Update

Hey all, I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything; life has been getting in the way a little bit. Or at least, that’s what I’ve been telling myself. I’d like to blame it on the fact that I had a full-time contract job from August through November. Or how—in what were some of the worst weeks of my life—I nearly lost my best fuzzy friend in the world when my cat got really sick (something I’ve tried probably a dozen times to write about since but can’t quite find the words I need). I’ve got excuses up the wazoo about the holidays, and housework, and hobbies, and non-stop job hunting. But after spending the entire day staring at a blank page I have to acknowledge the fact that while all those things are certainly contributing factors, the real problem is that my heart simply hasn’t been in it lately.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I haven’t wanted to write for this blog, it’s that every time I sit down to post something I either end up staring at a blank page for hours and hours until I give up or if I do manage to put words on the page they all sound wrong. It looks and sounds like writer’s block but it feels more like a motivation issue than a lack of ideas. If writer’s block is like beating my head against a wall until something comes to me, this is like a candle that’s been blown out. One feels like an external issue, the other an internal one. Fortunately, this problem seems to be restricted to this particular medium and hasn’t affected the novel—which is plodding along steadily. Still, it’s a troubling issue and one I’m not sure how to resolve. I’m hoping by posting this I’ll spark something or at the very least lay the groundwork for getting back into the habit of blogging.

All this to say, I’m sorry for the prolonged absence and with a little patience and a lot of luck I hope to get this blog back up and running again soon.

Town Line Tuesday: Six Months In

It’s been about a year since I moved to Nashville from California and about six months since I started the Town Line Tuesday segment on this blog. I created Town Line Tuesdays in order to hold myself accountable for finishing my novel and I wanted to use this landmark to look at how far I’ve come in these six months.

Sometimes it’s easy to feel like I’m standing still, like I haven’t made any progress at all. But in the time since I’ve started Town Line Tuesdays I’ve kept up with my weekly writing sessions at a local coffee shop, I’ve worked out a solution to the flashback problem I’d been having, and, best of all, I’ve hit (and passed) the 100 page mark. So, overall, I feel like this blog segment has been doing a good job of keeping me focused and motivated. At least as far as the novel goes anyway. As far as this blog goes–both the Town Line Tuesday Segment and the blog as a whole–however, I feel like in addition to the struggle to come up with new content for this segment, my focus on Town Line Tuesday has gotten in the way of content creation for the rest of the blog a bit and I haven’t really done a great job of keeping up with either side of the blog lately either. All that to say that while Town Line Tuesdays have been a big help with the novel, I think for the sake of this blog, reducing Town Line Tuesday updates to twice a month and, in exchange, increasing the amount of regular content on the blog–meaning more book and movie reviews, more daily life stuff, and possibly more short fiction–is the best thing to do at this point in time. Anyway, thanks for sticking with me through this dry spell, y’all are great!