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Choosing Your Next To Read

Trouble Choosing Your Next To-Read? Here’s 5 Helpful Tips

If you’re like me, the seemingly endless choice of what to read next can be overwhelming. New books come out weekly. Established authors keep writing. New/emerging authors keep writing. For us English speakers, new translations are released exposing us to even more talent from around the world. Factor in the books that already exist whether you’ve heard of them or not and it’s like how does one even start? Should I read my way through classics, keep it contemporary, or mix it up? But then what?
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Write, Type, Speak It Down


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“Write it down, type it down, speak into your phone, just get it down. Ideas won’t stay in your head forever.”-Me

We like to trust our memories because we think of them as steel traps and a sign of youthfulness. And it’s true that some people are far better at remembering things than others. But it’s good for us as writers or creative persons to put our concepts and ideas into some physical form.

Short term memory only has so much space before it eventually dumps the input to make room for new information. Long term memory is great, but I’m not sure that a spontaneous idea is going to get placed there unless you run it over in your head repeatedly to commit it. Even then, the more you run through it, the more it’s changing, shifting, and parts could end up missing by the time you believe you’re ready to address them. Think of recalling a dream. When you retell it to someone, no matter how vivid it may be in your mind, it’s never a whole recreation. So why would you expect your ideas to remain whole after you let them sit in your mind?

I know, sometimes there just doesn’t seem to be a chance in the hustle and bustle of jobs or simply inopportune times the ideas spring up. Not only does technology make things easier, having traditional standbys work just as well.
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A Second, Then a Third

Two siblings,
brought together not through birth,
but adoption
Locked eyes in a stare down
Filled with the “eye of the tiger
One daringly taking the first leap
Two siblings,
clashed to the ground wrestling, thrashing
A frantic separation not knowing who was the victor
The youngest paced in contemplation
whipping its tail.

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Holiday Hiatus

I’ve been meaning to post something, but traveling and the holidays have been “in the way.” Really, spending time with those special people I’ve been spending time with, just knocked the idea of updating my sites right out of my head. Besides, most other people are likely just as occupied in their own holiday hectic-ness, which isn’t even over yet. Still New Year’s Eve & Day festivities to go. I could take the opportunity to come up with some sort of New Year’s Resolution or opinionated piece on the matter (of resolutions)…but I don’t really want to do that either. At least not yet. Instead, I’ll just say THANK YOU to everyone that has been reading this blog, or my other one, or both (high-five if it’s both 😉 ). I appreciate it and it has been encouraging to discover if I keep the content flowing more people may take notice.

I’m not sure which direction these sites will take in the coming year, but I plan on ironing out more details, and dividing my attention a bit more. The sensible thing would be to keep the momentum going, but I don’t always do that which is sensible. Anywho, that’s it for now. Hope you’ve all had a pleasant holiday season, and if not that the new year is kinder to you.
Cheers!
L.A. Lanier

Scheduling Posts’ Publication

One of the features I find extremely useful on WordPress, is the ability to schedule when your post will be “published.” Especially for people who take delight in being an over achiever *chuckles* and coming up with a lot of content at once. Initially, I used the feature so my entry would go up at a more reasonable hour than whenever I conceived the idea or finished writing. In deciding to start my Ten Word Journaling “series,” I have taken to scheduling all of them to release Monday, Wednesday, or Friday as content allows. I thought everything was without error, more people were starting to take notice of my posts, a few even offering some feedback. All very good, encouraging things 😀

Then today, I see that the 5th entry was already up, and that seemed too soon. Sure enough, I had somehow scheduled my 5th and 4th entries in reverse order. Oops! The easiest solution seemed to be changing the titles, which is what I’ve done. I’m treating this moment as yet another learning experience, as I ease into the blogosphere, to check and double-check any future scheduled entries. With these it doesn’t matter quite so much, but for other projects I may decide on it could. So, I encourage anyone else new to blogging and exploring features to double-check and then let the “magic” fly.

Giving Applause & Thoughts on Blogging

I have no qualms giving credit where it’s due. Right now, I want to give a round of applause to all the writers and/or bloggers that keep a steady flow of content going on their sites. Wherever they may be, whether I follow them or never. Sometimes, it’s remarkable. Other times, perhaps the content covers topics done to death, but hey, they are still “publishing” on a regular basis. And that is a habit I have not yet mastered, and may never master.

Image courtesy of pdclipart.org

Image courtesy of pdclipart.org.

In a sense, I feel as if I took on more than I could realistically handle before developing any kind of routine, which just maybe I should have done. The amount of ideas coming to me have continued at a sprinting pace since I created my sites, while writing them down and posting is just power walking on a treadmill listening to headphones. Sure, I could still try to write some of them, but a handful have lost their relevance. Aside from that, trying to juggle utilizing social media to not only find people who may have interest in my work, but also find individuals or organizations whose work I also find interesting is its own challenge. I mean, the WordPress community itself is another social network, and I have barely branched out into it. Something else I’m working on changing, at least slightly.

What it comes down to is really just taking a breather. Looking at what I’m doing, what I want to do and setting aside the time for very specific actions that need to happen. All in all, I have no regrets in starting my blogs, or even neglecting them to some extent. Because it’s a new experience, I’m still learning, and I still look forward to seeing where putting myself and writing out there, more consistently, leads me.