The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me! So I’ve heard it over and over. You need a blog. And, because I am, by nature, reclusive and strange, my response has always been ‘ick, no.’ But, lately I’ve been thinking about my life as a writer. See, my reclusiveness is at odds with my desire to share my stories. I want more readers and this year is set to be one of the biggest in my career, release wise and the blog thing has become almost a chant from every single person I talk to. So here we are. You sitting patiently, waiting for me to be brilliant and me sitting over here like ‘why are you looking at me like that?’

Yeah, blogging has never been my thing. I don’t go to parties, my taste in movies is downright weird, and even when it comes to books my recommendations are often odd. I could spend hours telling you how to write, but every single bit of advice is going to be meaningless once I give you the only thing you will ever really use. Which is: figure out what works for you. I could tell you what I do every single day. And none of it might work for you. One writer will tell you to write every single day and another will tell you they only write when they have a handle on the story. If you are a writer, this is your fight and the only way to be any good at it is to figure out what works for you.

So there I was, with this confusing muddle of ‘what could I possibly have to say’, cringing every single time someone told me to start a site with a blog, trying to figure out another way to find my readers. Then it hit me like a load of bricks (you know, the sort stamped with ‘how did I not think of that before’) dropping right on my head. I don’t teach writing classes and I’m not looking to start. There are so many people out there that are better for that job because my second piece of advice is ‘suck it up, Buttercup, and read the last paragraph’. I’m not the sort to coddle you through writer’s block because I’ve been there a thousand times and have come to know it for exactly what it is. Self pity and avoidance. Something is not right in Wonderland and you need to figure it out for yourself. And sitting online reading a thousand blogs will never, ever help you because it is your muse pouting silently in the corner and, like your last girlfriend, she’s waiting for you to say or do something to make her love you again. Hint: start by turning off your phone and logging off Facebook.

So why would I start a blog giving out my opinion on anything or trying to offer up advice other writers have already given a thousand times over in far kinder ways than I am capable of? I wouldn’t and that was where I so often ran up against a wall when the word ‘blog’ came up. What I would do, however, is tell stories. Because that is pretty much all I want to do, all the time, every single day. Not just my own stories either. See, when I was about ten, I became fascinated with two things. Ghosts and magic. In fact, I became so enamored with both that I read every single thing I could. I have read so much over so many years that I can tell you stories from Celtic Mythology and reel out the names of all the Gods and Goddesses in Greek Mythology just to turn around and give you a lecture on their Roman incarnations. Then I can tell you all about the most famous haunted houses and more than a few nobody else really knows about. Urban legends? Right here, baby. And, yes, I can give you a list of excellent books to read if you are into any of these things. What hit me, my dears, is the simple, inescapable fact that, until now, I’d never thought to attach to the idea of blogging what I practice in my stories. Write what you love.

I was that kid at Halloween that was watching the Garfield Halloween special on one channel and taping Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman on another. I was the kid in high school English that wrote a twenty page paper on the Pantheon of Greek Mythology (true story). I am that crazy person that wishes I’d gotten a letter from Hogwarts and still stubbornly insists that Santa Claus, in some form or another, does exist.

So here’s the deal. I won’t promise to be brilliant. Writing short has never been my strong suit. But I plan on sharing a number of things with you. I am going to be drawing on everything from my vast library of myths and legends, my knowledge of ghost stories, and my own short fiction, some of which will include short stories from my War For InΓ¬sfail series and my own ghost stories. I am going to, on occasion, be lazy and tell you who else you ought to be reading (and that’s a list we’ll never get to the bottom of) and why. And, yes, this is all copyrighted. Please do not steal from me; I bite.

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. β€” Izaak Walton

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8 Comments on “The Journey Begins

  1. “My reclusiveness is at odds with my desire to share my stories” ~ I could relate so much with this!

    Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about this thing they’re saying about having a “blog niche.” When I first started my blog, I wanted to write only about psychology-related stuff. But I found out that I felt the need to write about other things I loved, too, things that have shaped me as a person–writing, art/creativity, philosophical musings on daily events. Looking back, it now seems to me that it was inevitable I would write about these things. I couldn’t stick to a single “niche” because I couldn’t separate my blog and my writing from my being, and I have more than just one side.

    Wishing you the best of luck with your blogging journey! As long as you follow the stories that tug at your heart and compel you to share, I think you’re in for a liberating and amazing ride.

    P.S. I’m still waiting for my letter from Hogwarts.

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    • I know exactly what you mean about that niche. I can’t even stick to writing one genre of book. How the heck am I supposed to stick to one topic or idea for years? I love horror. I love fantasy. Ghost stories are my thing, but magic is too. And mythology. And Urban Legends. I am enamored with the weird and unusual. I think that was what was in my way for so long, that people were telling me to limit myself and, by association, my readers.

      I think a large part of my issue was that I know so many people like me. People with a multitude of interests that all circle the same sorts of ideas, like magic and ghosts, and I know how easy it is to get bored with a site or author that just keeps saying the same things over and over without giving anything new. Plus, it felt like, as an author, I’m expected to write something about writing. Which sort of made me feel like I was limiting my audience to other writers. I mean, when you get right down to it, you go to work every single day and no matter how much blood shed there might be inside your head, it still looks dead boring from the outside.

      I spent a long time stuck in this mindset because I was repelled by the idea of putting myself out there and never really thought about it in-depth. It became a sort of reflex answer.

      ‘Start a blog!’
      ‘Nope, no way, never gonna happen.Be gone, Satan!’

      But the more I thought about getting my writing out there and finding readers, the more I started thinking about the sorts of blogs I love best – the ones about ghosts, fantasy, abandoned places, and creepy stories – and realized I was just looking at it all wrong the whole time. I’ve got all these short stories that I don’t really do anything with and a whole lot of weird facts rolling around in my head. Who knows. Maybe it’ll work, maybe not, but I’m feeling pretty optimistic about it πŸ˜€

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      • Yeah, you’ll never know who’ll be entertained or whose perspectives will be changed by those short stories you’ve written. Sharing your writing transforms those words from just expression to a source of connection. Have fun blogging! πŸ™‚

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