Looking for Change

Come April, this blog will turn two.

Well, that’s a bit of a cheat. I created the blog back in 2010, wrote a few scattered posts, and then abandoned it. It came to life again as the result of  my participation in a “platform” challenge in April 2011. During that challenge created by Robert Lee Brewer, I learned a lot about social media and blogging in general and met many kindred souls.

I began the “new, improved” Writerly Life blog with the idea that it would be about what the tag line says: the writing life–how I was/am living it–and writing craft. But over the past year, the blog seems to have gone in a different direction. My posts have moved toward more memoir and personal narrative than writing advice.

So as I approach the blog’s birthday, I’m thinking about change and direction: Is it time for a new look? Maybe a new title and/or tag line? Should this space be primarily a “writer” site that deals with writing craft and issues? Or should it be a place for memoir and reflection? A mash-up of both? The memoirs and reflective essays often tend to tie in with my writing life, so there is that.

I would love to know where you think The Writerly Life should go from here. I hope you’ll participate in the poll below. If I haven’t covered a suggestion you’d like to make or if you’d like to elaborate, please leave a comment.

The blog is for you, you know. Help me re-establish its identity.

(You may choose more than one answer.)

Starting Tomorrow: October Challenges!

Bring ’em on—the October challenges, that is! Starting tomorrow, I’ll participate in two writing challenges of different sorts.

 

The Submit-O-Rama is the brainchild of Khara House, poet/blogger extraordinaire at Our Lost Jungle. Khara has offered several levels of commitment so we can submit our work during October at a rate we’re comfortable with. I’m going with the one I think I’m most likely to do–the Submit-O-Rama Choice Challenge–wherein I make my own rules. And my rules will be to submit one story a week over the next month–not the same story each time!

 

 

My parents, before I was born.

 

 

The other challenge I’m subscribing to of my own free will is the October Memoir and Backstory Blog Challenge hosted by Jane Ann McLachlan at Join the Conversation. You’ll learn more about this one and my motivation for participating when you read the first memory blog post tomorrow: a memory before the age of two! Jane Ann has encouraged us to be creative, so we’ll see how it goes.

 

 

Both of these challenges are great practices for the writing life!

Visit Khara and/or Jane Ann and join in the fun. It’s not too late! And please do come back here tomorrow to see where the memory lane leads me first!