Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Things I know for sure: simmer down with the emails

While I could make an endless list, including anything you all chime in with, here's my realization today of what is not working.

Writer's Digest emails.

Holy shit.

Why did I sign-up for these emails?  A free e-book.  That I haven't even read yet.  Hell, I don't remember the name of it.  Actually, I don't think it's even a book, more of a list of one-hundred-something resources for aspiring writers.

What have I gotten?  Not what I was hoping for.  What was I hoping for?

.... okay, you got me there.  But I can sure as hell tell you it wasn't 3 to 5 emails per day.

A large portion of the emails is an ad for a class available to register for.  While the class sounds great, and I'm sure I would learn a lot, I don't have $99 just laying around for a class that I'm not very confident I'd have the time to dedicate to it.  Yes, some are cheaper, but the lowest I've seen is about $60 which is still beyond my budget.

If there's one thing I have learned in my I-want-to-be-a-writer-for-real endeavors, it's that I can find just as many informative free "guides" and the like as there are ones meant to pull money from my strapped pocket.

A few more of the emails, also aligned with things requiring cash better spent on more urgent matters, is about that Barefoot Writer/AWAI group.  Just $49 for a year's membership?  AWESOME!  Oh wait, the Google Gods worked to my advantage on that one.  I'm not going to go into details here (as proponents of AWAI are very diligent as far as saying how great they are), but Google it yourself.*

The rest of the emails have SO MUCH information in them that my eyes begin to roll behind my head and I switch over to The Sims because telling someone they should build a garden gnome is easier than figuring out what the hell is useful in that email.

My routine and brain are both extremely comfy to the method I follow currently: blogs.  Sure, if a great blog I'm following shares another article, of course I'll check it out.  I like being spoken to like a person, which most blogs rock at.  If I wanted things barked at me like an algebra textbook I wouldn't have dropped out of college.

In other news, I've joined up for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge this April.

I know.  Dara.  The one who can't stick with a regular blogging schedule.

I like the idea of having a theme, but as I'll be a challenge virgin, I'm gonna stick with the safe route and just use the theme of the alphabet.  I know.  Totally original.

Any of you participating in the challenge this year?

* Really, any comments that show up here from any AWAI member I'm gonna go ahead and remove.  That is not the main topic of my post today, nor do I want it to be.  Calm the hell down.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

IWSG February.... whoops!

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is the sexy creation of Alex J Cavanaugh.   Its glorious purpose is to share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!  Visit the website and/or join the Facebook Group.

Welcome!  Failure!

That's how I've been feeling since I last posted.

What have I been reading?  What have I been writing?  How are those pretend "resolutions" going that I've wanted to add into my life?  I'll let The Dude tell you.

I am struggling and I am struggling bad.  Not.  A.  Thing.  I COMPLETELY forgot today was IWSG until I finally got around to getting caught up on a week's worth of blogs I supposedly follow.  And just getting around to reading those has taken a week.  I try to sit down and pump out something of a blog post only to abandon my efforts after 2 hours.  Which I am nearly at right now.

Most of my posts as of late have been me being whiny, depressed, and annoyed with myself.  I don't know how to get started anymore.  I set goals for myself, I don't do them.  I take Adam's advice and write or post or something when I feel like it.  I never feel like it.  I try to pop into a community for support but I still then come off whiny and people get that damn-that-girl's-a-mess-let's-leave-her-be attitude towards me.

How can I get back on the wagon?  Because I've run out of ideas.