Good news (maybe): My blogging is going to become more regular. More frequent. You'll be learning lots about me (perhaps not the best news there).
Bad news: My blogging is going to be a bit stranger & more random. My posts might not entail flourishing intros and summaries. Sometimes my entries might be a paragraph long or go on forever. I really can't say.
"Why are you doing this to us?" I can hear all four of you screaming as you pound your fists on your keyboards.
I'm working on a new project, that's why. And you'll just have to come along for the ride (by law you have to, srsly).
I'm taking an online workshop by Cathy Zielske. Back in the day, when I was big into scrapbooking and subscribed to all the magazines, Cathy was one of my all time favorite contributors. Her style is clean with very few embellishments. Most of her aesthetics come through how she type sets her words and which fonts she uses. I loved it. She's also quite funny, which is always a good thing. Not cheesy. And not LDS (I don't know why that makes me like her more, but it does...probably because then she's not cheesy as I mentioned before).
Anyway, I stumbled upon a workshop she is starting next week called
Me: The Abridged Version
She based the workshop on a book called Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Take a peek at it here and read Cathy's conception for the workshop here if you're interested. I just started reading it and I find it hilarious and brilliant. It's exactly my kind of writing. She just gives her "take" on little things in her life in a fun & witty way. And she went ahead and alphabetized them creating an encyclopedia of sorts. It's perfect. Truth be told, it's the book I would have loved to have written.
Tangent: I love the description on the book jacket: I have not survived against all odds. I have not lived to tell. I have not witnessed the extraordinary. This is my story. Though I have managed to write half of a half of a novel, I fully believe that those that create the best art and literature are those who have experienced amazing things or had exorbitant amounts of pain in their lives (i.e. Sylvia Plath, VanGogh, Eminem, etc). My life is ordinary, happy and, let's just be honest here, mundane (which is just how I like it, btw). This book by Mrs. Rosenthal speaks to me. It's my life. With a few of the details changed (and a few less F-bombs....not sure why those are even in there but there are a couple).
So anyway, I'm creating a book of my own similar to Rosenthal's encyclopedia with the help of Cathy Zielske. No, not for publishing purposes. But certainly for my own enjoyment and maybe, if they care, my posterity. I think it will at the very least be a fun exercise in creative writing and make blogging a little more interesting.
Which brings me back to my original point.... things might get weird around here. I'm currently in the process of making lists under each letter of subjects I might want to write about. This book will be all about ME and MY thoughts on things rather than a travelogue or description of the cute things my kids did or said (though they'll probably be mentioned from time to time). The subject matter will be random and silly and maybe even heartfelt from time-to-time. Who knows, right? But I'll be putting it all here on the blog. I'll then label it with the letter it will be filed under making it easier when the time comes to compile & print my book.
Does anyone wanna do this with me? (except you and your bad attitude, Memzy) I think it'd be awesome if a few of us were doing this together and could share things as we went along. I'm guessing I'll be using a few of my past posts as well (and put them under a letter I'm struggling with). I think your kids would love it....your husband would probably love it....and I bet you'd love making it if you gave it a shot. No pressure tho. Plz?