What’s Up

Hi! It seems to me like a good time for an update post, just to take stock of things, and get all the informational stuff out of my system. Kind of like Spring Blog Cleaning. Or not. I don’t know.

Well, as you might have noticed, I’ve been having a lot of “deep thoughts” to write about lately. It seems a lot of people have liked these posts, so I’m going to do more of them whenever I have something along those lines to talk about. What about the writing advice? Do you want to see more of that? (I get so few actual comments that no one has yet mentioned caring about my writing advice. Statistically speaking, how many readers to you need before you start getting actual comments? Probably several hundred at least, right? I’m not really at those numbers, sadly, so comments are rare, although “likes” abound. So thanks for that.)

The No-Recipe Life is now the permanent home for food and lifestyle posts, basically everything that doesn’t fit into the whole writing blog interface. Those of you who might have liked reading about my random adventures, life events, happenings, and various and sundry other topics (I know those mean the same thing), check it out. I’ve been spending a lot of time trying to work on the site so the navigation is more interesting, and it has some new features as well–such as monthly favorites.

I have been trying to clean/pretty up this blog as well. You may have noticed the “What I’m Reading” page, which I don’t expect will be extremely in-depth. Just a short account of the books in my life. I don’t know if I’ll actually include reviews. Maybe if anyone asks about a particular book.

I might be rewriting my “About” page, and adding a new picture. I like the one there, taken on the grounds at Bennington College in 2009, but it might be nice to have a more recent one as well. I’m not sure how much I like the text that’s there, so if I come up with a better bio, I will be replacing it.

Considering that my Helen of Troy novel is on hiatus, I am going to retire the “Helen” page. The chapters will still be available to read in the posts that I put up, however long ago that was–a year? Two? I know it was a while ago. Instead, I’m going to turn that page into a “featured story,” which will change as often as I have a new one ready to post. As soon as the first one is done, you’ll see that switch. I’m sure I will take a moment to announce it, so don’t worry about keeping close tabs on my tabs. Hehe.

For those of you who come for my microfiction, I am sorry to say I just haven’t had much inspiration lately for other lives or strange things, so my micro series are currently languishing, half-remembered, while I try to get things done like cleaning my room and trying every cafe in Boston. (And if you want to hear about those things, again, head over to the No-Recipe Life, linked above.) I’m really hoping for some flash ideas soon, but for now maybe you can just go read the old ones. Tell me which is your favorite!

Finally, I just want to briefly mention that I have created a twitter account. I’m the last one on that bandwagon, I know, just squeezing myself in where there’s room. It’s a pretty big wagon though. If you’re interested in following me, it’s @devawriting. If you’re on twitter, let me know and I can follow you!

Thanks for reading this essentially boring post. Stay tuned for something more interesting to read.

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To-Twit, To-Who – Or Something Like That

So far I have pretty much avoided Twitter at all costs. I don’t have a Twitter account and I don’t really want one. Yay, me, sticking to my principles!

It would seem, however, that resistance is futile. As they say.

There’s a writing contest I want to enter. I heard about it through GalleyCat, which does occasionally provide information I actually find useful. This is a link to the info. If you feel like entering, you should. http://www.unstuckbooks.org/contest

If you clicked on the link, you probably noticed that you have to follow them on Twitter in order to enter. I think this is a stupid rule, as writing, and having one’s writing recognized, should not depend on who you follow on Twitter. Although it is a pretty smart way to gain a few more followers.

The dilemma: I’m actually good at microfiction. I have been for a while  now. Although I find it difficult to find microfiction contests that seem worth entering – not to mention that my favorite pieces never seem to be the favorites of my readers… of course, that’s beside the point.

The point being, this contest might be worth entering – or, considering how much I DON’T want a Twitter account, it might not be. I have a little time to decide, so my plan is to create the piece(s) and then, before the deadline, decide if I want to make an account and follow Unstuck in order to submit. If not, I can always post the writing here. 😀

Question to Twitter users: Do you feel it’s worthwhile to have an account? Assuming that you use it on a regular basis, because I figure that if I do create an account I should commit and do regular posts, maybe gain some new fans for my fiction and inch slightly closer to “fame” as a writer.

“Fame” is in quotes because I don’t really want to be famous. People who just want fame do silly things like marry for publicity and get pictures of their junk posted online. …Yeah, I’m not doing that.