Traci Carver, whom I consider the Goddess of the Blog (using the logic that anyone who could teach a full day of English class and still have the energy to write blog entries and, more superhumanly, still have a sense of humor after a day of surly teens), has tagged me for the blog tour, and far be it from me to leave the chain unbroken.
1. What am I working on now?
I’m afraid that this blog represents the extent of my non-work-related writing at this point. Ultimately, I’d like to write a biography of my grandmother, Naomi Kimball Harris, whose life story has all the drama and inspirational value of a major work of fiction. I’d started that project last summer, assembling the stories on my blog Naomi’s Story, but that project has kind of fizzled lately due to multiple jobs and needy offspring. (OK, I confess there’s only ONE needy offspring, but he can, and will, generate a whole brood’s worth of neediness when he wants to.) Anyway, I’d like to eventually expand and organize her anecdotes into a cohesive narrative.
2. How does my work differ from others in the genre?
To be honest, it probably doesn’t. I’d started Moments of Unexpected Beauty to try to record all the moments of beauty, inspiration, or hilarity that I didn’t want to lose to time. I’d all too often experienced something that I was sure I’d never forget, only to realize it had drifted into the fuzzy void within days. I’m attempting to combat that frustrating amnesia by writing.
3. Why do I write what I do?
In addition to keeping this blog as a personal memoir, I’m trying to write things that I would want to read if someone else wrote them. I’m especially interested in a self-sufficient, back-to-the-land, tree hugger type lifestyle, so I’m recording as much as I can about my (often laughable) attempts to be One with Nature. My latest endeavor has been the beekeeping enterprise, which has so far yielded mixed results but has definitely been worth trying, so I’ve been writing about that. I also like reading funny things, so I’m doing my darndest to be as funny as possible (an effort which, like my beekeeping, often yields mixed results.)
4. How does my writing process work?
My attempts to be a loyal, disciplined writer have proved futile; I’d envisioned blocking off a designated writing time every day and sticking to it, inspiration or none. Unfortunately, I’ve had to yield to reality and stick to writing when I experience something so incredibly wonderful, or Sage says something so incredibly hilarious, that it Must Be Recorded Now.
I now tag Katherine Schneider’s blog www.kathiecomments.wordpress.com. Dr. Schneider is a retired clinical psychologist and author of several books whose acquaintance I’ve recently had the privilege of making. Her blindness hasn’t kept her from accomplishing several lifetimes’ worth of achievements, and her work and generosity on behalf of people with disabilities has helped make life in our community much, much better. Plus, she has a really cute seeing eye dog.
I also tag Kathryn Stinson’s blog The North Node. Kathryn, a psychotherapist and writer, has more profound thoughts than you can shake a stick at, and she’s willing to share them with her adoring fans, of which I am one.
I hope anyone reading this enjoys their blogs as much as I do. The baton passes to you, my friends!