My friend Mary, of Finding Joy In All Things, invited me to participate in a blog hop. I’ve more or less given up on blog hops, for obvious reasons, but I’m making an exception for this one.
For 3 reasons:
1) I consider Mary a good friend, it’s a JV/FJV thing, and it’s really hard to say know to a fellow FJV, even if you have yet to meet in person (and that’s only a matter of time). Plus she happily agreed to guest post & it’s about time I return the favor.
2) This is far from your typical blog hop.
3) The end of summer session is staring me in the face & I should be further along in my coursework than I should be. As in I should’ve done more work in June, like I had planned on, in between lengthy naps.
The point of this blog hop is to answer questions about my writing process. Then I’ll introduce you to other bloggers who I hope will participate in the blog hop.
What am I working on?
Blogging: Admittedly this is the one area where I’ve dropped the ball, at least compared to how much attention I used to devote to it. I used to think blogging was my outlet, until recently. I still like blogging but things have shifted for me. These days I go for quality over quantity. I’m finding it more worthwhile to grow in other aspects of blogging & the outreach involved rather than simply pumping out weakened content at an alarming rate and wonder why no one is reading it.
Speaking & Other Ventures: My hours at my job (the consistent paycheck) were cut back a few months ago. As much as I miss (and depend) the money I was hoping that the “free time” would allow me to work on this area as much as I’d like to. It’s been going well and I’ve been booking more talks than ever before. It’s more overwhelming than I thought (there’s paperwork no one tells you about, for example) but so much more exciting and fulfilling than I ever thought possible.
School: See reason number 3 above.I’m devoting most of my time to school these days, even as a part time student. It’s taking up my life full time, but not in a bad way, in fact it’s quite the opposite. I’m really enjoying learning (HUGE for me), even with the unpleasant things like midterms and papers.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My work differs from others because I don’t think it fits into just one genre. I talk about a few topics, special needs/disability, faith/religion, and most recently life as a grad student. Let’s not forget about those times when I write about whatever comes to mind.
I’m probably not the only disabled Catholic who’s also an advocate and theology grad student (to name a few things) out there, but I’m sure there aren’t that many of us out there.
Why do I write what I do?
I started writing because a friend asked me to & I needed an outlet. These days I write what I do because there’s a need to have differing opinions, especially in the special needs/disability community. I also write because I don’t have the attention span to write a book. Also let’s not ignore the fact that I find myself in situations that you just can’t make up. I can’t not tell people about them either, I’ve tried, and it doesn’t work.
How does my writing process work?
There’s no process in my process, especially if I’m left to my own devices. Seriously.
As intense as HAWMC is it’s a lot easier for me in a sense since there are prompts for each day. I try to have a plan when I know I’m going to be posting more than usual. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes I make a plan and change it last minute.
I tend to go through “spurts” of blogging. I can write multiple posts at a time without any trouble and then I can go weeks looking for ideas or struggling to write one post. Let’s just say I thank whoever invented the ability to schedule posts on a regular basis.
I like when readers (or other people) have questions for me the most. They’re not always easy to answer as you would think, not because I don’t know the answer. It’s more of how to explain it. Sometimes my internal thought process is so automatic I don’t see how others may have questions. I like being able to break things down for people (and myself). Plus answering questions usually gets me thinking more. More thinking means more posts. Win-win.
Look ma, no process.