Practising growing younger, as per my previous post , seems to have made me more forgetful, not less,
for, until I read Sheri’s latest post, I had forgotten I had yet to complete my contribution to the Writing Travel Blog. Sheri invited me to participate way back in June! I made a good start. Now it is time to finish what I started.
There are four parts to the Writing Travel Blog:
1.What are you working on now?
The answer, as I gave before, is simple; I am only working on that which is before me; this post. However, for a bit of levity, I will add that I am also working on growing younger. The budding, exuberant growth in the garden provides inspiration for this task.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Since my “work” is my blog, I have to say that it doesn’t differ much from other blogs. Like many others, I have a mixture of text and photos, some humour and some more serious moments. Perhaps, one small idiosyncrasy is that I like to have layers (usually of meaning) in my posts. Layering challenges me as a writer but it also gives the reader many options and angles from which to choose when reading my words. For example, you may not be interested in my photographic take on the apple blossom, but you may be intrigued to know that the blossom is on a columnar Ballerina apple tree , which produces full-sized apples, and is the perfect fruit tree for a small, city garden.
3. Why do I write what I do?
Nowadays I write mostly for fun but the ‘why’ of the blog is still adequately expressed on my About page:
- to communicate our daily life to our family all over the world;
- to explore the theme of Joy & Woe as expressed by William Blake in Auguries of Innocence;
- to counterbalance the woe caused by the four large earthquakes and the 12,500 after shocks (to date) our city has experienced since the first big shake on September 4, 2010.
4. How does my writing process work?
Usually I read something, hear something, or see something, that prompts me to cogitate on a certain subject. Ideas and words form in my mind over a few hours or days, and when I have written my post, in my head, more or less how I want it to be, I come to the computer and write it down. Sometimes the transfer from head space to computer space goes smoothly; sometimes not. I don’t like to do drafts but I do spend time making sure a post sounds right ( to me); so that means hours of fiddling and checking and checking and fiddling before I press Publish, and send off my work into the plein air of the blogosphere, to ripen and flourish under the warmth of your readership.
To link back to the blogger who sent you the invitation to participate; that’s the lovely Sheri who is a writer and a passionate mental health advocate, as well as a generous reader and supporter of my blog and those of many other bloggers.
To invite other bloggers to join the Writing Travel Blog.
It’ s hard to choose but, today, my thoughts are with Stacey LePage at In the Corner and Cynthia Reyes. They are on difficult journeys. They are wonderful, spirited people. There is no pressure to accept my invitation to be part of the Writing Travel Blog but your stories are ones I am honoured to share.
Who has sharp eyes? Is there anything that bugs you about the first photo of forget-me-nots? Apart from the lack of focus. 🙂