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Just to give you all a bit of a NaNoWriMo update.

This whole experience has been an interesting excursion into the world of the serious writers, with those of you who call it your profession. Realizing and accepting that I am a hobby writer, the kind of writer who is navigating the world of blogging and throwing a few short stories or poems at magazines and competitions, has been an eye opener. It has been an excellent way for me to survey my surroundings, then take a step back and start to assess where I want the future to take me.

So far I have kept up with the word count, but my pre- NaNo life, has had to be squeezed into shorter time frames adding a great deal of pressure to an already busy time schedule. I think my poor hubby is also experiencing this NaNoWriMo madness, as I test out my own version of  ‘Jamie Oliver’s 15 Minute Meals’.

Over the coming days, as my NaNo’ efforts get closer to the brick wall of  ‘Where to next?’ and probable abandonment, I don’t believe it is a bad thing. Honesty with myself and my aspirations are far more important, so is the integrity of my faith and lifestyle. My head has a growing list of pro’s and con’s, where finding the right answers seem to be disguised in negative responses,  failure being the greatest villain.

Failing to complete this assignment is not, to my mind a failing, if I come out of it with more insight and a better understanding of who I am and where I am going. I am a winner on so many more levels, as I do have the makings of something that may polish up and go somewhere one day. There is also a greater understanding of the pressures my peers are under to produce their novels and while I already take great delight in cheering them on. From here on in, they will encouraged in much richer ways.

On a final note for my ‘Wednesday’s Writing Thoughts’, a blogging light was turned out this week, when one of my fellow bloggers took the very wise and courageous move, to concentrate on her family and the books she was already working on. This may have added to my deep and meaningful dilemma, but has reinforced the very real fact that family do come first in my life too.

It is on that note I bid you all a good day and see how close that brick wall really is.

While some walls should be climbed over or broken down, this one offers me protection and a safe boundary. I may however need to grow a climbing rose against it and enjoy the blooms, along with their heady perfume, over a coffee or two.

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

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Why do people blog?

Why am I blogging?

This is the question I have been asking myself as I look back over my posts. It has been three months since I launched myself into Blogisphere and over that time I have come to appreciate some incredible story tellers, read fantastic articles and received wonderful feedback and encouragement.

Coming out of the shadows as a hobby writer and positioning myself in a spotlight, is not something that comes easy for me. Creating a public profile and experiencing this type of lifestyle, is in many ways alien to the me that I have known so well.

So far, blogging has been a great test of endurance and discipline as I’ve sat and considered what each post would be. As I review this, I am feeling rather proud to have 38 posts under my belt, this one making my 39th.

Now I think I’m in need of some vitamin D, as I have been working in front of a computer screen for most of the day. Sunshine can come in a bottle(thanks to the health food stores), but it is much better when taken in the great outdoors.
Post 40 will be coming to a screen near you soon!
 

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

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