I made it to the end of National Blog Post Month! I posted every single day in November — and I only did two picture posts, so there! I participated last year, but missed a couple of days, which I thought was something to celebrate (and it was), but actually completing the exercise this year felt even better! Really, it did.
Not one to
learn her lesson the first time rest on her laurels, with the encouragement and promise of camaraderie from one Elin Stebbins Waldal over at Beyond the Backyard Blues, I’m going to attempt to complete a post a day in December, also. I’ll tell you why in a minute, but first I want to encourage you to pop over and read Elin’s work. Grab a cup of coffee first, though, because it’s a good bet that you’ll be there awhile. Elin is a fantastic writer.
Like the inability to eat one potato chip, it is highly unlikely that you will be able to stop at reading just one of Elin’s finely wrought pieces of prose. If you are the type of person who can eat one potato chip (or one Tootsie Roll!), please feel free to share with me how you are able to do such a thing. If your answer is “will power”, though, don’t bother. I have little to none of that. Still, I’ll bet you won’t read just one of her posts. And why should you? Unlike junk food, reading good writing is a calorie-less and guilt-free endeavor. (Unless, like me, you read with a bag of Tootsie Rolls beside you.)
Elin and I are stylistically and thematically as different as two writers can be. Yet, I can’t help but learn something, usually about myself, when I read her work. She has the ability, through her words, to draw us in, but, more importantly to connect her readers not only to her, but to themselves. That is a rare and special gift and one that I would like to share with all of you. Merry Christmas and you’re welcome.
Why have I chosen, given the madness that was November, to take up the challenge to write every day in December, as well? Anyone who knows me, knows that “because she’s insane” would not be the worst answer in the world to this question, but, in this case, it is not the correct answer. Not this time, anyway.
The real reason has to do with writing prompts based on a theme. Writing extemporaneously has been, since I began my illustrious career as a blogger, my method. It’s worked out fairly well for me, but even I find that I’m bored with my subject matter. I’d like to write less about work. My family would like me to write less about them. I won’t guarantee that some of the prompts won’t send me in those same directions, but I’m hoping to stretch my thinking and my writing muscles a bit more than I normally do.
Because the theme for the month is “joy”, I’m fairly certain that I won’t be telling many work-related stories. There is little that I find joyful down at “The Annoying Bar & Grill”. For the most part, you’ve gotten to know my family — the long-suffering husband, “Fang”, the always delightful teenage daughter, “Fangette”, and the rodent-loving overweight feline who resides with us, “The Great Fanganini” — as I’ve described them, which has largely been when they have been at their worst. I thought it might be nice to, where appropriate, portray them in a better light. They do, indeed, bring me joy.
That they bring me joy is something that I want you to know. I want them to know it, too. And, it wouldn’t hurt for me to say it.
Don’t think that it hasn’t occurred to me that, as an added bonus and if all goes well, I may be able to bind up these posts and give them as Christmas gifts. That will be a real money-saver. Saving money always brings me joy.
Let this post serve as fair warning then, folks. I’ll be around a lot in December. To bring you joy. (I know. I know. It’s going to be a real challenge!)