I have not posted a new blog this month and am upset about that. However, I have been excited about publishing Storm on Savage Mountain and beginning promotional efforts.
I also am writing a non-fiction book that will give information about what lead to the writing of that book. So, although I don't have time to write a new blog, I reviewed my list of partial blogs to finish one, but found this complete book that was written in October 2016 to welcome the new year, but never posted.
So here is reviewing my observations for 2017. (Maybe it is time to do this again)
A new blog, a new year, a new opportunity to write, to learn and hopefully to make a difference.
I originally chose josobservations because I envisioned this blog to be about a wide variety of issues, not just about reading and writing (although those are my favorite subjects).
There are so many things I want to write about and so little time, that I get frustrated. However, when trying to decide what to write about for this blog, I decided to review my past blogging history and see if this was accomplished.
Books: Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Tina Sankovitch
The Extreme Novelist by Kathryn Johnson
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande
The Great Detective by Zack Dundas
Last One Home by Debbie Macomber
Why We Write, edited by Meredith Maran
Unthink, rediscover your creative genius by erik wahl
Write Small, Stylize: A Slightly Obsessive History of Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style by Mark Garvey
Spunk & Bite: A writer’s guide to punchier, more engaging language & style by Arthur Plotnik
Perfect Bound by Katherine Pickett
What Price Eden by Dean Minnich
Christmas Carroll by Carroll County Writers
Writers have featured prominently in my blogs: John Steinbeck, Jeanne Adams, Tom Glenn, Dani Pettrey, Lucia St Clair Robson, Loree Lough, Doug Norton, D L Wilson, Julie Castillo, Lois Szymanski, Laura Bowers, Michele “Wojo” Wojciechowski, Mona Kirby, Fernando Quijano, B. Morrison, Jack Downs, Kerry Peresta, P J Wetzel, Betsy Riley, Alix Moore, Ally Machate and others.
Other Topics: I wrote about art featuring Jeffrey Kent, funny Christmas songs, and poetry in a blog about flying and again in my chapbook blog.
My writer friends and I enjoy sharing information and promoting other writers. So, many of my blogs are about communication, such as writing prompts, how to get ideas, publicity and promotion, local, state and national writing groups, writing conferences, book festivals and challenges such as Nanowrimo.
Looking back, there is plenty of variety and there will be more in the future. I plan to discuss more books. This gives me an excuse to read even more. I think my blogs have improved and hopefully that trend will continue.
One of the main reasons I loved being a reporter was because of the variety. Now, this blog gives me the opportunity to write about books, events and interesting people. I hope you will find these interesting and enjoyable.
I welcome questions, comments and suggestions for future blogs.