Despite problems with intermittent Internet connection, disappearing blog entries and my lack of technical knowledge, accepting ‘The Versatile Blogger’ award from Pete Denton has proved to be a giant leap forward for me.
I’ve had several interesting ‘conversations’ with other bloggers and I’m now much more comfortable communicating with writers whose work I admire. I feel part of the on-line community, connecting with people who have similar interests and philosophies. This is exciting – throughout my life I’ve often felt that nobody understands me. 😦 Now these authors are identifying with my words – which is energising and inspires me to write more. I’ve even gained a few new subscribers – Welcome!
I have also widened my reading choices. Receiving a positive comment from Craig Hallam, I paid a return visit to his site. He works in genres unfamiliar and – until now – unattractive to me. But I have downloaded ‘Not Before Bed’, his collection of dark short stories, (the first of which brings to mind Roald Dahl’s ‘Tales of the Unexpected’,) and I’m err…enjoying it. I’m not sure whether ‘Steampunk’ fiction is for me – but I’m looking forward finding out when Craig’s forthcoming novel in that category, ‘Greaveburn’, becomes available.
Having to share seven things about myself has proved unexpectedly rewarding. I generally dismiss my past accomplishments – even counting some of them as ‘failures’. For example – I never qualified as a Naval Nurse, because I met and married a matelot, choosing to set up a shore base with him and raise a family, rather than be drafted – on my own – to a different port.
When my children were at college, I embarked on an extended course of study too. After juggling career, distance learning and home life for nearly a decade, I finally gained my Diploma in Housing – only to take early retirement a few years later.
Nevertheless, I’ve always risen to every challenge, walking away only when a situation no longer serves my purpose. So revisiting my past has strengthened my resolve to do only those things that please and satisfy me, from now on. I’ve ‘paid it forward’, as it were, earning my right to spend all day in my dressing gown, scrumbling a cushion cover; clicking links on other people’s blogs, or reading ‘chick lit’ in the name of research.
I’ve also learned a great deal about WordPress for iPad – how to write a draft without accidentally publishing it mid-sentence, how to insert links and how to ensure that the ‘post’ button on the comments field isn’t hidden under the on-screen keyboard. Now I just have to train the final edit to ‘Stay!’, so that the rest rest of the world can read it too.
Here we go then, fingers crossed …..