If The Juggling Writer were a child, it would be on the cusp of tearing around with the energy of a caffeinated Chihuahua, making as much noise as it can.
It would demand attention: “IF YOU DON’T LISTEN TO ME, I’LL GET EVEN LOUDER!!!”
It would throw tantrums, but have also reached a point where it’s figured out there’s more out there and work to figure out its place in the world.
Year One / Year Two
The first two years of The Juggling Writer have been fairly focused, the entries written with the intent of pushing myself to capture my thoughts about writing into entries I hope have helped others.
Recently, a friend pointed out that while my fiction still has a spark, it’s become apparent in some of my other writing that I pay the bills as a technical writer. There’s a certain blandness that’s carried over to some entries.
I’m glad this friend pointed out the tech writing effect in a recent query letter; after he did (and after I rewrote the query letter to have some personality), it got me thinking about other things I write. I’ve been so into the “it’s not about me,” aspect of blogging that much of what I’ve written for The Juggling Writer lacks personality.
The information is all there, but just like the technical manuals and procedures I write, many of the entries during the first two years read like something from a trade journal.
The Terrible Twos
While the next year of The Juggling Writer won’t be the equivalent of a two-year-old tearing though the kitchen, pulling pots out of cabinets, and beating the hell out of them with metal ladles, I plan to have more fun.
Anyone who’s read Hell Comes with Wood Paneled Doors knows I have a sense of humor — and I want more of that to come through in the blog’s third year. I want to bug some talented friends for interviews. And I want to do more with video.
The blog’s not changing; it’s just getting better!
So here’s to another year!
Thank you all for being there the first two years — I hope the next year of The Juggling Writer is the best one yet!