Seven!

On this day in 2005, I tap tapped on the microphone that was Wearing Black in New Mexico and entered into a brand new world.

Six months later, I moved to PoMo Golightly, where I blogged about moving back East, writing, my dogs, my wedding, books, my life.

Seven years later, I’m settled in to my very own site, and as grateful as ever to have this lovely space and my amazing readers.

I’ve met countless friends from all around the world, learned so much, and enjoyed sharing my little bit of the world.

Thank you. Thank you for reading, for commenting, for emailing. Thank you for giving me a community, educating me, challenging me, and comforting me.

MWAH!

Welcome!

I’m so pleased that you’re here, visiting my new space. It has been in the works since July, and with lots of help from many talented people, I’m ready to move in.

Be sure to change your subscription in your RSS feed; click on the RSS button in the upper corner, and you should be all set.

I hope we see each other often!

Champagne All Around

Five years ago this afternoon, I wrote my first tentative "tap, tap" blog post.  Now, 773 posts later, I can't imagine life without PoMoGolightly, originally known as Wearing Black in New Mexico.  Since that first post, I've changed my knitting style, learned to spin and weave, improved my photography, earned my MFA, gained employment, gotten married, adopted another dog, and so many other wonderful things.  There have been moments of tribulation, too, and I'm grateful for the kind words that my dear readers (you!) have shared with me during those times.  I've got some exciting things simmering here at Chez Golightly, and I look forward to sharing them with you soon!

Want to see that first day's posting?

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You'll be tickled to know that as I type this, I'm STILL wearing black!

The most rewarding part of blogging, though, is the friendships I have formed with so many of my readers.  I enjoy the exchange of comments, emails, blog posts, and I am always thrilled when I meet a blogging friend in real life.

So, yeah.  Here I am in the back yard of the little yellow ranch with an orange door, a little chilly as fall tests the waters, and feeling grateful that you've chosen to share a few moments of your day with me.

Break out the bubbly and have a glass with me!

Winner!

Thank you all for your help!  I blushed a little reading your comments, and once I got over my shy feelings, I was able to create a list for my project.  I can't wait to share it with you!

As promised, I used a random number generator to pick a winner of a potholder:

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Teri!  Let me know what colors you'd like, and I'll put that crochet hook to work!

P.S. Max was set to 9.  I C&P this in and the max changed to 100.  The result stayed the same, though, I promise!

Help, Please, and a Contest

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I've started a little project, and I need your help, please.  I need to create a list of words that describe my blog.  I've got my own list of what I want it to be, both style and content-wise, but I need the help of my dear readers.  I'm not looking for an ego stroke, I promise!  Rather, if you would list one or two  words/phrases that come to mind, even if they are repeats of another comment, I would appreciate it so much.

To encourage your help, I'll randomly chose one name from the comments and make that person a potholder in the colors of her/his choice.  The name will be drawn on Friday at 9 a.m.!

Thanks so much!

NaBloPoMo 1/28 and a Contest if You Read it All

Karen talked about doing this, so of course, I jumped on the bandwagon.  I'm not trying to squirm out of anything by selecting the shortest month of the year to post every day for a month.  Really, I'm not.  

The NaBloPoMo website offers a theme for each month, and February's theme is Ties.  Provocative, right? I'm going to see if I can connect my daily posts to the theme, and I have ideas for a few special days this month.  It's those regular, run-of-the-mill days that may present the real challenge.

As my long-time readers know, I started blogging in August, 2005, right after I returned to New Mexico for my second year of graduate school.  I was quickly hooked.  I enjoy interacting with other bloggers, and I love getting comments and developing friendships through the blog.  It isn't only the new relationships that keep me tied to blogging; it means so much to me to stay in touch with friends who live far away.  Sure, there are letters, e-mails, and phone calls, but there's something really fun about knowing that if I post a picture of a recent knit, a culinary adventure, or a new color in my hair, my posse will see it.  It's almost like I'm back in Albuquerque showing up at the Flying Star (oh, I want Red Stuff.  And a Buddha Bowl.  One of those ginger cookies, too) to show Scout (look! calendars are back!  Hurrah!) and Mona (soon as she gives the word, I'll have an exciting link for her) what I'm up to, or calling Dana five times in one day to tell her what I'm doing that. Very. Minute.

So, yeah.  Blogging.  It ties me to my peeps.  How about you?  If you blog, why is it important to you?  Don't have a blog?  Tell me how you stay connected.

The contest part?  How about this: I'll post some questions every day in February.  Whoever leaves the most comments (one per day maximum) during my NaBloPoMo project will win a glamorous prize, which I'll show you as soon as I figure it out!!

One last thing before I publish this.  I'm not getting all the comments in my e-mail box, so thank you to everyone who commented on the last post…and I'm sorry I haven't responded yet.  I'll get it figured out!


Abounds

Dear Blog,

Well, hey, there.  How have you been?  You've had that silly Night of the Living Dead picture from Halloween up for a while now.  Are you a little embarrassed about that?  I thought you might be. I'm sorry I left you like that for so long, but I'll tell you what I've been doing and maybe you'll feel more understanding.

Before I do that, though, I have to ask: did Typepad merge with WordPress?  Because, you know I use both, and suddenly you look an awful lot like my WordPress blogs.  Just here, on the dashboard page.  Curious, that.

I kind of wish I were a poet; I'd write you a poem.  I know you'd find that difficult to resist.  It would go something like this, only better:

Students. Conferences.  Papers.  Crises.  

I8-year-olds abound.

Words abound: NaNoWriMo

Hitting 15,000 was a triumph. Want 40,000 by Monday.

Story sucks, but still I write.

Froth intended. Darkness.  It abounds.

Trip to Tennessee to celebrate

MB

and visit dearest Sheila

Brother, niece and nephew, too.

Woke the week before

Determined that poor-no-name-slob of a Sony Vaio and I

must finally part

ways.  He found a loving home, 

I found Rupert and love.

Knitting. It is sparse.  

Pictures.  They will come.

November. It abounds.

I hope this letter finds you well.  If you have any other readers beyond me, give them my love.  

Your,

Beverly

399 and The Co-op

This is my 399th post on this blog.  I wrote 101 posts on my previous blog, which means, technically, this is my 500th post.  Fancy that.  Take a moment to digest that information as you need.

Once you’re ready, especially if you’re one of the group who showed some interest in my Writing in Company post, take a look at my thoughts on it, and please, please share yours!  I wrote up some notes yesterday, and I’m just going to spill them out for us all to make sense of as we may.

Name:   I came up with a name that I’m pretty pleased with, although if anyone hates it and has a super fabulous suggestion, do tell:  The Word Nerd Co-op.  I want the word "co-op" in the name of the group as it is really important to me that we’re all reminded of the spirit of the whole thing: encouragement and cooperation.  The word nerd part is a tip of the hat to what I’ve called myself for years…well, that and writing whore, but I’m not such a writing whore as I once was.  Plus, I don’t like the sound of it as well!

Mission Statement:  It occurred to me when the Tobacco Valley SnB split into two groups that part of the reason for animosity on the part of some members was my fault; I never articulated the vision I had for the group, and so when it expanded beyond what I saw as feasible in terms of that vision, and when the natural opportunity to split arose, there were disgruntled folks who later accused me of drama.  If I had put a mission statement into place at the start (frankly, it never occurred to me; it was meant to be an intimate, informal gathering…why should I think I needed a mission statement?), I would not have had to expose myself to such criticism.  In any case, I learned a lesson, and any group I start from here forward will have a mission statement.  That may be developed and changed, but at least my vision will be clear to anyone choosing to join me. 

My foray into mission statement writing then, goes sumthin’ like this:  The mission of the Word Nerds Co-op is to provide an encouraging and supportive community for writers of all level and experience.  Participants will be matched with a fellow nerd for support and accountability.  Goals and rewards are strongly encouraged.  Sharing trials and triumphs is welcomed.

It’s rough still, but at least there’s some sense of what this is meant to be about.

I’m still working on questionnaires for the initial round of participants, and I’m setting up a WordPress blog where we can all post for free.  Here are a few tools for the Co-op that I’m imagining will be located on the blog:

  • Links to each others’ Treadmill journals or writing blogs.
  • Links to websites on craft, submissions, conferences, and writing programs.
  • Craft book reading lists.
  • Lit. mag lists (we should, after all, read the places we hope to be published!)
  • Writing prompts.
  • Goal pledge sheets.
  • Prizes!!

Okay, now it’s your turn to give me some feedback.  Names?  What to include on the site?  What else would be a useful tool? 

I can’t wait to hear your ideas–let ’em rip!!

We Have a Winner

Thanks to everyone who played in the contest–at 11:29 last night, Bev left the 2,000 comment on this blog. 

Bev, will you please e-mail me at b13army AT Yahoo DOT com with your snail mail addy?  I’ve got some yarn and something handmade for you and want to talk colors.  I like my contest winners to be happy.

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A while ago Neal suggested that I must see Gothic.  As a fan of the English Romantics (I almost made that my area of study instead of Shakespeare.  Imagine!), he thought it was shameful that I had never seen Ken Russell’s film about one of literature’s most important contests.  I dutifully put the movie on my Netflix queue, only to discover that it was being reissued.  All summer I waited for word that it was on its way to us, and yesterday, finally, it arrived.  I was so excited about it that I called Neal at work to tell him the good news.  I did all my chores and even cooked a lovely meal, then settled in for the movie.  Neal gave me a sheepish, "I hope you like it," you know the way you do when you’ve built up a movie or book and then have doubts about your recommendation.

It. Sucked.

I couldn’t even finish it, and I’m pretty good at finishing even bad movies.  The aesthetic of the film irritated me; the angles at which Russell shot the actors were beyond unflattering; the story was all wrong.  Don’t even get me started about the sound track, which was constantly at a frenzied, built-up state, meaning that the viewer is constantly expecting something big and is constantly denied that big something.  Not in a suspenseful way, either.

As Neal chatted with me before work this morning (one of my favorite parts of the day, btw), he was a bit sheepish and unclear about why he’d thought that movie was one of his favorites.  I blame it on the 80s.  Perhaps it seemed artsy and edgy then, but it did not hold up over the last 20 years.

What’s the worst movie you’ve seen in a while?