Monday, February 19, 2018

The SAGA continues... what happened to them?

Back in 2012, I was part of Blogging from A to Z Challenge, and also a Co-Host. I helped Arlee Bird, of Tossing It Out, (the creator of this Challenge back in 2010) and his amazing team.

I submitted a daily piece of writing. It was generally around 200 words.
I focused on using words that incorporated the letter of the day.

On the 26th day of writing my story came to an end... well, for that year anyway.

The following day I offered the entire 26 segments as one complete story.

This year I will be doing the same thing... the SAGA continues.

Are you ready?

I am.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Life is a SMORGASBORD. How much is on your PLATE?

As I return to my roots - here, at Pearson Report - I have discovered how easy it is to take on WAY TOO MUCH stuff.

While cleaning up my blog, placing many posts in Draft Mode, I realized how FLIGHTY I have been.

I looked up FLIGHTY and found these synonyms:

inconsistent - mercurial - whimsical - capricious - skittish - volatile - impulsive

INTERESTING...  (A true Piscean... sorry my fellow fishys, the truth hurts, I know.)

I picked "flighty" because it describes my tendency to be all over the map. Which, I confess, I am.

It's the nature of my beast.
See... I can own my baggage... I don't like my baggage, but, I will own it.

Okay, this baggage I love! (Miss CP and I on route to Disneyland!)

Here are words I think describe me, when it comes to how I tackle life, and the things I think of as my passions.

ambitious - zealous - distracted - eager - motivated - determined - enthusiastic

Yet, things don't get done, completed or otherwise finished.


No, I think it's having too many plates on the go at the Smorgasbord.

Is there a quick fix - NO, there is not - and don't let anyone tell you there is. They are lying!

So then... what is the REAL QUESTION I need to ask myself?

Why, dear ME, do I need to taste everything at life's SMORGASBORD?

Time to scrape off my many plates and start over again with an eye to filling one (small) plate,  satisfying my immediate cravings. Ah, what joy, what happiness will then be mine. I smile at the thought.

Why does seeing a smile make us want to smile too?
(Original artwork by me!)

I see, from perusing my past posts, I have, on several occasions, left this blogging platform - YET, return time and time again.


Well, the easy answer might be, because I like it. 

But it's more than that - it's about community - about common ground - real people sharing real stuff.

That's the real answer.

Yes - Twitter IS fun. I mostly use it to keep up with the LCHF (low carb high fat) community and give my local transit company the gears (they are really bad at transportation).

Yes - Instagram IS fun. I like the ease of using it. I like seeing what friends and family are up to, in very quick bites. No lengthy ramblings (like here, eeek). But... it still lacks that something I'm looking for. 

Maybe... the reason I keep coming back here is because it allows a certain freedom - I love writing (typing too), I love reading, I love sharing my journey - and this platform fits those best.

Long and short... in a nutshell, I need to
- being everything to everyone
- having so many project on the go at once
- putting off the thing that needs to be done now (okay, I hear the paperwork for tax time calling)
- letting my mind wander to greener pastures (read, yet more ideas/projects)

And finally I need to STOP saying YES to things I don't want to do.  (this is a biggie)

Don't get me wrong, I'm not a pushover - I just like being helpful... to everyone but ME.
Yikes... there, I said it out loud.

Now, I'm outta here - time to go for a long walk and clear my mind of the clutter that's stopping me from reaching my potential.

(Yup, I drew this!)

You got baggage?

What do you do with yours?

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Back in the A-Z saddle? Maybe.

Hello out there!

It's me... Chainy (aka Jenny to those who don't have an Austrian accent)

I'm busy, hence my disappearance from the blogosphere.


Damn, the force is strong in this one. I sure miss the bump and grind of throwing out a thought or two and chatting it up with fellow bloggers.

I took a walk down memory lane...

I remember, back in 2010, when I first started blogging - loved it. What an adventure.

A highlight, back then, was the A-Z Blogging Challenge, the first of which I participated in back in 2011. My A-Z posts (for those tired of watching fake news) can be seen HERE.

So, I got to thinking...
Stand back, one never knows when my brain's gonna explode.
Is it time to get back in the A-Z saddle?

Well, I guess we'll see when the day comes. Y'all know I'm a tad unpredictable, well, these last 8 months anyway, so I can't put a firm yes on it, yet!

Now to the present...
Nope, not this one.
I mean TODAY.

I'm keeping busy writing (and lots of reading too). My imagination only gets wilder as the years pass and I'm harnessing as much of it as possible. No, the book isn't finished. Well, it is, but it's still sitting waiting for me to act on it.

I see many of you (with no issues of procrastination) have your books on shelves; in homes of people not related and forced into buying, let alone reading, your prose. To which I give you my sincerest kudos. It's not an easy feat getting it out there for public consumption.

I have discovered I'm a storyteller - to which I have been seen (and heard) around town, publicly reading from my Flash Fiction collection. I love it.

To this end, I have an idea...
Hmmm, is that smoke I smell!

One which I hope will pan out for the upcoming Blogging from A-Z Challenge (April 2018).

But before I open Pandora's Box, I'm going to mull over this great undertaking.