Kicking off the Wordsmith Studio 1 yr. Anniversay Celebration!
Last April Fool’s day Robert Lee Brewer, author, writer,
editor at Writer's Digest, poet laureate of the blogosphere, and blogger extraordinaire, set forth a challenge for budding, and experienced writers
alike. He believes that one of the most important tools for a writer trying to find success in today's media environment is a strong platform. He wanted to help create a supportive framework that helps writers challenge themselves.
The Wordsmith community of writers that sprang up after that month would make him proud, I think.
For all sorts of reasons, tied mostly to my personal life, I’ve sadly not been a very active member of the group, yet I have somehow managed to do so much since then.
I couldn’t have done it without the encouragement and support friends and,
especially, another person who went through the challenge, my “Drill Sergeant”
Amanda Socci, The Creative Idea Gal.
I still considered my pet blogging that of a “hobbyist”, a year ago, but since then my outlook has changed.
I am more than a guy who has a decade long history of cat blogging; I am a writer, a real honest to God writer. I have more than 4500 blog posts, from 4 kinds of blogs (2 still active); Poetry, stories, humor, opinion, travelogues, reviews, journalism, and more.
With little feedback to show for all that I have written, I have no real idea how many people have read my material and what they think of most of it, but I have not let that little detail keep me from producing, and reaching out to share what I have done.
Unemployed since Sept. 2010 and, after recovering from a broken ankle, I decided last summer that a move from California to Texas, to start fresh,
personally, job-wise, and creatively, was the thing to do, and have been in Houston since September.
While I still have no job, had left eye surgery (vitrectomy), and am expecting another soon, for cancer in the other eye (brachy radiation therapy), I have not let my medical woes define who I am, or keep me from working on my goals as a writer and hopeful professional freelance writer, blogger and book author.
Last summer Amanda Socci wrote a 4 part essay on her blog, interviewing
me about my “creative voice” as a cat writer, ending with an encouragement to
me to believe that I have tons of material in my archives worthy of publication
in e-books or regular books one can hold in your hand and smell the pages.
I am learning to polish my grammar, learning to better use MS Word to create blog posts BEFORE I am ready to post them, learning to look at my personal and creative selves in new ways, and to get more involved in social media in ways that will help further my goals as a writer.
I am learning to believe in myself, trust in myself, and trust that I can do so much more than I have up to now. It isn’t easy. I sometimes forget to use MS Word first, not 2nd, I sometimes let doubts creep in for a moment before kicking them out again on their sorry asses.
I am trying to properly save all my 10 years of blog posts into files on my computer so they don’t get lost.
In November I proudly completed Amanda's November Daily Gratitude Post Challenge.
In recent months I have created my own Facebook Writer’s page, gotten on Google Plus, and started to become more active on Pinterest, and Twitter, in ways more attuned to my writing interests. I have boldly
submitted a proposal to speak at the annual Blog Paws Social Media Conference for pet bloggers and had it turned down (Yay! My first rejection!), I have
submitted a poem for publication with an online periodical and had it turned down (Yay! My first submission rejection!), I have proudly been a guest writer on 2 blogs (Yay! Positive steps in my career as a writer.).
I have become co-moderator of a Facebook group designed to help pet bloggers become better at using social media and have somehow managed to publish 29 days of a new, related, blog I call a “365 Day Project.” I am still learning what it means to actually BE a moderator when my natural instinct is to just dive in and answer posted questions!
I have attended several online podcasts and phone conferences/discussions, related to my writing interests, even several twit chats, andbegun to learn about chapbooks.
I have been fully sponsored to attend my very first Blog Paws Conference, this May, in Tyson's Corner, VA., by someone who believes that, for my benefit as a writer and critter blogger, “you need to be there”.
Last week I changed the name of my cat blog and made the first of several design changes to the blog. While I like the new header, I am still looking for feedback on the new look.
While I am trying to do what's best for my creativity, platform and writing future and while I feel I got my money's worth, I can't afford to do everything that needs to be done, all at once. This is a step in the right direction and I have to begin somewhere.
Amidst all of this I am still writing poems, 100 word
stories, essays, opinion pieces, travelogues, journalism, and more, as I have always done, and am still looking for work, even planning to approach several local newspapers and magazines, for work as a stringer or freelancer.
I am learning what it means to be both.
I am a work in progress, a challenge to myself, and to those who are encouraging me along my journey, yet I am learning and progressing and am proud of what I have accomplished so far.
Websites and articles referenced for this essay:
Musings of a Mad Macedonian= http://www.madmacedonian.com
The Opinionated Pussycat = http://www.opinionatedpussycat.com
TOPcat's new look = Part 1 of 2
SMFCB: A 365 Day Project: A pet blogger explores the mysteries of social media one day at a time
My Facebook Writer's Page:
Twitter = @KGkundurazieff
My creative voice - The Creative Idea Gal blog:
Robert Lee Brewer's challenge:
Daily Gratitude Writing Challenge Essays Archive:
Sopphey Says = Alexander the Movie
Going Veggie = Remembering Mama's Kitchen
This post is a participant in Inspire Me Monday #65