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Hi folks. As sad as it is to admit for a writer, I'm having a hard time coming up with suitable things to blog about, though blog I know I must, to build a platform, blah, blah, blah. So I've decided to do what I do when I'm asked to speak to a bunch of students and don't know what to say; I'm opening the floor to questions. So: what's on your minds out there in the blogosphere? I promise to answer all questions that don't involve one or both of the following: 1) where are the bodies hidden and 2) what's your credit card number? Other than that, I'm pretty open. Do you wonder where I got a certain idea? Ask. Want to know how I got published? Ditto. Curious about the wonders of my hometown? So am I. But what the hell, ask, and I'll answer -- to the best of my ability. Let's have some fun, okay?
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To blog or not to blog...

Author glimpsed emerging from the shell of his former self

Hello and welcome to my first-ever blog post! Woo-hoo!

Now what?

I’ve never blogged before and have resisted it for much the same reason I’ve never been able to keep a diary – I’m not all that interesting to myself. Or really, because I’m lazy. The only daily writing routine I’ve ever been even modestly successful at has been when I’m in the midst of a novel and it’s going well. Those are the days when I can’t wait to get up and start writing. Those are the days – in fact – that I am awakened by the need to write. I’ll find myself bolt upright in bed, fumbling for my glasses, stumbling into my kitchen, turning on my word processor so I can jot down the brilliant solution to some novelistic corner I’ve backed myself into.

Those kinds of writing days are delirious, and marked by a sort of dominoes of ideas. I’ll jot one down, save, then go back to my morning routine only to stop and rush back, another juicy idea having popped into my head. If you’ve never jumped out of a shower to run still naked to your computer because something you’ve just thought MUST BE PRESERVED, well, then you’re probably a mentally stable and healthy individual, but you’ll never know the maddening joy that comes with being a writer.

Of course, most writing days aren’t like that. Most writing days are a long, tooth-pulling slog toward mediocrity. And when those writing days lack the forward momentum of a long narrative arc – when those writing days begin with another brand new project which you’ve yet to formulate – those are the kinds of writing days that make you wish you’d taken up carpentry.

So yeah. Blogging. I’m a little scared, but what the hell. It’s not like anything you put on the Internet hangs around forever. Oh, wait…

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