So, today was a very good day, despite having to return to work again after five wonderfully glorious days off. It was a very productive day, too, which means I got to squeeze in quite a lot of stuff before slaving away at a mostly dull-as-tombs evening shift for eight hours. One of those things was my walk, which is something I’ve been trying to do every day, and, as I was walking, I was thinking. I do a lot of thinking on these walks, coming up with ideas for stories or making plans for stories or pretty much anything to do with stories, and, this particular morning, I was thinking about Searching for Malumba.
What is Searching for Malumba, you may ask? It’s a book soon to be released by my writer buddy Luther M. Siler (which you can even pre-order here!), which I’m pre-reading for him before it’s released to offer my feedback and review and what have you. It’s essentially a collection of his blog posts over the years involving his various experiences as a teacher. It’s quite good so far, so I’d recommend everyone give it a try, especially if you’re looking for something that you can dip into at quick intervals here and there. Lots of good humor and the occasional sock to the feels, but what occurred to me as I was thinking about it was that this guy has just basically spent the last eight or so years babbling about what happened to him that day, and it’s really pretty good. I don’t have nearly as interesting a life as Mr. Siler seems to be blessed with, but maybe that’s because I just don’t make it interesting. What if I went ahead and tried to just make this blog about my day?
You see, I’ve been struggling to figure out what to do with this blog for a while now. I’m not participating in anything like RoW80 anymore, and I haven’t been able to find the motivation to write up reviews or recipes lately, either. But one thing these five days of freedom has taught me is that I really like focusing on my writing more, and one of the best ways I can do that is by setting up a routine, certain goals for me to accomplish every day. I’ve already got my daily walks, submitting stories, keeping up with email, reading a book, and getting at least a page written before bed, but what if I added a blog post to the Things I Do Before Bed? And the blog post is mostly about anything interesting that happened during my day? What if nothing interesting happens that day? Well, then, I guess I just say nothing interesting happened that day and move on.
It’ll be interesting to see if I can keep up with it, and if I can even make it interesting reading, but you never know until you try, and, you’ve got to admit, it’s a lot better than what’s been going on in this blog lately, anyway, which is basically nothing. So, every night, I’ll boot up the laptop and pump out some words to my adoring fan, and we’ll see where it takes us. For now, though, after an eight hour shift and a five mile walk today, the only place this is taking me is straight to bed.