All too often I can become a member of the club that babbles, meanders and wanders to get to the destination. Some side effects of this habit include extreme forms procrastination, avoidance and distraction.
However, this is all thrown in the trash when it comes to doing something fun, exciting, new; anything, ultimately, that I’m passionate about. I attack it with a fervor, and even the distasteful tasks associated become less arduous if I keep in mind my ulterior motive - pursuing that passion.
My friend and esteemed colleague, AT, are writing a screenplay together. It’s our first, and was never at the forefront in terms of a writing niche I’d choose for myself. However, it’s a terrific excuse for us to spend time together, and for me to hone my chops. Jumping into a new arena really infuses you with a confidence. You learn that you can do things you never imagined you’d be able to, and it infuses you with energy.
I’ve been working tons at my new most definitely non-writing job, and have felt a little lackluster in keeping up with posting. However, I’ve realized that keeping up with my blog and writing should be an added incentive because, well, my new job is terribly menial. Becoming a writer is what I get to do, what I’m passionate about, but the other job is what I have to do in the meantime.
I did manage to finish What Color is Your Brain, by and I’m so glad I read it. It’s geared more towards businesses and companies, particularly large ones, and how they can utilize tests to turn bad customer experiences into amazing ones. The book describes several examples of how rapid a pace the education moves at, and how companies can see what others’ are saying about them. In this way, they can respond to negative experiences in real time, immediately and effectively. Then, I come on and check my reader today, only to find a perfect example of this actually happening. All this technology and information floating around chaotically in the online education can be semi-harnessed for a purpose, and that’s definitely cool.
Despite not posting everyday, as I had ambitiously envisioned myself doing upon beginning this blog, I have been working on my writing every single day since throwing myself on a roll. Most of this is comprised of learning - reading, reading, reading. However, I did throw myself on a couple of limbs. This is what I was up to;
AT and I also met three times, for several hours each, to work on our brand new script. AT is a hyphenated individual, and by that I mean test taker-writer-website-maker. I find collaborating a terrific way to get started. It’s great to encourage each other on. Our script is moving along swimmingly so far, and having AT’s expertise in the area, and humor has been tons of fun.
I profess to being an absolute feedback junkie. Positive feedback tells me that what I’m already doing, I should keep doing. Negative tells me I need to take a step back, and evaluate whether alterations need to be made. The more constructive it is, the better. So, if this is what I believe, if this is what I know will help me improve, then why is negative feedback so hard to take?
All of this came to rise earlier this week, when a friend of mine read this blog. He was the second person I told to check it out, off-handedly. Little did I expect him to check right away, then proceed with a list of all the reasons why nobody cares. It could have been an enormous bulleted list. It was a full frontal assault, and no sugar coating it at all. If you’d seen me in a bathing suit, then you’d realize I like my sugar about 5 pounds too much. It took me a moment to step back and take the advice, and decide what I would use and what I would discard.
So, right off the bat, before I get into the real messy thick bit of it, I am developing a way to cope with a whole whack of feedback.
Don’t trust anyone. Even your friends, family, and pets are subject to this new clause.
Basically, this week I realized that I am not going to be seeing an ROI on a job I’ve been doing over the last month. I did not ask the person for a contract, because we had a verbal one, and I know him. I considered him a friend; you know, one of those friends who isn’t your blood brother or whatev, but a vague sort of friend. I charged him an unbelievably low rate, because I’m that nice.
And now I’m assuming he’s on crack, because there is no other excuse for his dramatic, MIA behavior.
I recently started a new job working as the editor for e-learning website it’s something I’m very interested/excited to learn about. The opportunity was too good to pass up.
Anyways, I’ve had a little bit of “blah” in my blogging lately. This translates to … not blogging! I started over-thinking, what is my focus? Do I need to switch to a new one - start a new blog? - or re-direct a focus in a way that re-inspires me?
I mulled over a fashion/beauty blog, so I could post pictures of clothes and squeal away. However, I prefer leaving my hair unbrushed, au naturel, and throwing haphazard clothing on, with little regard for current trends or respect for color co-ordination, at least half of the time. The other half of the time is when I’m feeling blue, and throw on this silver and black medieval style gown that I have, with a corset top and full skirt.