Tag: blogging


I just missed a couple of posts, and then I missed a couple more. And I realised the world didn’t come to an end so I skipped a couple weeks, and still the Earth did not fall off its axis. But it’s a dangerous road to get on to start thinking this way. It gets much too easy to convince oneself that it would be okay to quit entirely.

Thing is, I did get to thinking, and questioning why I do this (blog, that is). Of late blogging has become a bit…mechanical for me. I got into a schedule (which is not of itself a bad thing) and all of a sudden blogging consisted only of figuring out the next review, or song title challenge, or whatever, and I never just write a post anymore because I read something or saw something or thought or felt something and I wanted to write about it.

So I thought some more, and I decided to change things a bit. For the foreseeable future I’ll be taking a step back. I’ll try to still post at least once a week, but I’m not making any promises. I’m going to allow myself to only post when I feel like it, just for a while.

I’m suspending the Song Title Challenge for the rest of the year – I’ll decide in January whether it’s coming back or not. Meanwhile, comments on all old challenges are still open, so you’re welcome to participate in any one of those. As for reviews and Percussive Etymology… You’ll see ’em when you see ’em.

Anyhow, I need to focus on NaNoWriMo now. I’m still figuring out the ins and outs of the new novel, but I’ll let you know once the synopsis is up and I’ll be posting excerpts as well as the month (and word count) progresses.

I hope the uncertainty does not drive you bonkers. Thanks for understanding.

(P.S. Bonus points if you got the title reference.)

Coming up…

Tomorrow I celebrate the thirty-third year of managing to not join the great majority, so watch this space for an extra special birthday edition of the Song Title Challenge. It’s dealer’s choice, and I’m feeling excited about this one.

Tomorrow is also Felt Hat Day, so dust off your fedora or pretend you’re a time lord and don your fez. And if you don’t have a felt hat, no problem, for tomorrow is also Make A Hat Day, so make your own hat, as long as it’s from felt. I’ll be taking down three birds with one stone by making myself a pirate hat. Confused? Read on.

Wednesday will bring another edition of Percussive Etymology. This week I’m taking my hammer to the expression “rule of thumb”. That’s allowed, as long as the hammer’s handle is no thicker than one’s thumb (or is it?)

An’ on Friday it again be International Talk Like A Pirate Day. Sharpen yer cutlasses an’ load the cannons (no brass monkeys on this ship), cause there be ships ter plunder, towns ter sack, an’ wenches ter…yer know 😉 I’ll be sharin’ with you a special tale as had ne’er been told ’bout one o’ the black heartedest pirates ter ever sail the seven seas.

On my new pen-pals

Last week I told you about my New Year’s resolution to start writing letters again and made an invitation for people to become my pen-pals.  The response was smaller than I’d hoped for, but that’s probably a good thing, as writing letters can be a bit time-consuming.

I am very thankful for those who did respond, and as a thank you I thought I’d send some traffic their way.

Tiffany Metzger is a graphic designer who lives in the US.  She also writes, is a big fan of Jane Austen and the Jonas Brothers.  I guess everyone has their faults 😉  Luckily she also likes Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes.  A regular feature on her blog that you should definitely check out is Friday Fictioneers – a blogging challenge she participates in where she writes flash fiction based on a photo every Friday.

Liese le Roux is a fellow South African who lives in Jordan.  We both did an online writing course in 2012 and have been liking each others’ statuses on Facebook since.  She recently migrated to WordPress from Blogger and I’m sure she’d welcome more followers.  Look forward to humourous travelogues, stories of how she kills her plants and descriptions of meals that will have you wishing she’ll invite you for dinner.

John Howell lives in the US along the Gulf of Mexico.  He has just published his debut novel, My GRL.  He’ll in fact be stopping by here within the next couple of weeks on his promotional blog-tour for the novel.  His blog focuses mostly on writing, but there’s other fun stuff as well, especially the Top Ten No Nos he posts every Monday.

Please go drop by their blogs and say hi.

And if you change your mind about the pen-pal thing, feel free to use the contact page in the menu to e-mail me and I’ll let you know what to do.

In case you missed it…

…in yesterday’s post I announced my New Year’s resolution, namely to start writing letters again.  Along with that I made an open call for pen-pals.  Yes, you have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become pen-pals with someone who is hopefully going to be a famous author one day in the distant future.

Thanks to those who have already responded.  You can start watching your mailboxes in a couple of weeks.  I’ve decided to leave the form up for another day, so there’s still time for you to get in on this wonderful opportunity.  Just click here.

In other news, the wife has also started blogging.  The day I met her she was busy drawing.  I made a remark about wishing that I could draw and she responded with a very snotty retort that anyone can draw if they just try.  I’m not going into all of the detail, but suffice to say that I showed her 😉

Anyway, thanks to the rigours of life she had been drawing and painting less and less and her New Year’s resolution is to draw more.  In fact, her resolution is two-fold: draw more and be more thankful.

Out of this resolution was born The Gratitude Calendar.  The idea is that every day this year she is going to post a simple sketch of something for which she is thankful.  She’ll post other stuff as well, but the calendar is her main project for the year.  I think it’s a grand idea and you’d do well to go check it out.

On a side-note, you’ll notice her handle is Kokkelien.  That has been her mother’s pet name for her since she was very little.  We have no idea where the nickname came from, as it bears no relation to any name in either her immediate or extended family.

Maybe my mom-in-law was prescient as her daughter’s surname is now Kok and the wife and I can make a formidable blogging team as Kokkie and Kokkelien.  Funny how life works out sometimes, isn’t it?

Tune in tomorrow when I review the best film of 2014…