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Monday, July 19, 2010

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This blog's one year anniversary is coming up (I don't remember when exactly) so I've been thinking about it a lot, even though I haven't been writing on it so much.

Have you noticed a change in my tone? Those of you who've been with me from the beginning, and I'm happy to say that's most of you, may have. I certainly have.

Ever since I lost my spellcheck, which would be when I added the Amazon linking capability (and, boy, what a great idea that was, she types with sarcasm), I have completely let my writing style hang out. I don't bother to check myself anymore for the most part. I do a quick preview if I have time and then publish away and move on with my life.

Maybe that's the way it's supposed to be with a blog. I recently read a post on Facebook from a link by Grace Bridges of Splashdown Books (now that's a long string of qualifiers) that was making fun of blogs. I hadn't read any blogs prior to starting my own, and I only read the blogs currently listed on my "blogs I follow" list, so even now I don't know much about how they run or what they're supposed to provide the reader. But this particular gentleman was explaining how he didn't blog because he didn't share every stupid feeling he felt or rattle on about the foods he liked or praise or complain about TV shows. Well, I've done all those things on this blog, some of them with some extremely humorous results, if I do say so myself.

That could be a good thing, like I'm doing what bloggers do, or a bad thing, like I'm doing what bloggers do. Anyway, add it to the disheartening realization that I do seem to be typing to read myself type, and it's enough to make me throw away my passwords.

Then I think about The Least Read Blog on the Web, who's been doing this for years without apparently needing anyone to read him, and I have to cock my head and wonder what's wrong with me that I need so much attention? Or perhaps, what's wrong with him that he needs so little?

Anyhoo...for those few faithful readers who do bother to scan this little site, I want you to know this blog is not representative of my fictional writing style. In my fiction, I write in character and the character determines the writing. I apply proper grammar standards, but otherwise, I do very little as I do here. Except for the funny. I manage to be funny, for the most part. My readers tend to laugh in the right places, anyway, and that's enough for me.

I also avoid first person like the plague in my fiction, but it's kind of hard to write my viewpoint from third person. I probably could but...too much work. Yawn.

This blog is my speaking voice, not my writing voice. This blog is a future fan's glimpse into the scary workings of this creative mind, should a fan ever be fanatical enough to care.

Believe me or not. A few of my readers - mom, Elder Brother, My Dear Friend, The Lioness - can attest that these posts are not like my books. Not yet, anyway. I have a few stories up my keyboard that sound more like this, but they are probably years away from being written. Don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing. Maybe it's just a thing.

So, that's my rattle on for today. We'll see what strikes my fancy tomorrow.

And you can be assured the muse is prodding me because I have about 4 other things that really need doing right now. Time to pick one.

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