Moving Epiphanies

Posted on March 24th, 2014 in Magical Monday, Stories

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So this weekend, in between entertaining my in-laws, my sister was moving.


While hauling boxes up and down the stairs in the grey drizzle, I started thinking about what to do with this blog.  Between school and finishing up a new book and editing one for submission, I need to cut down on the number of posts per week.  After the stalker scare last October, I’d moved to a new blog so I could throw up pictures of my family events and private happenings.  Writer friends warned me that publishing my rough short stories on my blog could hurt my chances of finding an agent and making it into the big five, or make new fans feel like I wasn’t serious.  In addition, the blog world is changing.  People aren’t interested in reading serial stories.  Most people go nuts over the food posts, which makes sense because most of you are food bloggers.  But food isn’t the main part of my life.  I don’t mind occasionally posting a photo and recipe, but I like to tell stories.  It’s what I do.  I just don’t want to take on the promotional duties of creating a new e-zine when I feel there’s no interest.  Although the trend is for writers to market themselves, I don’t feel like that’s the right thing to do.  Instead of telling you how great I am, I’d rather show you and hire someone else to fire off press releases.



Image from Allie Brosh

Over the past couple weeks, I’ve been giggling a lot over the posts on Allie Brosh’s blog Hyperbole and a Half.  Even though I’m about three years behind, which on the Internet is an eternity, I love the way she mixes her wry storytelling style with intentionally awkward illustrations.  So then it hit me.

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Why not do a post three times a week of illustrated stories?  I paint and I can have all sorts of fun with painting apps and Picasa.  All I want to do is tell stories anyway.  Then, much like my buddy Erica does (her blog is private so I can’t link), I could put stuff up on Hill Country Princess that I don’t want the Internet sites at large viewing, like stories I’m working on for class or publication or personal family photos.


What do you think, Invisible Friends?  Should we resurrect the Pond?



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8 Responses to “Moving Epiphanies”

  1. Marjie Says:

    I bought 2 of my daughters Allie’s book. They found it simply hilarious. I loved her test to see if your dog is retarded. Whatever you want to write, I’ll be happy to read. BTW, I find almost no comments any more; it’s really depressing, isn’t it? I think everyone’s getting Blog ADD and doing something else, maybe facebook or twitter or something. No attention span any more. Don’t feel alone, dear Duckie!

  2. Channon Says:

    I’m with Marjie… but you know that. We talked about this last week.

    I love the idea of a serial. Do what makes you happy. Be authentic. The rest will sort itself out.

  3. slamdunk Says:

    I think Channon has the right idea. Do what works for you.

    There are plenty of people following the expected path with social media and are hating it. I would rather do my own thing and have fun with it–I don’t lose any sleep over not following someone else’s 10 rules for blogging.

  4. Charlotte Says:

    I think that’s a really wonderful idea, Miranda. In the end, this is YOUR space. I find that my blog has morphed so many times over the years, but I am learning to say that the change is okay and even a GOOD thing. Were you the same person today that you were 10 years ago? I’m sure you’ve seen many changes in your life and you have to anticipate that your blog will grow as you do, too.

    Just don’t ever compromise who you are as a person. Your readers-myself included-are always along for the journey and we look forward to whatever you put out, my sweet.

    XOXO and hope you had a wonderful weekend.

  5. Julia Says:

    Do what you feel is the best! I hope to hear forward from you.

  6. Rachel (S[d]OC) Says:

    I like anything you write. It’s not just about the content. It’s about YOU so whatever you do with this blog, you know I’ll be reading it.

  7. Couture Carrie Says:

    Yes! More pond please!


  8. grace Says:

    i’ll read and enjoy whatever you post–you’re so entertaining!

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