Posts Tagged ‘The Bloggess’

My latest obsession is with writing.  You’d never know it from my blog, but there’s another blog that’s hiding, filled with all sorts of musings and ramblings and even the beginning of an actual story that could eventually become novel-length.  I’ve also been reading a book on writing.  I’m not going to name the title or who wrote it because I don’t have very many nice things to say about it; however, every once in a while I get an insight from something mentioned in the book, so it can’t be completely discredited.

I shared with Charlotte some of my responses to the writing exercises in the book.  She laughed at them.  Don’t feel bad for me, they were supposed to be funny – actually a mockery of the exercises and the book as a whole.  She told me that if I wrote that way all the time I’d be the next Bloggess.  I’m sure she was being overly generous with her compliment, but even so it was high praise.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, by Jenny Lawson (The Bloggess) has been my bedtime reading lately.  I just finished her book and I wish it hadn’t ended so soon.  I wonder if she’ll be publishing a second part of her memoirs.  I can see where Charlotte might see similarities between my writing and Jenny’s as we both tend to write really long sentences and often go off on tangents when telling a story, but I’m not nearly as funny or colorful or imaginative as Jenny.

I loved the book and will continue to be a loyal follower of her blog.  If you want to read something totally bizarre and funny, you should get her book.  It was much more to my taste than the book on writing I’ve been reading ~ less sap and sugar and more eccentric and ridiculous. 

I’ll continue with my writing adventures to see where they’ll lead.  I’ll probably never be as famous as The Bloggess, but I may have been inspired to write a little more boldly because of her.

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More and more I am embracing the sentiment “you can’t have it all.”  Because it’s true, you can’t.  You can’t have it all and you can’t be it all.  And when I say you I mean me.

I’ve been spoiled with time and freedom in my life.  I don’t have a multitude of obligations, I don’t have kids, I have a day job that requires no more than forty hours a week, and I have a husband who is fine with my doing pretty much whatever I want, provided I afford him that same luxury.  When I started Auntie B’s Wax I was free to spend as much or as little time with it as I wanted.

Then came my fascination with blogs.  I was reading The Pioneer Woman before she was famous.  I’m so thrilled with Jenny and her newly published book I want to take her out for a celebratory drink even though I’ve never met the woman.  Donna and her funky junk makes me want to live a completely different lifestyle, as does Corey in France.  The more I grew my business and the more I read blogs the more I realized I must be doing something wrong.

How do they do it?  Those bloggy women are running their businesses, they’re raising families, they present a blog post every day and they all appear to be clean and well-groomed individuals.  (It’s no accident I don’t post my picture on this blog.)

Here’s the thing.  If I hit the homekeeping chores in a way that satisfies me the business suffers.  If I concentrate on the business (which includes keeping my Etsy shop up to date, getting inventory ready for live shows, keeping consignment stores stocked, doing the paperwork, and actually making things to sell), as well as putting out a blog post every day, my house turns into a nasty abode unfit for any creature, human or not.

I don’t have a point with all of this, really.  I’ve just stopped by to say, hello, but I must be going now.  Off to dust off the credenza.  Off to unmold the candles.  Off to make a meal of comfort food.  Off to bead some drink charms.  Even though I know it will never happen, I want to be one of those women who can do it all.  Or at least appear so from your computer screen.

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