Personal, Ramblings, Terrorwood, Writing About Writing

I'm Back – Not with a Bang, But a Whimper

Or perhaps a very quiet “Hello Kids!”

This re-introductory post is as much for my own edification than anyone else’s, such as the four regular readers I accrued when I was writing and posting fairly frequently (hi y’all! Missed you! Yes I got a new theme for the site, I’m so pleased you noticed).

A few months back, I made the decision to make this site private while I finished school because after taking some web design courses, I was no longer happy with it. But I also didn’t have the time to work on this site as much as I wanted to. I’d rather make the site invisible for a hot second until I have the proper time to dedicate to it than let it languish. However, there has been a significant update in my life…

I graduated early! I (almost) officially have my Bachelor of Science in Technical Communication through Arizona State University’s online program. Yay! Confetti! Streamers! Whatnot! Next week I walk at my convocation, and a few weeks after that I will have my diploma lovingly tucked in between books on my shelf.

So, what’s been going on since I last wrote on this site? Well, in no particular order:

  • I moved to an apartment 4x the size of my old one
  • I got a new tattoo
  • I now shave the side of my head
  • My older parakeet passed away
  • I bought one new parakeet and adopted another
  • I unexpectedly took in a pet frog
  • I got a second computer monitor
  • I got a digital drawing pad
  • I got a new second job
  • I took a creative writing class
  • I participated in a 6-month website redesign project for a large organization

And probably many more things that I can’t remember at the moment. Basically, a lot has happened. And now, I theoretically have the time to start posting on this site again.

I don’t have a plan for this site or my life. It’s great, I just love existential indecision. Wonderful. Until I do have a plan, I’m going to use this site as a place to put my ideas down. Yes, I’m going to start writing short stories again, and probably post some of my work from that aforementioned writing class. I have a lot of ideas that have been percolating while I finished school, and I’m excited to begin writing for fun again. Those new stories will likely be hanging out in the Miscellany page until I decide what my next big project is.

At some point, not right now, I am going to come back to Terrorwood. If you’re not one of the four people who used to hang, Terrorwood was a loosely connected series of short stories all focused on identity, and how perceptions of our identities color our world. Most of what I wrote really makes me cringe now, and I know I can do better, but I’m not yet ready to start working on it again. Working on it means completely rewriting at least one of the stories (Imagine—I know I can do so much better!), and not only rewriting but also altogether redefining the concept of another (FeverDreamLand—I completely lost the plot of that one in favor of gross descriptions). I still like the third as-is (Animals of Our Own). Terrorwood needs work—work that I’d rather divert to new projects that I’m really excited about.

I’m looking at my word count, and it’s time for me to wrap this up. I’m excited to be back and active in my little corner of the internet. I’ll keep y’all posted on what comes next.

-Emily

End note: I just installed a new theme for the site and am learning how to use it as I go. A lot of my older stuff may not display correctly until I go through and do a proper site audit (which I learned how to do in one of my tech comm courses!), and rework what I have. Be patient, and I’ll write about the process as I go.

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