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My first, shiny post

I’ve had a website for years, but this is the first time I’ve taken up blogging.  I’ve got lots of writing news brewing, lots of things to share, and I wanted to keep readers updated on new releases, so it seemed like a good idea to bite the bullet and blog.  I just worry it’s going to be another way to “not write.”  Sure, blogging will, technically, be writing.  But I’ve discovered so many ways to not write my works in progress, that I’m becoming better at avoiding it than doing it.  (Writing, that is.)   I love writing, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes the story stalls, the words just aren’t coming and you need to find an out–fast.

Here are some of the many ways I don’t write:

By cruising ebay for good deals on Swarovski crystal pieces for my hubby.  (he likes the stuff, what can I say.)  And there are usually thousands of pieces listed on ebay, so that sucks up a lot of time.  And once in a while, I snag a bargain.

Trolling stock photo sites for possible cover pictures for books I might write some day.  This is a huge writing-avoidance activity, because it’s writing related, and one could call it work.  Let’s just say I already have the book covers created for my next 18 short stories.

Pinterest.  Oh, how I wish I hadn’t found this website.  In case you’re not already addicted, this is a site that let’s you create virtual bulletin boards so you can pin pictures, recipes etc. to boards in different categories.  Here are a few of my boards:  Yum!, She’s Crafty, and Garden Love.  I find myself pinning several times a day.

Surfing writer’s forums.  Oh yeah.  Major time suck.

Reading other people’s books.  This is a toughie, because one really must keep abreast of trends in the marketplace.  Plus, it’s always helpful to see what someone else is doing right–or wrong.

When I’m really desperate, you might even catch me cleaning.  Yikes.  That’s when you know it’s bad.

Or, I think of something I  need at Target and come back with twenty things I didn’t need from Target.

And now this.  Blogging.  Is this where I’m going to turn next time I’m stuck in a scene?  I think this may be why I’ve been reluctant to blog.  I’m afraid I’m going to like it too much.

But welcome one and all.  I suppose you’ll be able to tell how my writing’s going by how many blog posts you see.  🙂  I do have plans for some fun features and contests.  But right now, I’ve got some stock photos to pin on my pinterest boards.



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  1. Elaine Scanlan
    Posted on February 23, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    It’s easy to tell you what I do to avoid work – I read your books!! I wish they were longer and took up more time to read because I just love the lift they give to my spirits every time I get one. Actually, since I got my Kindle I have it with me 24-7. I am a Pet Care manager at Petsmart (in charge of all living things) and I love my job. But it gets stressful dealing with retail customers etc. Reading is my way to relieve the stress and go someplace else for a while. I jump into someone else’s life for an hour at lunchtime and then I’m good to go back to work. Every book I read amazes me. I don’t know how authors keep up with the characters and the stories, some are so complicated. But everyone has a talent, I’d rather spend time with animals than most people I know. So if my house is a little dusty and my husband is doing the laundry it’s because I can’t get enough of those wonderful stories and the amazing authors who write them. Thanks Lisa.

    • lisascott
      Posted on February 24, 2012 at 12:51 am

      Wow, in charge of all living things. No pressure there! I’m so glad the stories give you a lift during the work day. That’s exactly why I write the light, happy, funny stuff. Isn’t it great having an ereader you can easily carry around with so many stories to choose from? Hang in there. Wedding Flirts! is coming in April.

  2. Kelly Hashway Says :
    Posted on February 24, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Welcome to the world of blogging!

    There are so many things that can suck away your time. I try to set time aside each day (the same time of the day) to just write. No twitter, blogging, or anything else. I don’t even answer the phone if it rings.

    • lisascott
      Posted on February 24, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      Good idea, Kelly. I should try to stick to that. I know some people write on computers that aren’t hooked up to the internet! What usually happens is, I’m stuck on a sentence, or searching for the right word, so I pop over to a website to give my brain a minute–and then half an hour has passed.

  3. Mirka Breen Says :
    Posted on February 24, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    I too came to this sort of writing under protest. My fiction writing is the only ‘real writing’ in my book, (pun definitely not intended) and I was worried about how blogging might sap the vitality out of it. I still hold-out on tweeting, because being hooked-up at all times seems like writerly suicide.
    What blogging will or won’t be for you- only you will find out. To my surprise I found that visiting other writers’ blogs has been a pleasure. I also will never be a blog-a-day blogger. How often you post will be yours to figure out.
    Because if find that you don’t enjoy it and that it doesn’t serve the writing you most care about, it will not last.
    Make it work for you. Welcome!

    • lisascott
      Posted on February 24, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      Hi Mirka! Glad I’m not the only one who feels this way. I don’t think I’ll be an everyday blogger either, but it’s a nice way to connect with readers and other authors. We’ll see how it goes! Thanks for the welcome to the blogging world.

  4. inluvwithwords Says :
    Posted on February 24, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Hi Lisa,

    Welcome to the blogosphere. I resisted for a long time as well. But I’m loving the whole experience now. (Although it is a huge time suck.) With all I’ve heard, I still haven’t visited pinterest. Sounds dangerously alluring. We’ll see how long my willpower lasts.

  5. Kim Gore Wehner Says :
    Posted on February 27, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Well I, for one, am looking forward to what you have to say on your blog. So stop cleaning. (The rest is okay to do.)

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