I want to jump right in with something a bit abstract that I like.
I love making lists. I like to-do lists, packing lists, countdowns, budgets (kind of), etc.
The most recent list I’ve been working on is a list of post ideas. It’s one of the most fun lists I’ve made because it’s just a list of things that I like. Everything on this master list is a thing that makes me happy. It’s got 38 items on it right now, and I think that’s pretty good because each one has the potential to become a blog post.
By Natalie B @ Pexels.com – Female hand holding a pen and writing a plan in a planner
I like lists so much because they are a way to organize thoughts. I like how flexible lists are. Lists are like the next step after freewriting in a project for me. After I’ve taken the time to get some of my thoughts out about an idea, lists are a way to start organizing those thoughts so that I can do something with it.
How I use lists
- bill tracking.
- using the Bullet Journal system to keep all my to-do lists in one place and keep me organized and motivated in my day-to-day life.
- to help me get back on track when I get overwhelmed.
- grocery shopping and remembering all the things that I went to the store for.
In the time it has taken me to write this post I’ve also started a new list and added to my big post ideas list. I like how just writing something down can take a little bit of the weight off of me trying to remember it.
Do you love making lists? Do you love having a list to use to get things done?
It’s been a while since I last posted here. That’s something I think almost everytime I end up here, even if I don’t type it.
I come to you this time, not with a quick update, but with a purpose. A purpose for this blog going forward.
There are a lot of things in the world right now that annoy and anger me. In my daily life, I tend to dwell on those things, even while I cling to things that make me feel better. As I move forward in my life I want to use this space to share the things that I really enjoy. I want to talk about and celebrate the things that I like.
I’ve already started a list. It’s a pretty broad in subject matter. There are movies, tv shows, books, artists, people, and concepts. I just want to take the time in my day to talk about the things I like. Instead of focusing solely on the things that annoy or upset me.
I hope that some of these things are things that will make other people happy, or that I can introduce something I like to someone else, and they might like it as well.
I am an excited geek, and I can’t wait to share my excitement with you.
I’ve imported the posts from a side blog I started called “Meghan Explains It All.” It was a fun thing, but I’ve got Excited Geek and don’t really need two blogs to barely ever post to. The “Meghan Explains It All” posts have “MEIA:” in front of the post title and all have the “meghan explains it all” tag.
Some of the context doesn’t make much sense, but it was important for me to keep those posts.
I found a post on Tumblr that changed the way I think about writing.
Here’s the link: Drafting: The Theory of Shitty First Drafts.
I had always thought that writing a shitty first draft still meant writing prose that could be shared with other people. I really enjoy this blog post because it made me realize that a shitty first draft is more like an outline on crack. All the planning that I try to keep separate because the first draft is “real” writing can be in that document. I love the idea that the shitty first draft is an expanded planning document. Got three ideas of where to start the story? Write them all, deal with it later. Ideas that don’t fit are okay. Side stories with minor characters are okay.
I always wondered how writers managed to cut so much between the first draft and publication (or even sharing with people), but it makes more sense if everyone else is writing first drafts like this. I’m used to the first draft being the one I turned in to the teacher in school, so a first draft that’s just barely controlled chaos and ideas sounds amazing and freeing.
I know I want to post tonight, but I’ve spent all of writing group trying to figure what to write about.
After much deliberation, I have decided on a topic near and dear to my heart: cats!
I really enjoy cats. My family has two cats. They have grown up together for the most part, but they are not the same breed so they are not actually related. I love how much personality cats have crammed into small, usually furry bodies.
Here’s a Chrome Extension I found: Tabby Cat Chrome Extension. It generates a cute animated cat (and name) every time you open up a new Chrome tab. If you mouseover the cat they vibrate or put their head down like you are giving them petting.
Writing Begins with Forgiveness
This links to an article about how writing begins with forgiving yourself for how long it’s been since you wrote last. It’s about how a writer is a writer because they write and not because they write every day.
I really enjoy this because I’m really good at not writing for long stretches of time.
So if you feel like it’s been too long since you wrote last and you can’t get back to your writing, then start by ignoring that and just write instead.
This blog is all Heather’s fault.
Let me explain.
We were at writing group and she mentioned everyone having a blog.
- I never set up a blog for writing group. Does that mean I can’t be part of the fun?
- I love making blogs.
- That sounds like not writing — excellent.
So get this, I made another blog. And I’m great at making blogs. Starting blogs is so easy nowadays (*crotchety old man voice* back in my day we had to download WordPress, and then upload it using an FTP, and create all the databases ourselves). All I had to do was make a sub-domain and use the one click installation from my web hosting company.
Heather even thought up the name for me. I lie sometimes. Cindy thought up the name for me.
So that’s how this is all Heather’s fault, even though Cindy gave me the name.
Maybe I’ll even do some fiction writing stuff on here.
I realized something yesterday as I was doing my pay day finances: being an adult is weird.
I have finished book number one on my way towards getting a new Kindle. I chose “Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith, by Gabrielle Douglas and Michelle Burford.” I really enjoyed it because I’m a fan of gymnastics (so the subject matter was already interesting to me).
Cleaning is not one of my favorite things to do. I enjoy it enough at work, but once I get home I like to think that I save up all my cleaning for at work. What I’m trying to say is that at home I’m a disorganized mess and everything is dirty.