Achaessa Writes


I belong to an online poets group sponsored by the Whidbey Island Writers Association.  We have a new member whose writing I really enjoy.  He has a blog on LiveJournal.  He said that to be able to read the stuff he considers worth publishing I would have to sign up for my own LifeJournal account.  So I did. 

I haven’t been able to figure out how to get to those special pages, but I did decide that since I’d created my own LiveJournal account I might as well treat it like a journal.  So I started writing.  Stuff I wouldn’t publish here.  It will be my real “journal style” writing.  If you want to hear about my new cake recipes or burned pecan pie, please, freel free to check it out – http://achaessa.livejournal.com/.  Mood – uncertain.

I’ve been doing some rearranging on this site to make it easier for me (and readers) to keep track of my blogs on Age Gap relationships (see left side bar – Age Gap Relationships category) and will soon be doing the same for my other BlogHer blogs. 

But wait, you say, there are very cool list agents that could do the same thing by just cutting and pasting a little bit of code from their site – for instance, like the Bloglines site.  True, but WordPress somehow considers that code “advertising” and won’t let me paste it onto my site.  My only recourse – do a manually generated list, or change my blog host.

My CTO was talking to me about my blog one day, he likes my writing style and thinks I should capitalize on it, but regarding the page in general he said, “no ads – a lot of wasted space.”

So what do you think?  Would a few innocuous block ads be too annoying?  It seems like every blog I read lately has little ad squares everywhere and they don’t seem to be inhibiting my reading.  (Except for those gross banner ads that move – Yick!)

And, if you think moving my site to a blog host that allows advertising is an okay idea, do you have any preferences?  And why?  I’m asking for feedback here . . . please and thanks.

Those of you who are my writing colleagues will recall my excitement about being asked for a book outline by an agent while at this year’s Whidbey Island Writers Conference. Well, there’s good news and bad news, but first there’s the backstory . . .

So I left the conference and went straight to Leavenworth for a few days’ R&R with my mentor, but there was no R&R to be found because I knew I only had those three days to put together something to show this agent. I slammed at my laptop for a gazillion hours straight. It was still an unpolished hunk of coal, but I didn’t want her to think I was a flake. Really, I thought, better to think my writing needs work than to think I’m a flake. Then I hit Send.

That was the last free moment I have had. I’ve been underwater and overworked every week since then and no time to write (well, not my own writing – I write practically all day every day).

The Bad News: Two months later and I get the expected reply from her assistant. Thanks. Polish. Build your platform. Good luck submitting with another agency.

So today I go to log onto my work computer and, guess what, Windows can’t open. You must reload Windows root\System 32\hal.dll. Whatever. I call our IT saviours – Centerbeam – and they have to wait until my CTO gives the okay to release the administrator password to me to do the reload. Whatever. That was five hours ago. But it gave me time to do my own stuff. Cool.

So here’s the link on BlogHer to the first step in my construction project for the Age Gap relationship book. My profile even has my photo (and, omg, I look so much like my sister Bert! – and thanks to Meehal for the photo) even though my hair is now all one color – a sort of dark brown reddish kind of color. Check it out. Let me know what you think. Add a comment so BlogHer will notice me.

Oh, the Good News? I haven’t given up. It’s a writer-thing, y’know.

After almost two years at this, I’ve finally been convinced to step into the Real World of Blogging and have signed up with BlogHer. You can see my debut post here. In retrospect it’s got no great opening hook line, and starts with a recap of why I’m in Mexico, but has a strong finish with my ongoing bad hair adventures. But it’s a start. So if you’d like to know why I now have red hair, click on over to BlogHer.

For those of you who know me as a writer, I’ve received some interest on doing a book on age-gap relationships. So I thought I’d use the BlogHer forum for those posts and this blog for updates on life in Mexico. We’ll see how it works out. At a minimum, I’ll be posting much more frequently here.

For those of you who clicked over from BlogHer, surf around. Here are some of the topics I’ve covered so far on this site:
Building Your Own Home in Mexico
Feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe
September Flash Flooding
Vacation in Chiapas – Palenque and Bonampak
Road Hazards
Visiting the Virgin of Juquila
Healthcare Hurdles
Mexican Household Economics
Visiting El Cristo Milagroso
Stolen Elections and Neighborhood Life
The Effect of Moose Horns Crossing the Border
Seattle to Mexico by RV