Writing & Storytelling

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.