I know - I'm slow returning to normal life after my Christmas vacation this year. But, for those of you who made it through with me, welcome back! A big part of the reason I'm only just now posting has to do with my implementation of this year's goals for this blog. I'd like to share those with you, especially since it means big changes for Visions of Other Worlds.
Over the Christmas break, I had time to look over this blog. I decided that I hated it. And, if I hate it, what chance do you, my readers, have? Not a good thing. I began to brainstorm. And it didn't take much of it to realize what my problem was and how to go about fixing it.
I'm a geek at heart. I love writing short stories on Saturday mornings while DVDs of my favorite childhood cartoons blare in the background. I spend Sundays killing my virtual enemies in Guild Wars 2 as my onscreen avatar does twirly-things with her magical staff. I've read - and collected - hundreds of science fiction and fantasy books. When I'm sick, I watch the original Star Wars trilogy over and over. I buy Firefly bottle cap souvenirs. Gollum is my paperweight and Jabba the Hutt holds up my stack of writing books. I spent much of my childhood nights memorizing the locations of the constellations. When I was a teenager, I discovered and read all the X-Men comics then published in a year's time. I helped my grandmother make several medieval dresses and one very epic midnight-black cloak, all of which I still own. I think it's fun to research black hole anomalies and the science behind solar sailing. If the Tardis landed in my living room this second, I would beg and plead for a look at the Dark Ages. I follow other geeks on Twitter and read fantasy news blogs.
Basically, I live and breathe "other worlds." Writing science fiction and fantasy is only an extension of what I love spending my free time doing.
I want to share that with you. I have for a long time. But old habits die hard. I was told through my childhood and teenage years that it was inappropriate to enjoy these things so much. Especially - from a small group of people - since I am female. When I got older and began to write, I got the idea in my head that a certain level of decorum was required in order to "make it" as a writer, even for one who wrote about fantastical things. That decorum included a blog that safely stayed within the boundaries of writing about writing.
I think that is ridiculous. You are reading the blog of a science fiction and fantasy writer. When I'm not writing it, I'm involved in it. It's not that I don't want to write about writing. But I don't want that to be all I do.
So, my plans and goals for the New Year involve turning Visions of Other Worlds into what I have secretly wanted it to be all along: a haven for SF and fantasy geekdom in all its myriad forms (at least, as they pertain to what I know).
This doesn't mean I'm giving up on writing about writing. I do like to share things I've learned with others on the same path. But it will be about science fiction and fantasy and it will have to share time with geeky things now.
To this end, I'm implementing a new blog schedule, starting next week:
- Writer Wednesday
- Fantasy Friday
- Science Fiction Saturday
In addition, I plan to run more excerpts from my own writing since that has been a popular demand in the past. Eventually, I'll open up guest posting and will be running more surveys for ideas from you all. I will also be redesigning the blog, so it may look odd from time to time as I adjust things.
The implementation of all of this will depend on how heavy work is. It's light now, but it doesn't always stay that way. Not to mention that I'm hopping back into the fiction at full steam...but details on that will have to wait for another post. ;)
What do you think? Are you excited about the changes? Anything you would like me to consider in my subject rotation? What about you? Have you added new challenges to your blogging this year? Tell me about them in the comments and/or link to your blog so I can take a look!
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