Learning to play Chinese Chess deserves to be written about.
Other than blog posts, I'm working on a manuscript for a possible book that has gone through several different forms. I'm at about 30,000 words of rough draft right now. The theme is basically hitherto unwritten yet true stories, working title at the moment: I Never Even Liked Traveling. If this ends up as awesome as I hope it will, I'm thinking of a possible self-publish release date next summer.
2) How does your work differ from others of its type/genre?
I'm more ornery than the average blogger, I'd say. I like to write from the unpopular point of view--i.e. in favor of CAPTCHA or anti-yoga pants. One of my signature moves is to write about something utterly ridiculous in a very serious way. I'm more likely to write tutorials on how to send fake secret admirer letters than tutorials on how to host a surprise 30th birthday party for your husband. Possibly my favorite piece I've ever written was entitled: "On the Dangers of a Bowl of Canned Prunes" (never published on the blog, perhaps I should add it to the book).
Also, my pictures are rather bad for a professional blogger. I recognize that, and I claim it as something that sets me apart from the majority of bloggers who aren't married to Angels who think that actually focusing and framing a picture is for normal people.
3) Why do you write what you write about?
Because people need to know more about the art of fake secret admirer letters. That's one prank that should never die out. My blog has to be called "random" because the motivations for my writing are very different--sometimes I want to inspire and challenge people to live differently, to do more than what average society expects of them....sometimes I want to give others a glimpse at what an unusual life looks like...and other times I just feel inspired to write about how passionately I love my beautiful red microwave.
I want to be a writer, and I know I am one--even if no one but Angel and my mom read what I wrote, I'd still be a writer, but I honestly would like to expand my portfolio of published works as time goes on. I'm not overly modest. I know I have a talent for writing funny nonfiction, and occasionally I can produce an inspirational piece that's better than the average "viral" article. But all the aspects of getting read beyond simply writing and editing are beyond me. I did have that one secret plan to marry the son of a publishing tycoon in order to further my career but that strategy failed when I fell in love with a nurse. Bigamy is illegal, as it should be, however inconvenient it may be for my career.
4) How does your writing process work?
It often starts with me pestering my husband or parents or siblings for writing ideas, and writing them all down furiously in a notebook. I then ignore the vast majority of their ideas, or twist them so that they are no longer recognizable, and write them down whenever I have a free moment. Posts that I'm absolutely in love with I always have to post right away. When I'm writing about a more serious topic, I usually like to sit on the post for a few weeks, keep going back and re-reading and editing to make sure it's saying precisely what I want it to say.
5) What is your most popular post of all time, and why?
It's that ridiculous Anti-Yoga Pants post. By a long shot. That post is years old and it still gets regularly more views than any other post on my blog. Why? I have absolutely no idea. Did I somehow hit an SEO jackpot in my wording of the post? Are a lot of people searching for posts about why I dislike yoga pants so much? I don't know. It's definitely not the best post on my blog. In general, I've always found outfit posts to do best on the blog as far as stats go, even though they don't contain my most interesting writing. Weird.
Have any of you done the writing process tag? What's your most popular post of all time, and why?