I would like to start by thanking Adrienne at greatsnaps, goodtimes and me for inviting me to take part in this tour. My participation was delayed by jury duty, life…..but I’m happy to be participating now.
Here are my answers to the Virtual Blog Tour questions:
What am I working on?
Since I began this blog, I have struggled with finding focus. That remains an issue for me. While my blog generally centers on my family’s journey with my transgender son, I try not to make that the only topic. We are so much more than that. I am working on the right balance and developing variety in my posts by trying out different things.
I am in the first week of Writing 101- Round 2! 2 days, 2 assignments completed. This time I WILL finish!
In addition to working on Writing 101, I have been brainstorming possible new features. I also have several ideas for posts relating to our experiences as my son has transitioned from female to male.
How does my blog differ from others in its genre?
I’m not sure my blog fits into a specific genre. If there was one specifically for parents of transgender children, I would say that the blogs that I see written by fellow parents are more of a day to day chronicle of their experience. While I do include some of that in my blog, I also bounce around depending on what strikes a chord in me.
Why do I create what I do?
I have a very good friend who has told me repeatedly over the past few years that I should really write a book. It’s something I really want to do but when I try to organize my thoughts, it’s overwhelming. I kept going back to starting a blog. Finally, I decided to bite the bullet and do it. My hope is that by committing to this writing process it will help me find a good writing routine that will help me when it comes time to write that book.
How does your creative process work?
My creative process varies depending on the piece I’m working on. I like to think that when I begin I have a clear vision of what it will be but I’ve found that once I start writing, it takes on its own life. More often than not the finished product is nothing like what I thought it would be.
I begin with a topic and as I write, I usually go back a few times to tweak phrases or words. If I’m hitting a brick wall, I will skip the part, filling it in with a few words to remind me that something goes there, and continue on. When I feel like the post is ready to go, I will proofread it a number of times. It never fails that either while I’m pushing the “Publish” button or the very second I pull up my blog to see the post, I notice a mistake that I need to correct immediately.
What is a quote or two that sums you up?
Here are two blogs that you must visit.
I have met a wide variety of people from all walks of life here in the blogging world. I would like to introduce you to two bloggers who grabbed my attention from the first read. They are both very different from me and each other. I hope you will check them out!!
First stop- Charissa’s Grace Notes.
As I mentioned, I have a transgender son. Somehow our paths crossed and I have had the pleasure of meeting a truly inspiring woman who writes some seriously talented and beautiful poetry! Being transgender herself, she has helped me gain a deeper understanding of my son. In addition to poetry, she shares relevant articles along with her insight.
And the second blog I would recommend you check out is Ronovanwrites. One of the things I really enjoy about his blog is the variety of content and his sense of humor. He has interesting features- Haiku Challenges, FemaleFocusFriday and informative articles about writing, social media and all that fun stuff. He helped me figure out the mystery of Twitter!
I hope you will give them both a visit and don’t forget to stop by Adrienne’s blog- Great Snaps, Good Times and Me.