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Weekend Recaps are…well…just that. In case your week…er, month… was a hectic one, here’s your chance to peruse what you may have missed. And it is also a chance for you to revisit the conversation(s). And what a week it has been!
This week has me housekeeping. No, not that kind. My dust-bunnies are sitting pretty–Another one of the Not Bobbers declared dust-buffaloes were roaming her range. That is the challenge of juggling a burgeoning writerly life and a steady job with benefits.
I’ve been busy being admin to the Not Bobbers blog with the aide of the incredible Steering Committee. As you can see by clicking on the names that are hot-linked, we are adding author bios to the blogrolls of primary blogs, FaceBook author’s pages, and Twitter handles. Curious about that #MNINB lingo I’ve been slinging? Here’s a great way to get up to date via our FaceBook fanpage. Our new moniker? Wordsmith Studio. We are a consortium of writers so the .org was a good fit. Look over to the right widget bar under Contact, and you will see my new email address via wordsmithstudio.org. Keeps my writerly world separate from my other doings. Look for the official launch of our self-hosted website/blog this fall. We are currently tricking it out with BuddyPress and getting around to dressing it up for company via a Custom Community theme. Ambitious, yes. Pretty certain it will be worth the steep learning curve.
And if creating one new website wasn’t enough. I was named both VP and Media Maven for our Hawaii Chapter of Sisters in Crime. The latter title I share with long time webmistress, Beverly Lynn. Bev and I have been busy transitioning the old DreamWeaver site over to a WordPress location. Gail Baugniet, local SinC President, and I have been busy giving us a presence on FaceBook, Twitter, Storify, and the rest of the usual social media places. Follow us in TweetChats with the hashtag #SinCHI.
This is when I realize just how much virtual real estate I’ve covered over the past few months. Range Roaming. I have folks wanting me to consult as a strategic social media marketing planner. For now, I’m satisfied with helping those I know. I’m also comfortable in offering my newly acquired skills to members of our local Sisters in Crime before our regularly scheduled meetings. You will find me up in the computer lab of Makiki Community Library at 5:30 every third Thursday, an hour before our regularly scheduled meetings. I’ll also be available at the Sisters In Crime booth at the Library’s open house this month. For details, keep your eyes on our blog.
My other housekeeping efforts have been focused on Writing Space. We celebrated our 4000th view and can now boast of visitors from 50 different countries. Not bad considering July was a dark month and the first post was shipped April 16th. During my blogging black out, I took the feedback from our comments, stats, tweets, and FaceBook postings and retweaked the editorial calendar and updated/added some pages. If you look up top, you should see a About Writing Space, About Lara, and Write With Me.
Pen For Hire, Clips & Quips, Testimonials, Up & Coming are undergoing transformations under the hatch. I put them up password protected to give you all an idea where this ship is headed. A little anticipation before the reveals. I will be blogging about the logistics involved in these steps, have no fear. I just want to make sure someone stumbling across this site doesn’t unknowingly wander into choppy waters. I think we’re about done with the navigation metaphors.
So sailing right along. (Couldn’t help myself) I’d like to introduce a new category for Thursdays: Hanging 10. Hanging Ten is a surfing move and an expression that became popular in the 60s. The ten refers to a surfer’s ten toes all of which are to hang off the front of the board for the duration of the wave ride. A proper shaka for all of those who can master that move. A proper shaka will be in order for characters that inhabit my life. They will share their top 5 favorite charities and causes as well as their top 5 in a category of their choice. Hmmm. Knowing the wonderfully quirky friends I have, we could be in for quite a bit of fun!
Current Work In Progress
My journals and writing folders have just come off the boat from the Mainland. The timing was right to pick up a project I had started over a decade ago. Camp NaNoWriMo will give me the push to have the first draft of this novel complete if not presentable by August 31st. Each Monday, I will chart my progress in the widget at the bottom of the blog. Stop in and cheer and jeer my progress. I’m counting on you all to give me the gumption to kill this one.
Howzit with you? Has this summer been according to plan? I was disappointed with mine until I realized what I had done. I roamed the range even more than what I shared in this eclectic post. These Weekend Recaps will more than likely be replaced by a newsletter this fall as I continue to tweak my editorial calendar. Feed back is much appreciated. A Hui Hou!