IMO: SEVEN

My Fellow Blogging Friends:

WP told me today I’ve been blogging for seven years. It feels appropriate to be nostalgic.

On November 25, 2012, I began my blog because I self-published my first novel and was told by everyone at Goddard College that I should start a blog to showcase The Knife with the Ivory Handle. So I tried, but I didn’t enjoy the self-promotion or posts about how to write. I found myself posting about what interests me other than writing novels like history, art, books, traveling, and photography.

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The most satisfying part of blogging has been the many long conversations about movies with other bloggers. The Lucky 13 Film Club entries have been rewarding because others have taught me what makes a good movie. Discussing roles, actors and directorial choices is fun. The Winter Project studying a classic actor whose films I’m not too familiar with is a homework assignment I enjoy. BTW, this year’s choice is coming! Stay tuned.

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I never got into writing full reviews because I don’t think of myself as a film critic, but more of a lover of films. Sharing what has entertained me suits me more. Essential to my personality is finding the story in any art form. To all the many bloggers who have talked to me about the art of filmmaking, photography, writing, books, and music, I appreciate you more than you realize. Essential to my being is traveling. Thank you for allowing me to share my point-and-shoot photography and liking them.

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Look at those lemons.

It took six years, but Inside the Gold-Plated Pistol is published. I enjoyed sharing the research and experiencing your friendship and support. Writing a novel is a lonely process. 2014-2017 I’d say I spent more time on the blog than I did working on the historical fiction project. I teeter-totter between the two creative outlets wanting the emotional connection of blogging vs. the isolated hours of putting pen to paper to create a story that is coherent while creating complicated characters.

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Did you know I went to college for seventeen years? I don’t feel very smart. In fact, my head feels pretty cloudy. Since my days obtaining degrees are over, I thought I’d be enjoying my fifties by blogging because my life was calmer. Instead, life is set at a madding pace.Β I believe the creative process is what makes a life worth living. This blog provides me the opportunity to post and visit your blogs. I am grateful. I have a great idea! Can’t we agree to have a “blogging convention” somewhere interesting to see each other face to face and celebrate life?

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A Meditteranean dinner on the shore below Seville.

We could share an Italian dinner.

I’d serve you homemade Coconut Cream Pie for dessert.

Love & Friendship,

Cindy

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  1. I finished enjoying the Gold-Plated Pistol yesterday. I have questions/comments, but they will have to wait until I return from vacation.

  2. Happy Anniversary! I think I started my blog back in Jan. of 2012 and for some of the same reasons. I love meeting fellow bloggers in person and have lost track on how many I’ve met over the years. I’m all in for a blogging convention. I vote for Sedona or an AZ winery like Page Springs Cellars in Cornville or Old Town Scottsdale 😎. The more the merrier.

    1. Ingrid, that is a great idea.Easy for us living in the Southwest. I fear all my UK friends wouldn’t come. But maybe they would since Sedona has 3x the better weather with abundant sunshine. Come end of February, AZ is the best location to visit!

  3. Congrats on seven amazing years!

    I love the idea of a blogger meetup. That’d be so fun. I’ve been wanting to meet many of my readers and fellow bloggers in real life. It makes me sad how the logistics of that seem so complicated so as to be almost impossible, but never say never.

    Been going through a bit of a low spot in my head recently. Toying with this idea of making my blog private just to keep my writing between me, myself and I. You mentioned how writing a novel is a lonely process. It’s felt like that for me and writing too lately. I think it would become much lonelier if I just shut people out. There are just some days and weeks where I let life get on top of me and I take things personally. Knee-jerk reactions are a big flaw of mine, something to this day I battle with.

    1. Tom, you have the best reviews in the blogosphere. Please don’t hide away. You have a fine talent. YOU should be a professional film critic. As for a conference, we should pick the middle of country. Chicago. Even the British friends could get a direct flight. πŸ˜‰

      1. Very kind of you to say friend, if only I had the connections and the background in writing to make it so. Very difficult to become a writer about movies. Much less an actual critic! I feel like what Mr. Mark Hobin does over at Fast Film Reviews is the kind of style that feels like a good critical perspective. I’m Mr. Adjectives and Adverbs πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

        Chicago is realistic. Setting a date, hmmm…. It would have to be sometime in 2020 of course. But I’m game!

        1. Ha! It’s funny about bloggers. They are shy when it comes to actually meeting. (I have found.) Except for you. How about next time I’m in Philly we have a beer and watch a movie? I’m a Bryce Harper fan. πŸ™‚

  4. We both started in 2012, Cindy. That was obviously a Vintage year for bloggers.
    It has been an absolute pleasure to connect with you for a long time now, to enjoy your writing, and your different life experiences.
    Most of all, it is a complete joy to me to be able to cherish you as a dear friend.
    Best wishes, and looking forward to the next seven.
    Pete. x πŸ™‚

  5. Still have to wait till December till my blogging anniversary.

    I did not have an interest to start a blog in the first place. I was convinced by family and friends. I was told to start one because I have a lot to say. It is more rewarding as a blogger blogging about something about yourself. That is why my blog is a musical theatre blog.

  6. I am so glad you decided to blog. I look foreword to your blog be it words or photos. And because of your blog I have read two excellent novels I might have overlooked without your blog.

  7. Happy Anniversary, Cindy. I knew you and I have followed each other for ears, but being as I started 7 years ago as well, I’m shocked as to the speed with which time passes me by. I’m glad you chose not to simply write about writing!!

  8. Great post πŸ™‚ Congrats to 7 years of your blog Cindy πŸ™‚ Believe it or not, I started mine in 2012 as well – June of that year. Nevertheless, I deleted a lot of the early ones because I revised them later on or I felt I could have written what I did earlier in the decade much better. I love your pictures as well πŸ™‚ Anyway, keep up the great work as always πŸ™‚

    1. Lloyd, you’ve got a great eye and perspective regarding the movies. I never tire hearing about what you think about a film. You are a loyal and true friend. Thank you for sticking with me all these years. πŸ™‚

  9. Congratulations! You are a beautiful person (inside & out), a thoughtful blogger, an ace photographer and an excellent writer! Is there anything you can’t do? Congratulations, again! πŸ™‚

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