The Next Chapter

You know the song “The Final Countdown” by the painfully obvious 80’s rock band,  Europe?

C’mon – you know the one – with the catchy riff played on a synthesizer…the video consisting of (what I am sure is) the band’s most epic concert performances.  – Oh! – and the hair…soooo much hair….  europe-7

Here’s a link to help jog your memory…or perhaps introduce you to one of the finest music acts the 1980’s gave to the world, if you truly have no idea what I am talking about. (btw, I’m being sarcastic – just go check out the video, you’ll see what I mean…)

Anyway – and, God help me for this – I have been mentally singing that song at the top of my lungs, all the live long day. (!!!!!)

I’ve had a few epiphanous moments regarding my writing and blogging – and most importantly, what the heck I am doing with my writing and blogging after this week.  (This week is the final week of my posting-every-day-for-one-year-challenge-turned-obsession…hence the cheesy 80’s song currently stuck in my head.)

I have come to call these epiphanies “The Next Chapter For Writing The Girl”.  But I guess it is also the next chapter for me.

I have decided – and this was a really tough decision, believe me – that I will only post once a week after I reach goal of “365”:

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Trust me, I flip-flopped on this subject for several weeks.  As much as this has become part of my daily routine, I don’t want things to start getting too…. automatic.  Robotic?  Formulaic?  I love being fresh and spontaneous and the past year has helped quench my thirst to express myself in new ways.  I started out having a lot to say…and I still do have a lot to say – but I want to pace myself a bit now.

Keep in mind – I had one main goal when I decided to partake in the WP “Post A Day” challenge:  I wanted to write everyday.

And I did.  AND it was an awesome learning experience for this Girl.

Sure, I stumbled a bit here and there – I missed a few days (not on purpose)…but I learned that I can write and will write and I’ll always love doing so.

🙂

There are a few other reasons I am choosing not to continue to do daily blog posts on Writing The Girl for 2013:

Primarily, I have decided to start blogging and chronicling my OTHER main passion in life, a side of me I have not shared here: my love of fitness and living a healthy lifestyle.  I have purchased a domain (not giving a way too much info just yet!) and am working on developing another blog site and perhaps even an entire website devoted to this love of mine.  You see, I worked in the fitness industry for a number of years – I have a lot of stories to tell.  Some of it is funny, some of it is weird….all of it is completely about my experiences.  Not to mention that being healthful is very important to me, I want to share what I have learned and (maybe?) empower others to do the same.

Like I said, I don’t want to give too much away just yet, it’s still all very much in the works.  I will be posting more on my new project as soon as I have something to show!  A year ago, I never would have attempted this, but Writing The Girl has taught me that I sure as heck should give it a try.

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At first I thought I could still blog every day here, and then work on my new site too…but you know what?  It would be too much.  There comes a point when one has to admit that they cannot do EVERYTHING all the time.

Secondly – did you know I now have two books in the works?  TWO.  One of my goals last year was to finish a novel I wrote in 2011.  Over a year later and I haven’t even so much as looked at it.   Ultimately, I want to re-write the whole thing and then try to publish it…somehow.  The second novel I have in the works needs even more attention…and an ending.

So you see Writing The Girl has done its job  – I am a writer after all.  I just have to keep working at it!

And then there’s my photography – how could I forget about that?  My online portfolio needs soooo much attention.  :S  I need to get off my butt and do more professional shooting.  Of course, I will still share my images here.

So – my plan is to carry on the Girl with a combination of the weekly photo challenges and the daily writing prompts during 2013 and beyond.

Throughout this week, my last week of blogging daily, I will be updating my “About” page, and tying up what I consider “loose ends”.  No, this is not really a “Final Countdown” (e-gads, there’s that song again!) – the next 6 days will be more like a graduation.

I have said this so many times over the past year – I simply cannot imagine my life without this blog.  The next few days and weeks will be a bit of an adjustment period…but I am excited to get to work on The Next Chapter….

Now, if only I could get this awful song out of my head….

 

2 Replies to “The Next Chapter”

  1. I’m not sure if it’s the year 2013 or something that grew inside me the more I immersed myself into my writing but this year I have very specific goals for myself. They include freelance writing, a post a day (where have I heard that before LOL) and to increase my cyber-space portfolio.
    I wish you good luck & will certainly be popping over to the fitness blog as that is another goal…!
    What is it about writers & piling on the goals for themselves?

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