By February, I found that I was turning my grief into unstoppable work. It occurred to me that writing about it might help. And so, “Talkin’ to Myself” came into being. Here is the link to version 1. http://musingmueller.blogspot.com/2011/02/
My blog has brought me friends that I would never have met otherwise. Although I don’t write every day, I do share the projects and changes that occur in my life. There are a lot of dogs and cats, flowers and fiber arts. Lately, there is a lot of travel. Be careful, there is a bit of snark here and there!
I don’t consider myself a “writer”. I am not a “photographer”. I don’t force myself to write something or create anything. I write about the things I see and the stuff that my brain wants to sent out to the cosmos. But the blogging has helped me heal.
Grief will always be with me. But writing has helped me to accept the world as it is. Sometimes the things I write are relevant to other people.
Basically, anything I think people will enjoy reading about.
After I finished writing “Flamenco & the Sitting Cat,” a general fiction novel for adults, I queried high and low for a literary agent and/or a publishing house. 80 queries later have confirmed what any author knows: finding either ain’t easy.
Fortunately, self-publishing gets easier all the time! Best of all, self-publishing doesn’t require agents and traditional publishers.
It does, however, require that I learn to promote my own books. My blog is my exploration of how best to let people sample my writing and sensibility.
It is about my journey through life, and that of my dog Scrappy Doodlepip, and as l say to everyone, we each have a story to tell. So l try to tell mine in the most eclectic and entertaining fashion that l can.
What inspired you to start your blog or website?
In truth – l don’t really know. It’s strange l ask people this very same question all the time on my own interview series and everyone has a different reason for doing so, and yet l ask myself the same question and all l come back with is … why not? Not the most inspiring of answers l admit at my own concession – but l just love to write and it was literally a case of thinking, if everyone else can do it, surely l can too?
Blogging on animals, peace and war, science, social justice, women’s issues, arts, and much more.
When I started blogging at ModBlog in January 2005, I wrote (and I will repeat it here, to prevent it from going down with, now in 2011, Blogsome):
Welcome, to read the diary as I write.
Like Anne Frank 63 years ago, I am starting something while unable to predict how the world around me will evolve.
I hope this will be a many-sided diary. I hope I will be able to write much on new discoveries on ancient cultures; new poems; new paintings; new scientific discoveries in medicine, the lives of birds, and much more.
However, political and economic power being in the hands where they are now, I fear that I will have to write much on “four more years” of war in Iraq and elsewhere; rich getting richer and poor getting poorer; torture in Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere; environmental destruction by corporations and governments.
Still, I hope that I will also be able to report on people fighting against these phenomena; for a better, more peaceful and just world.
In chaos theory , there is the “butterfly effect “: a butterfly in the Amazon rain forest, flapping its wings, usually does not cause a storm far away, felling mighty trees.
However, in some unusual circumstances, it does.
May there be favorable circumstances for bloggers and others speaking truth to power! “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”, as Muhammad Ali used to say.
I am inspired to write about various events in everyday life as influenced by the perspective I have as a dog-person. These might be observations of people who may remind me of a funny encounter between Dexter and Comet, a life lesson, or a personality issue that I am helping them ( my “pack” work through – which helps me empathize with people I may see during my day. Often I write about things that dogs do that seem very human.
From the time I was a toddler through present day, I have always had dogs in my life. They were constant companions when I was moving a lot due to my parents’ jobs or marital problems. For many years I had problems where I could not voice my thoughts clearly nor could, if put on the spot, speak without stuttering and confusing people. When my wife’s creativity was noted by her friends who urged her to start blogging, I decided to encourage her blogging by trying it myself. Yet I found that as I continued blogging, my ability to think clearly grew, and my ability to speak also became more clear. Now when I am in front of people presenting – for work, for my church, or among my friends, I do not stutter and stumble over thoughts.