All posts by eclecticalli

I am finding my way on the meandering, twisting path of life, constantly surprised by what’s around the next bend. Working to embrace and face the challenges inherent with following your dreams, and writing the journey. A writer and dreamer, historian and theologian, academic and fantasy-world-creator, genealogist and gluten-free baker, crafter and reader, poet and life-long learner, constantly questioning and occasionally irreverent. Eclectic Alli is my personal blog, with reflections on writing, life, theology, history, or whatever may catch my thoughts. Disparate Threads is a fantasy-fiction serial-blog, I am trying to break out of the traditional book-format mold of storytelling, taking advantage of the blog format to build a world. Everything on Disparate Threads is considered "Draft," and I WANT reader responses and input! Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and Instagram round out my online presence, and I try to do little bits different with each of them.

We Need Diverse Books!

The recent We Need Diverse Books (#weneeddiversebooks) campaign that’s been taking off has me thinking about diversity in writing.

And then, recently Raevenly Writes pondered the question of writing relationships that might not fit within our own mainstream culture, writing something that may be completely normal within the society the story takes place, but may be at odds with the readers expectations of a relationship.

But as an author, you can’t ignore how your audience works. I’m not saying everything has to be hetero-normative whitewashed, just that it helps to think about the head space your audience is coming from. Just because it’s a non-issue for you and your characters doesn’t mean it won’t be a huge issue for them, and a potential distraction.  –Raevenly Writes.

And that, that right there, is something that I’ve wondered about myself, in what seems like it should be minor ways… but they end up being less minor the more I think about them.  Just because something seems normal and “a non-issue” to me, and my characters, doesn’t mean it will be a non-issue for my readers.  I recognize that I have lived my life jumping from liberal-bubble to liberal-bubble.  Surrounded by people who Continue reading We Need Diverse Books!

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Sigh…navigating technology

So…I just accidentally posted an utter draft of a post…a thought for a post with no real content, just a few shorthand notes to flesh out.
All because I was trying to make notes on my phone… Sometimes technology makes things more complicated.
So for all of you who get my updates by email, our caught it in the three seconds it was up, consider that a preview of a post that may, or may not every come.  And check out the We Need Diverse Books campaign on twitter and tumblr. 🙂
No more phone posts for me….

Weekly Challenge and Blogging 101 Unite!~

The Challenge this week is about being a teacher and a student….  Normally this would be an easy thing for me to respond to.  I can go on, and on, and on, about my time as an educator, my love of teaching, and how I consider myself to be a life-long-educator.

And I love to learn.  I love being in school, taking classes, doing research, exploring new crafts and approaches to things, and even writing papers (taking tests, not as much… but putting together presentations and showcases, sure!)

But, then I got hit by this ridiculous sense of disappointment, because I said I was going to do “Blogger University 101” and the Zero to Hero assignments, and I really haven’t.  I wanted to engage deeply with that community, and I haven’t.  I wanted to explore the assignments and use the wisdom and ideas to improve my blog, and I haven’t.

And yes.  I’ve had a myriad of reasonable excuses that have kept me from doing the work, but, asking me to reflect on being a teacher and a student makes me realize that I haven’t done these things.  And it makes me feel like I just really want Continue reading Weekly Challenge and Blogging 101 Unite!~

My computer got et-up by a Monster

My computer is currently at the store for repairs.  After trying to fight it into making sense for the past few days I decided it was time to just entrust it with someone with more expertise than me.  It’s a relatively (less than 2-years) new computer, and I feel a sense of betrayal.  It was supposed to last me for a while, to be my stable-rock.  Not supposed to give me more trouble than any computer since… forever.  I suppose I have had a few others that have caused troubles but… Not like this, and not so soon.  Other than my Continue reading My computer got et-up by a Monster

Chasing Dreams

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I spend entirely too much time looking at the sky, and taking pictures of the clouds.

Following dreams is such a strange thing.

It sounds so… light and fluffy.  A dreamy thing, for someone with their eyes to the clouds, floating through life in search of something as intangible as a dream.

But… that’s not the reality.

Following dreams is hard work.  It is facing questions that are hard to ask, making sacrifices and allowing yourself to let go of certain expectations.  It is prioritizing things that others may not understand, and figuring out how to survive while doing so.

I am finding that following my dreams also means identifying what those dreams are.  In seminary we did a lot of talk around issues of “Calling” and “Discernment.”  We read books, and discusses, and wrote reflections, explaining why we were in seminary, what we were “called” to do.  And I wrote those papers, and read those books, and participated in those discussions – but it continued to be an uncertain thing.  And I began Continue reading Chasing Dreams

Ways to give me a heart-attack..

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This is what greeted me when I booted up my computer after a weekend away from it.  Life has been put on hold while I figure it out.
So my post for the day — back things up.  Always.  Everything.  As much as you can.
I am in process of trying to fix and salvage.  And luckily all my writing is backed up (at least, all writing from the past few years).  But pictures and music are somewhere on here.  Hoping for the best…

What!? Talk about acceleration! Time to celebrate!

In the not-so-distant past (2 weeks ago… seriously, two weeks ago?) I remember sitting at my computer, obsessively checking my blog stats (because, as much as I hate to admit it, that’s a thing that I do entirely too much), and realizing that, somehow, I was nearing 40 “followers.”   40!  And many of those were people I didn’t actually know in real-life, people who had read my blog, and decided it was worth continuing to read even though they didn’t know me in person.

And then I wrote this poem, and someone decided it was worthy of being Freshly Pressed.  And suddenly, everything exploded.  Before the day was done I had surpassed 100 followers, and then it kept climbing… and climbing… and now, now I have nearly 400+!  And I am astounded.  According to the map my blog has been viewed in something like 82 countries, and has had over 3,000 views.  I’m not a numbers person — I tend to forget them, and put them together wrong — but I know that those numbers are pretty awesome.  At least, they sound it to me.

But, I also feel like I’ve bypassed some things. Because this all came so quickly (and at a time when I was unable to focus as much attention on the blog as I would like due to life circumstances), milestones that I would have celebrated (like my 100th follower), milestones that I didn’t Continue reading What!? Talk about acceleration! Time to celebrate!