Then & Now

Full moon tonight and it feels like anything can happen. I love change, hate being stuck in a rut. And this blog, after 3284 3285 posts, feels stuck. I mean, really, I’ve been writing about writing for eight years. I think I’ve said it all. Twice.

I want to do something different. I’ve tried before, and it never felt right but maybe now is the time. This post felt both scary and right. More of that, I think. And I’ll still post my writing news but only when something really special or new happens. 

I’ve been inspired by so many “must read” blogs on my list to take a leap outside my comfort zone. John’s always doing something new. Lately he’s been posting his self-portraits. mccabe travelled Europe alone. Sharon started a new business. 

Change is happening everywhere and I’m finally, finally ready to hop back on the merry-go-round. It’s going to be a long busy weekend. When things settle down, I will be back. But different.


  1. 3285 is a big number. I find I really have no sense of what I’ve done until I take stock of it. I actually set up a spreadsheet one day and figured out how many blog posts (over several different websites) I had created, how many audio podcasts, how many videos. It was rather mind boggling. Especially as someone who never feels like he does enough.

    And yes this was extraordinary. Not just the experience itself – though this too blew my mind – but also the way in which you told it. Even with the title it had I was still rather taken aback by the end of it. I know you commented on Mary Richert‘s video (that I posted on my blog) a while ago. She describes what she does as creative non-fiction and she posts these personal essay type things at The Nervous Breakdown. As a genre it never ceases to astound me because either it’s an experience I can relate to or it is something I couldn’t begin to imagine – and either way I am happy, very happy, to go along for the ride. I think sometimes we discount the narratives of our existence and I think that’s a pity, there’s gold there to be mined.

    Anyway good luck. I look forward to following your progress.


  2. Thanks for the votes of confidence Martha and John. John, I know you are interested in writing memoir too. So we’ll see where this goes. I will check out Mary’s site for sure. Thanks for the heads up.


  3. It is fascinating to watch the evolution of blogs as people move through their lives. I have wondered what I will write about once I’m through with my current life transition, I say with optimism that it will end someday. I can’t answer that because I’m not there yet. I thoroughly enjoy reading about your writing, and I enjoy all the other things you write about, too. I look forward to your return, Cindy, and have hopped on the merry-go-round so I can tag along for the ride.


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