I am committed to posting at least once per week, if not more, but find myself held back (and here I find myself distracted...oh, yeah, I should definitely spend some time looking for that one comic of a guy sitting in his chair, with the words, "He wanted to write, but something held him back--and he's tied to a chair).
And then I thought to write "Har har" but realized I had written that already in a post and so dropped that. I do that a lot. Have a thought. Hate it. Abandon it.
What I really keep coming back to is audience. My primary audience will be students. And I want to be insightful and funny and creative, of course. So, that's a pressure every writer knows well. But on top of that, since I am The Teacher, I feel like it should all be polished to perfection.
Folks, it's just not going to happen. I am a practicing writer, which is the way I want us all to see each other. And practicing writers have to take risks and make mistakes. End of sermon.
Anywho, I have also been thinking a lot about my subjects. In looking through past writer's notebooks, certain ideas/topics come up again and again, such as:
1. Books/book thoughts
2. Musings about things I don't understand/that enrage me
3. Teaching (high points and low ones, too)
4. Family--memories, questions, funny things someone says
5. DOGS (this should probably be number one); I am a rabid animal lover...har har.
6. Current events
7. Stabs at writing poetry/short stories
8. Anything I don't want to forget
9. Nature. Birds. Gardening.
10. Hopes and dreams
11. Humans in general (weird stuff I overhear; wondering why certain people act the way they do; what's it all mean?)
Signing out now; otherwise I see rambling...
Now feast your eyes on Fritch dog #3, Humphrey. More about him later. But where to start? Probably the time he farted and scared himself to death...