The Writer’s Desk–A Challenge

I wasn’t going to play along. I like the idea of contests and challenges and the blogging camaraderie they create, but I already struggle with the issue of time to keep current with blogging maintenance. But from the moment I read Nancy’s Challenge  on her blog,  Spirit Lights the Way , encouraged to write a brief description of my writing process, I haven’t stopped thinking about the contest. It’s a nice idea. Why don’t you consider playing along?

I don’t primarily think of myself as a writer. I am more at home as a researcher. I am interested in so many different intersecting topics, reading dozens of books at one time and never without an interest in a thought-journey requiring further investigation. Blogging has given me a way to keep my ideas and fascinations in order. The idea that anyone else might share one of my interests, is just joy!

Writing Desk

Here’s my writing desk. Fancy, isn’t it?

These are just a few of my necessary piles materials.

Thank you, Nancy, for the idea worth exploring. Yes, I’m a researcher who is fortunate enough to have a small audience, which eventually encourages me to put down the books and just write.

It’s hard to breathelighter when WordPress goes rogue!

The Trouble With Tribbles
The Trouble With Tribbles (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My friends who do not blog…this post is designed as a pubic service announcement for all my blogging buddies. If you are not tied to WordPress through a blog of your own, just listen to me whine about inconvenience, and feel sorry for me! One of my stress relieving mechanisms is to clearly ask for what I need, so I’m asking you to be patient with me, I’m feeling a little overwhelmed, and I really need to complain about it  And I’m also asking WordPress just to STOP!

Presumably, most, if not all WordPress bloggers, have been inundated with hundreds of emails…some change/glitch/non-improvement sending us email messages of all the responses associated with blogs we follow and have also commented on. There was a time when I was impressed that some of you have as many as one hundred responses to a popular blog post…now I’m just annoyed!

What makes this even more frustrating is that although I have hundreds of unwanted emails, I haven’t received notifications of new posts from some of my favorite blogs! So if I haven’t commented on your blog lately, I may not have even known you posted. Cyberspace has gone haywire. Sun spots? The Super Moon? Someone asleep at the switch?

This was a tough weekend to have issues. My husband was out-of-town and I spent my weekend helping my parents with some things that also required me to stay closely connected to email. That is until my inbox blew up. Somewhere around this time I also broke my reading glasses. I took this as a sign that I had reached my limit. I couldn’t handle trying to keep up with my typical blog reading enjoyment. It was simply impossible.

But then, Chicago John at From the Bartolini Kitchens came to the rescue! John has posted what appears to at least be a temporary  remedy to the problem. So if you have not figured it out on your own, go here and follow John’s clearly delineated directions. Be sure to say thank you! If you read some of the responses he’s received, you won’t feel so alone :-) Good thought, though, don’t respond unless you plan to follow his directions, because you’ll unleash a torrent of new emails in the process. Quite a conundrum!

So as I reclaim my volume control and move into a new week, I will also go back to see what I missed! I am quite sure many of you continued with your lives regardless of the overwhelming amount of email. I, on the other hand, was not as focused. But I did have a moment of humor when I recalled the now well-known Start Trek episode, “The Trouble with Tribbles.” I try to find the humor when I can!

Have a “tribble free” week, my friends.

Debra