I don’t know how many of you remember a song called Dog and Butterfly by a group called Heart, but it’s always been one of my favorites. And tonight, as I was contemplating some changes I’m going to be making in the very near future, that’s what came to mind. You know me, I love to use videos to make a point.
But what was my point? And why this song? Well, I started Googling the meaning, not sure I’d actually come up with something but, surprisingly enough, I did. While I can’t vouch for the fact that it’s true, it sounds just about right.
Apparently Ann Wilson was watching her dog chasing a butterfly, and it occurred to her that life is a lot like that. We humans are always reaching for things we can never really catch, but we try anyway.
I’m going to be making plans and setting goals for the rest of my life. Some I’ll reach, hold in my hands…but some will never come to fruition. And I’m okay with that. Without failures, it would be impossible to know how good success feels.
Goals will change along the way, and plans will be altered as needed to try and achieve them. And that’s where I’m at today.
I’ve been very interested in Breeana Puttroff’s newsletters. She’s been including deleted scenes from her series, the Dusk Gate Chronicles, for some time now. And I’ve been wishing that I could come up with a way to put some of my own stories on my blog. But should it be deleted scenes? Should it be sample pages or chapters?
And so I let the idea germinate, but truthfully…I’ve been so busy with the writing challenge last month, and then the editing and getting ready for Christmas this month, it slipped my mind.
Then yesterday, I read Debra Kristi’s farewell to her popular Immortal Mondays series, because she wants to make more time for her first love – writing her stories. And that will include posting things that readers will enjoy, like Friday Fictioneers.
So I guess that was the reminder I needed. No, I’m not going to post deleted scenes. Nor am I going to put up excerpts from my books, or manuscripts. I’m going to share full length novellettes and novellas in weekly installments.
But I’m going to have a little fun with them. I’m working on a newsletter, and subscribers will get each installment a full week before they’re posted here (and on my website).
Newsletter subscribers will be invited to share ideas that they’d like to see in the stories, and once in awhile, I’ll choose one and include it in a scene.
As each story is complete, I’m going to remove them from my blog, except for the first few paragraphs, and publish them. That means my blog readers and newsletter subscribers are going to be able to read them before anyone else does.
When will this change take place? Before Christmas. Just as soon as I have the first story ready, and figure out the newsletter, I’ll post a link here. Hope you’re as excited about the changes as I am.
A word of warning… This doesn’t mean I’m finished with sharing other things. Like Borax shampoo, funny stories I come across, and other weird stuff that comes to mind. 🙂
I love this idea, Kristy. I hope it works out. You’ll have to keep me posted. It’s similar to an idea I’ve been kicking around. You can share your notes with me. 😉 I need to get on Breeana’s list. .
Thanks, Debra. So far things are not going according to plan. I’m thinking trying to implement anything new in December is a lousy idea. And then I’m tossing around some possible changes to these plans, too. Hopefully, once the holidays are over, I can devote a whole lot more time to figuring things out. 🙂
And yes, you should get on Breeana’s list. I really enjoy her newsletter. 🙂
I’m sad to say goodbye to Debra’s Immortal Mondays. I really enjoy those posts.
Good luck with your newsletter, Kristy.
I’m sorry, Emma. I hated pulling the plug, but you know how it is. Something had to give. 🙁 I’m sad too.
I look forward to other types of blog posts.
Thanks, Emma! It’s going to be strange to not be learning about mythological beings anymore, but I think Debra has a good plan in place, and it sounds like something she needs to do. At least (I hope!) she isn’t taking down the older posts, so we’ll have those to re-read sometimes. 🙂