Posting Like a Guest

A few weeks back, I was asked by Hollie to write a post for her blog, Alexie Ric Rac, while she gallivanted off to get married.  It was my first ever guest post!  I figured this meant I had finally become a real blogger and thus I was quite excited. My excitement was immediately followed by worries about getting it wrong, which in turn was followed by excitement, which was once more followed by worries… you get the picture.  As I wrote the blog post, I basically alternated between slightly-alarming smiles and cowering under my desk.

I wrote about op shops and why they are amazing, which is quite unlike me, I know.  I haven’t bought anything from an op shop for a whole, oh, several days now.

It was a lot of fun to write, so I hope it was fun to read.  You can find out by clicking on this handy link to my guest post at Alexie Ric Rac.

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Blogging and Inspiration

Some mornings you wake up to a cat asleep on your face.  Other mornings you wake up and discover someone’s given you a Very Inspiring Blogger award.  I’ll leave you to work out which is better or, at the very least, which one is likely to result in less fur in your mouth.

Why yes, I do like to browse through blogs of a morning, possibly before I even eat breakfast.  Am I addicted to the blogging world?  Yes.  Am I even slightly concerned about this?  No.  One of the reasons why I’m convinced blogging is a very healthy addiction is because you never know when someone’s going to pass an award your way, which is exactly what Lesley from L F*King Sewing did a few weeks ago.

Awards such as these come with equally grand responsibilities, so let’s get this started. Continue reading

Halfway to a Century

It turns out I’m halfway to a century, which is my fancy way of saying this is my fiftieth blog post on Katie Writes Stuff – welcome and huzzah!  In my past blogging adventures, I’ve always managed to miss monumental blogging milestones, but WordPress comes with a handy dashboard with interesting details such as how many spam comments you have and graphs of five hundred people visiting your site because you mentioned the word ‘wedding’ in a post title.

So here we are at fifty and what a journey it’s been.  I’ve rambled on about everything from roadtrips to television to the occasional mention of making things by hand.  And by ‘occasional’ I obviously mean ‘with every waking breath’.  And I may have mentioned op shops from time to time, too.

One thing I may not have mentioned is my love of stats, details and graphs, but we’re going to learn about them now as we recap what’s been happening on this blog over the first fifty posts.  Firstly, let’s start with a good old standby: the top [insert number here]!  (We’ll go with ‘five’.) Continue reading

Merry Christmas!

This blog has only been running for, oh, let’s see… almost three weeks and it already feels like one of the best decisions I’ve made all year.  It’s allowed me to re-connect with old blogging friends and make a few new ones all in three short weeks.  Thank-you to everyone who has liked posts or left comments – I appreciate it very much.

For now, however, it’s time to say just one thing: Merry Christmas!  And because it’s me, it’s pretty much compulsory that this sentiment be accompanied by a photograph.

Merry Christmas 2014

Have a wonderful Christmas!  And if you don’t celebrate Christmas, then have a wonderful 25th of December and enjoy the public holiday.  Stay safe, spend time with good people, and have a splendid New Year.

Vlog Time: Failing NaNoWriMo

We all know about NaNoWriMo, right?  That crazy time of year (known to normal people as ‘November’) when people around the world decide to write a 50,000 word novel in thirty days?  Yeah, that.  For the last two years, I’ve decided that it’s a thing that should happen to me.

Last year, it happened successfully, despite the fact I decided join in one third of the way through November.

This year, it wasn’t quite as successful, despite starting right at the beginning of the month.  So I could be annoyed by this and disappointed at my failure and this would seem to be an appropriate reaction, something along the lines of the feelings I experience when I go to take a sip of my tea and realise that I’ve drunk it all without noticing.

“I’ve failed NaNoWriMo!” I declared to all and sundry, which resulted in roughly ten percent understanding nods and ninety percent bewildered looks.

And then I thought about it.  In spite of one migraine, full-time work, several clarinet lessons, four four-hour band rehearsals, one friend’s music concert, a barbeque with the in-laws and extra rehearsals for Maroondah Carols, I managed to write 45,000 words of a story that has pretty much hijacked my imagination.  And that doesn’t feel like failing after all.

So I did the logical thing and made a vlog about it.

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