The Ban Explained

If you’ve read my last post, I’ve been banned from writing. Which means it seems pretty rebellious to be writing a blog post, but I was able to negotiate. I’m going to write blog posts to keep my hand in with things like sentence structure and phrasing. I’m going to also use it as a chance to practise finding my writing voice.

In the spirit of writing things that will help me become a more balanced writer, I’m going to be focusing on non-fiction pieces. In order to get some additional benefit from these posts, I’m going to be using them to track things I am doing, skill sets that I’m working to improve.

This post is about getting myself ready, and offering a little bit of a heads-up to those on who read my posts. It’s going to be a bit random from here on in, probably until we hit NaNoWriMo. That is a negotiation in progress, because I am very lucky to have a dear friend who is helping me stay accountable to these modified writerly goals. One of the reasons for the ban is because going through a stage of not writing seems to be an integral part of my writing cycle. I’m attempting to make it a positive thing, as opposed to the rather a somewhat negative emotional spiral that it usually becomes.

So, here is a snapshot of things to come.

Book reviews; but as I read them as a writer. I will do my best to avoid spoilers, I promise.

Bunny training updates. I’ve made the decision to start using positive reinforcement training, also known as treat or clicker training, to make it easy to spend time with my bunnies. I’m aiming to have confident, happy bunnies who answer to their names, follow a target, and hopefully harness train them. Big goals, but the small steps will make it happen. And I promise, there will be pictures.

Hobby projects. I crochet, tat, and am working on picking up new hobbies all the time. I’ll be writing about what I do, what I’m aiming for, and anything I learn along the way. Which means that there are going to be some random sounding posts. They are all connected in my sort of funny logic, I promise.

Horse training. Now, this one is an ongoing project, but it’s going to be on my horsey blog. Which I will cross to, but I’m keeping it separate because I know there is a real chance I can write or talk about that under water. It’s also woefully in need of updates, because Bridget and I are having heaps of fun! Or, I’m having fun and Bridget is humouring me. Still counts though.

You'll be seeing a lot more of these little guys!

You’ll be seeing a lot more of these little guys!

And now the plan is written out. And it’s on! If I’m doing really well, there might even be some pre-NaNoWriMo planning I pop up to keep them straight and give me some more accountability.


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