My Writing Process: a Blog Tour

Jun 1, 2014

in Word, Work

Writing-Process

Editor’s note: at the time of publishing this post in 6 days late… it’s been sitting in my drafts folder for 3.5 days. Please accept this sweet picture of peonies as a peace offering.

My friend Kelly invited me to be a part of this blog tour thing of sorts and share a bit of my writing process and why I blog etc. (I think she just pokes me from time to time to see if this thing is alive honestly.) Kelly is awesome and a treasure, please go read her post too!

What am I working on?

Right now in my drafts folder I have an overdue post about a panel I was invited to be a part of talking about how Queens is cool and a love letter to Preen and that neon orange color that was all up in their February shows (yeah, I’m a little more behind on that one). Oops.

During the day I work in digital advertising and shit has been cray, which is why none of those things are published. Well, that coupled with general screen fatigue, wine, and a true love of a full nights sleep.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

There’s less of it? Remember when everyone first started reading blogs and we all had our “dailies” i.e. the blogs that you just HAD to read every day. Then everyone fell forever behind in the blog readers and blog lovin’ feeds and even google reader was like “never mind we can’t with this ish.”

Well, you don’t have to worry about that here. I publish with wild and sporadic abandon. Often I put things here in the middle of the night and then forget to tell anyone at all. Basically what I’m saying is this blog is like that Jack in the Box in Elf, you just never know when it’s gonna come through but you want it to succeed?!

Why do I write what I do?

Leftovers? The thrill of hitting publish without excessive scrutiny or approval? If you’re one of the three people who have been stopping by since this blog’s early days as a craft blog, then home design/DIY blog, then some weird lifestyle diary, then the phase where it sat quietly for almost a year, and now the place where I sometimes share expensive things and random stuff I want to put out there for funsies, isn’t this great?

Don’t get me wrong though, overall this blog has ultimately stayed true to its original mission statement. “Things I Dream About While Sitting at my Desk” I just happen to have had a lot of day dreams and a few different desks over the years. Cubicle57 started as a place to put the things I thought about while I searched for a new career, then it became my new career, and then it became my sabbatical — I come here to vacation now, it’s nice. Basically you’re at the Sandals of the internet, HI!

How does your writing process work?

At work I’m in a constant cycle of yearly, quarterly, and bi-weekly strategies that I plan out and submit for approval and plug into various editorial calendars so I can get Mother’s Day taken care of in February because that just feels good. J/K sometimes it doesn’t. Here I run a much looser ship — I mostly just go with it. If I like it and I’m messing around in the ole photoshop I will publish it — even if it serves no purpose or strategy or isn’t the greatest thing around (gasp!) — because I like writing, and taking sweet pics, and making layouts of all of my favorite things.

Pass the torch…

Ultimately though? I wanted to participate just so I could selfishly tag Ms. Sara Alvarez Kleinsmith as next because you guys she is a beautiful writer and glorious friend and I read next to nothing over 300 words these days, but every time I see her publish something I make the time to read THE WHOLE THING. And that, is worth sharing.

So check out her writing, it’s gorgeous and wonderful and you’ll probably cry at your desk and then find yourself strutting out of the office doing sweet dance moves like HI WORLD I’M GREAT WHAT DO YOU HAVE FOR ME. I’m dying to learn about her process!

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judy June 2, 2014 at 9:31 am

as one of your “three” faithful readers I am always amazed at how your personality comes through in your writing style. Leaves me smiling at each sentence.

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Kelly June 2, 2014 at 9:37 am

She lives! hah! So glad you could join me in this fun little blog pass it off. I love reading your blog when you post… you always bring a smile to my face. xo

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elizabeth June 18, 2014 at 8:10 am

I keep coming back for gems like ‘the Sandals of the Internet’.

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Lesley June 19, 2014 at 12:03 am

Been missing this blog. Glad you’re back.

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