12 March, 2012

Answers To Reader Questions

Back in late February for my 900+ Followers post, I got a few questions from readers. And since I've been lagging (too far) behind on the blogosphere these days, here--finally--are my answers!

What are you working on right now in terms of writing? from Marsha Sigman
Does brainstorming count? Having discovered that a recent project lost its attraction and energy after the plotting ended and actual writing began, I've been trying to figure out what I'm passionate about that could translate into a book. I'm thinking something to do with birds and/or flying . . .

If you had to choose between writing and ballet, which would you choose? from Janet Johnson
Um . . . you know, that's a difficult question. I'm inclined to say writing, but only because you didn't exclude the possibility I could do other kinds of dance instead of ballet. :)

Have you changed the way you blog from when you first started? from Lynda R Young
Yes, I have, though most of that involves the way I structure my posting. When I started out I'd post every day, on absolutely anything (sometimes it was just a boring "I'm trying to think of something to post about!" or the equivalent), occasionally multiple times. Also, I'm much more focused on writing than I was before.

What's the best and worst part of your hometown? from Deniz Bevan
The worst part is its location, since it's 20 miles or more from anything significant, i.e. where there are places to shop besides a dollar store, gas station, and local grocery store which could do with some sprucing up. (A very, very close second is the town's motto that's emblazoned across the welcome sign right off the highway, which to me seems more than a tad derogatory.) The best part is the library; and the fact my mom started working there in 2011 also helps.

-----The Golden Eagle


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Structured posting helps! Not that I do it...

Jamie Gibbs said...

I used to post things with "I don't know what to post" so that I could get into the habit of posting frequently. I've learned now that posting less often and having a think about what I want to talk about is the best way forward :)

if you didn't do ballet, what dance would you do?

Carrie Butler said...

Fun post, Eagle! :)

David P. King said...

Thanks for taking the time to answer questions, Eagle, even if I didn't ask you any. Now I'm curious to know what that motto reads on your town's welcome sign. :)

Old Kitty said...

Oh you can't beat a library! I'd forgive a town anything if they have a library! :-)

p.s. but now I am most intrigued by your town's motto...!

Take care

Ash-Matic said...

I hate it when enthusiasm for a project drains away like that.

Good luck finding something else! Sometimes it can be fun to mash something out - stream-of-consciousness style, and draw whatever you need from that as a starting point, little seeds from which something else might grow.

Unless that too loses its enthusiasm - and then I'm out of ideas too.

Belle said...

Yes, I'd like to know the motto of your town too!

Connie Keller said...

Count me as another vote for hearing the town's motto.

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm grateful most of the time for my small town to be a good ways from shopping. Once in a while I complain. Not often.

Beth said...

What is the town's motto?

DeniseCovey_L_Aussie said...

Great post Golden. Was wonderful learning more about you and how you've developed in the blogging world. d.

M Pax said...

My blog seems to continuously evolve, but I find structure very helpful, too.

Nice to learn about your dancing & I hope you find a story you're passionate about soon. It should be about birds...maybe dancing birds.

Alleged Author said...

My mom just moved to a place like your hometown. It was nice to visit and get away from the city for a while!

Susan Kane said...

Someday you will look back at the small town and its experiences. You will feel a tremendous longing. That's the way it works.

Jamie Burch said...

I need more structure with my posting! Thanks for sharing your answers with us.

I'm curious about your town's motto, too. ;)

Hope you have a fantastic week!

L.G.Smith said...

I think a lot of us start out as ambitious bloggers, posting five days a week. At first it doesn't seem like a five hundred word article should be so hard to come up with every day. But, yeah, I've dropped to two posts a week and I'm lucky if I can think of something to write about for those. Thanks goodness for blogfests!!

Anonymous said...

I liked the post... different and it worked.

Pat Hatt said...

Writing and the ballet, that wouldn't be a hard choice for me..haha...small towns are nice, but the ones in the middle of nowhere, may not be so much.

Christina Farley said...

I really enjoyed these questions and answers! I didn't know you danced. Very cool.

Abby Minard said...

Fun questions and answers! I hope you find that great idea to start working on. And the town I live in now is pretty small, but 15 minutes away from the bigger city which is good.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I grew up somewhere 'a long way from anywhere' and didn't realize what I was missing until I moved closer to a city. I still like the country but I love only having to drive a little to way too many places to shop.

Tasha Seegmiller said...

I love structured blogs - lets me know what is going to show up (generally - we all still have our tangent days) :)

Pearson Report said...

Hello Ms Eagle - I'm way late to the party I see - so...Congratulations on surpassing the 900 mark! WOW - you deserve every follower.
I remember meeting you during the 2011 A to Z Challenge and was totally impressed with your blogging style and the incredible information you presented.

These are great questions and answers...it's always pleasure getting to know a little more about a blogger I admire.

Hugs, Jenny @ Pearson Report
Co-Host of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

DWei said...

Everything in my hometown seems more expensive compared to the surrounding cities. Not sure why...

Rusty Webb said...

I still haven't figured out what I'm doing in regards to blogging. I'm glad you found your niche so quickly.

Traci Kenworth said...

Interesting & fun!!

Stuart Nager said...

Dance, Dance, Dance...you can always write!

New blogfest: "What is the motto on my town's welcome sign and the story behind it?" ;)

Anonymous said...

Wow you were ambitious to start! I dont think I could ever post everyday! I am opinionated but even I dont have that much to say!

Anonymous said...

So ...... what's the motto on your town sign?

Mark Noce said...

Thanks for the update! I was wondering some of these things myself, but thought I must have missed it somewhere:)

Anonymous said...

I hope you find some motivation for the WIP. Good luck.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Golden Eagle .. love that your Mum is working in the local library - what a gold mine for information .. brilliant .. cheers Hilary

Jai Joshi said...

I'm always interested to see how people have changed and evolved their blogging styles so it was cool to see your answer to that question.

And it was fascinating to learn about your combined loves of writing and ballet. I haven't seen that combo before in any of my writer friends and I thought it was lovely!


Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

You should do an AMA on Reddit. Then you could rub elbows with the likes of Neil deGrasse Tyson and Woody Harrelson (although Woody's AMA is considered one of the worst ever and a possible reason for his film tanking).

Marsha Sigman said...

Thank you! You can never go wrong with a flying story.ha

The Golden Eagle said...

To David, Old Kitty, Belle, Connie, Beth, Jamie, Stuart, and Stephen, who inquired about my town's motto: I'd tell you, but I'm afraid some strange internet person would Google it and piece together where I live--so I'd rather not mention it outright.

Alex: Well, you're more structured than I am, at any rate.

Jamie: Definitely. At least, for the readers . . .

Modern/jazz or lyrical most likely, if I could find classes for it. Maybe tap.

Carrie: Thank you!

David: You're very welcome!

Old Kitty: Yeah, me too. :)

Ash-Matic: Thanks!

I'm kind of at that point. I wrote a piece that was along the lines of stream-of-consciousness, but I have no burning desire to revisit it . . . ah well. This spell can't last forever!

Charles: It can be much more peaceful when there isn't a lot of traffic, but for a while we didn't have a car and public transit in the area is inefficient--my mom now has a working car, but it's still a lingering worry.

Denise: Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed learning more about me. :)

M: LOL. The Twelve Dancing Birds, perhaps?

Alleged: True, it is nice to get away from urban centers--but transportation can get tricky, as it was for us.

Susan: Most likely. :P

Jamie: You're welcome!

You too. :)

L.G.: I'd agree. I guess it's just buildup of ideas at first, and eventually that well runs out. :P

Blogfests are great sources of idea.

Tfwalsh: I'm glad you liked it!

Pat: At least not this one. There's no easy way down to the city if you don't have a car, which we didn't for a while.

Christina: Glad you enjoyed them!

Thank you. :)

Abby: Thanks!

Closer than this one, at any rate. Sounds like it works for you. :)

Susan: LOL. It does seem like there are either too few or too many places to buy things.

Tasha: I know I do!

Jenny: Thank you so much! :)

I'm glad you liked learning more about me.

DWei: Value of real estate, maybe? Not that the housing economy is doing so great right now . . .

Rusty: Thanks! And it seems to me like you've got a great personality blog over at The Blutonian Death Egg. :)

Traci: Glad you enjoyed it!

Stuart: LOL. I wonder how many people would sign up for it.

Cestlavie22: I didn't, either, which I think was part of my problem. I tried to force content when there was no content to force. :P

Mark: You're welcome!

Nope; this is all new information about The Golden Eagle. ;)

Joshua: Thank you!

Hilary: Indeed. I love going there when she's at the desk.

Jai: Thank you--I suppose it isn't a combination that would automatically spring to mind. One has to do with words, and the other with movement. :)

Michael: What does AMA stand for?

Sounds like fun, though; Neil deGrasse Tyson is one of my favorite scientists!

Marsha: You're very welcome. Thanks for asking!

Not in my book.

Gwen said...

My town used to have a dollar store, but then it went out of business. And in the 10+ years I've lived here we haven't had a library. I think that's the think I hate most about my town.

Sarah Pearson said...

Your Mum works in a library? That's really cool :-)

Rachel Morgan said...

Wait. How did I not know that you're a ballet dancer?
*feels guilty*

I wish I worked in a library! (I mean, I think I do. I'm not actually entirely sure what librarians do!)

The Golden Eagle said...

Gwen: It's too bad your town doesn't have a library!

Sarah: It is. :)

Rachel: No need to feel bad about it! It's not something I bring up often.

Shelve books, check out/in books, answer questions for patrons, keep the building running, stuff like that. My mom really likes the job. :)

anthony stemke said...

Enjoyed reading this post, interesting as usual.

The Golden Eagle said...

Anthony: Thank you! :)

Deniz Bevan said...

Loved seeing your answers! Derogatory sign? Dare I ask what it says?