A "quilt" based on my book BLUE, created by a middle school student at H.H. Poole Middle School in Stafford, Virginia. I love how each square shares a bit of the polio story or a piece of history.
I have a theory that one reason blogging is so popular is because it represents the fulfillment of our dreams to be published. We toss a few words on the page, move them around a little, add a pic for emphasis, and then, Voila! we click on a button that says PUBLISH POST!
This is heady stuff. And guess what?! We don't even have to go through an editor, marketing team, copyeditor, or book designer. Just like, that with no roadblocks in the way, our words are out there!
Never mind that relatively few people are reading those words. Never mind that the words do not shake the earth or even make a reader laugh or cry.
It just feels good. Blogging satisfies a writer's needs to express herself. And that, my dear imaginary readers, can be dangerous!
Because, in my case anyway, blogging can take an unexpectedly large chunk of time. Usually, it takes the most valuable time in my day - my writing time! By the time I get that blog post, up my bones are begging to move about. My brain requests a change of activity. The clock reminds me of some unavoidable activity that I need get to.
Therefore my work-in-progress does not progress! Some days it becomes a work-in-stagnation.
I'm not sure what I'm going to do about this because blogging wisdom says that regular and frequent posting keeps my imaginary readers coming back. Publishing wisdom (out there in the for-real publishing world) seems to indicate something similar.
At least, in the real world of publishing, I do get requests for more books. I'm not sure anyone has ever begged me for another blog post!
Now that ought to tell me something...
I'm not saying I'm giving up blogging. I'm just saying, don't be surprised if I start posting lots of fabulous middle school book related projects and go back to de-stagnating my work-in-progress.
If they make you laugh or cry or if you beg for more, I'll know I've hit on something.
Another H.H. Poole project based on BLUE. This one gets me at an emotional level. Something about those health dept. officials/polio experts arriving at Ann Fay's house. It doesn't look good for Ann Fay.
I know this scene is depicting the emergency polio hospital in Blue but it also reminds me of a potential scene from Comfort - physical therapists attending polio patients at Warm Springs, GA.