Wednesday, September 10, 2014

working it out

I've been tagged!  Sorta...

Riot Kitty did this meme and tagged everybody, then Joey did it and tagged everybody, so I think I'm somewhere in that Venn diagram intersection.

It's a meme for writers.  I don't really consider myself a "writer", but like Joey says, if you have a blog, it counts.  So, here goes.

1) What are you currently working on?
Oh, y'know... laundry and stuff.  But, I think this question was actually addressing writing projects. *ahem*.  

Interestingly enough, I do a fair amount of writing for school, which is a bit different than typical engineering coursework. But it's a management program, so I guess we're supposed to be able to articulate and communicate techie things.  Instead of having to answer questions that start with, "What is the solution to..." or "Find the result of...", my classwork asks things that start with "Discuss..." or "Elaborate on..." or "Describe..."

For that, I think the rambling on the blog has been helpful.  Many years ago, when I first started blogging, I remember Wolfgang asking what I was doing.  I told him, "I'm maintaining my skills for talking to grownups".  

2) How does your work differ from others in the same genre?
Back to this blog - I'm not sure I really have a genre.  I started blogging when we first moved here, and our kids were little, and I didn't know anyone.  I named it "AbbyNormal" because I often felt out of place as a housewife in white collar suburbia.  I don't fit the soccer mom stereotype,  and I'm totally content about that.

It was later that I learned of blogs of specific genres.  Mom blogs, running blogs, fish keeping blogs, bicycling blogs, cooking blogs, travel blogs, movie blogs...  Mine can be any of those on a given day.  

The thing I like about blogging is that I think it's made me more observant.  There are funny, interesting, thought provoking, inspiring, sweet things happening all around us.  Having a blog helps me to be more aware of them.  I do avoid blogging about divisive issues like politics or religion, although I do have pretty strong opinions.  

, I stopped for a pit stop at my friendly local bike shop on the commute home today (really, they encourage such things.  Who am I to argue?).  I snapped a pic of their tp holder for no other reason than to post it here.  Cute, eh?  It's a head tube with front forks, complete with quick release!

3) Why do you write what you write?
So readers would not  mistake me for a typical white collar suburban soccer mom?  That's kind of what's going on, I suppose.  My white collar housewife-of-suburbia rebellion.

It's also a nice way to meet other bloggers with similar interests.  Can't get that with a private journal.

4) Describe your writing process.
Blog posts are usually the result of experiencing something that I deem as blogworthy.  Maybe it's a trip with the family, or achievement of some goal, or some stupid mishap, or a search for advice.  Like I said, having a blog helps me think about being more observant and/or creative which leads me to appreciating "little things" that I might not otherwise appreciate....

like getting stung by a %&#*ing bee and losing the use of my hand for a couple of days.   It's a "make this fun" challenge!

YOUR turn.  If you read this and you have a blog... You're IT!!



  1. Well that was fun!

    You blog for most of the same reasons I do. And you find it fulfilling for many of the same reasons I do.

    I usually fail miserably to follow through on memes for which I've been tagged. So since you kind of generically tagged us all, I wouldn't hold your breath on me. But who knows? Maybe I'll find myself with spare time on my hands and actually do this one. It's kind of thought provoking.

  2. Terri's right. This WAS fun! I read Riot Kitty's meme. And I'm about ready to read Joey's meme. So I've been unofficially tagged a few times. But I'm moving, and closing, and flying, and working, and omg I have NO time. But maybe when things settle down.... if they ever.
    In the meantime, I'm really glad you started this blog all those years ago and are still going strong. You've done a great job of keeping it light and fun. Which is why I look forward to visiting after a long day.
    (oh. and cute toilet paper holder!)

  3. I don't have a blog. If I did, it would essentially be a "private journal" because no one would read it (I am that not interesting).

    So, NOT IT!

  4. Well your blog works - I NEVER mistook you for a soccer mom! :-)

  5. You give good answers. Your sensible self obviously gets along well with your humorous self, which is fun for your readers. So glad you took the pic of the tp holder. I want to pass it along to a couple biker pals. I totally get your being observant, constantly finding a gem to share on your blog.

  6. I enjoyed reading your answers. Blogging is a great way to connect when you're feeling a little out of place in your non internet life.

  7. That was fun and enlightening as well. You definitely have a style and character in your words that keeps me coming back for the daily dose of Abby. Where else would have learned about things like Mousetown and a different use of a bike fork as a TP holder. Good meme, I am just not as diligent as you are about keeping up with them.