Shifting Responsibility, but Nicely

writing in the journal
writing in the journal (Photo credit: redcargurl)

Over the weekend, I had an epiphany.

If I’m going to write anything longer than a blog post–such as a novel–I have to do three things:

  1. Sleep–before midnight as well as after
  2. Eat–no refined carbohydrates, no grains, no sweeteners, no processed foods, no added salt…
  3. Exercise–as in MOVE. I didn’t buy that stationary bike just so Ernest would have a new chew toy.

And since it’s already 11:23 p.m., and I set a goal of an 11:30 p.m. computer shutdown, I don’t have time to write about the Stories from the Heart 2012 conference I attended over the weekend.

However, several other bloggers have written about it:

Linda Hoye at A Slice of Life Writing. Linda has just received the printed copy of her memoir, Two Hearts.

Pat Bean at Pat Bean’s Blog. A retired journalist, Pat spends several months out of the year on the road in her RV, blogging as she goes.

Amber Lea Starfire at Writing Through Life. Amber is a writer and teacher who focuses on telling lifestories through journaling, memoir, and art.

I hope you’ll check out what they have to say.

I would tell you more–both the blogs and the bloggers are much more interesting than my vanilla descriptions imply–but I’ve already run several minutes over my deadline, and I still have to add links.

After that, I head upstairs to work on Goal #1.


Image by redcargurl via Flickr.

To All My Non-Blogger Blogger Friends: The Solution

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. ~ Albert Einstein (maybe)

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Regarding the whingeing still audible from the previous post, silverneurotic has come through with a solution:

“Blogger will not let you comment IF you log in with your wordpress account…however, if there is an option to comment using the name/url option…your comment WILL go through that way. If the blog doesn’t allow that, you can always comment using your google id.”

I tried logging in with my name and URL. It worked.

Thank you, silverneurotic, for clearing up this knotty problem.

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The one question remaining is why I kept trying to log in with my WordPress account—aka beating my head against the wall—when the other possibilities were staring me in the face.

Never let it be said I lack perseverance.


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Once more regarding the whingeing: I meant no disrespect to Blogger, just to whatever glitch has turned it against WordPress.

A couple of years ago, impressed with the Blogger templates I was seeing online, I set up my own account there. It didn’t take me long to discover that those attractive sites were attractive because their respective bloggers had made all the right choices when setting up their sites: blue here, red there, green along the border, ivory background…

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It was like having a No. 64 box of Crayolas and no idea where to start. The pressure was too much. I scuttled back to WordPress.

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Once in a while I drop in on Blogger, but just to play with the crayons.

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To All My Blogger Friends

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Robert Plutchik's Wheel of Emotions--Image via Wikipedia--Note: DISGUST is in pink, right between BOREDOM and LOATHING

Dear Blogger Bloggers,

For the past several weeks I have tried repeatedly to comment on your posts, but Blogger has repeatedly refused to accept my comments. Word verification is the hang-up: the letters I type never match the letters I’m told to type, no matter how many times I type them. And proof them.

I’m finished with waiting for the problem to fix itself. I’ll report it to Blogger. In the meantime, I’m sending harmonious vibrations your way.

Disgustedly* yours,


*With Blogger, not with you.

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