As the year draws to a close, I find myself facing some harsh realities. Times are tough. Needs must be met. Wants and nice-to-haves face the chopping block. Which puts me in a bit of a quandary. As a writer, I do need a Web presence aside from my Facebook page. But at the same time, the cost of a hosted site is hard to justify right now. Fortunately, there is a workable solution. You’re looking at it.
Much as I like the freedom and control an independent site gives me, there’s little reason to fret over it when WordPress lets users host free blogs. Domain names are cheap enough; I may purchase one to go with this blog to get rid of the “.worpress” URL. Now, if WordPress’ policies change, I may have to revisit this. Hopefully, things will be less tough at the point it ever comes to that.
There are some good reasons to make the change, anyway. I’m kind of rebooting here. My writing has slowed and foundered somewhat over the last couple of years. I’ve started projects and lost my way with them. I may pick them back up at a later point, but for now I’m moving forward in a slightly different direction. I have a new project that is moving slowly, but it’s moving. And for me right now, that’s a big plus.
Writing was a struggle. No matter what I worked on, I had to force the words. I kniow it’s something we all go through, but I couldn’t seem to “power through it.” That ended when I started writing what was going to be a random scene I could save and use elsewhere some time. It was just something vivid that stuck with me after I woke up. I started writing…and kept writing.
Now,as I said, it’s been slow going. It took me a few weeks just to pound out 4,000 words for the first chapter. I’ve only got the vaguest of ideas where “Once Upon an Ever After” is going. But at least it’s going. And I’m not having to fight it. That’s a beginning.