Baby Steps

As I sit here, wondering about what to write next, I find myself face-palming. This is my first post since the launch. *ultra cringe 10 times over* I’ve had Of Bleeding Pens and Pages for almost a month now and I’m already proving to be a procrastinator with it. How typical of me!

Well, that’s what I’m going to talk about today. Now, I know what you may be thinking. “Zac is going to talk about procrastination?”

Ha. Nope.

Well…kind of. In a way. Not really. Oh, good grief, you’ll see what I mean!

So as I mentioned, Of Bleeding Pens and Pages is almost a month old now. (WHERE DID MY BABY GO?) And, as I also mentioned, I’ve been procrastinating with it.

Why? Because, honestly, it scares me. A lot.

Not the blog itself, really. (Although…if technology ever takes over the world, the blog might come to life and hunt me down in anger because of my resentment. Don’t look at me like that, IT COULD HAPPEN. YOU NEVER KNOW.) More of the responsibility of it. Its image. And my faithfulness to it. This blog relies completely on me. It’s not going to take care of itself and thrive alone. I’m the one who has to spread the word, to earn its following, to share it with the world.

That is what scares me.

Being the procrastinator I am, if I don’t keep up with Of Bleeding Pens and Pages…it’s going to fall, flat on its virtual face. And it won’t be able to pick itself back up. It will be crippled. Abandoned. Invisible.

See, something I’ve already learned from my time in the blogging world is this: a blog is like a child. It has to be nourished, fed, checked on regularly. It needs attention, love, commitment. Without all those things, it will suffer. Scream into blackness. It will be alone. And eventually, it will fade. Sure, it will still be there, available to find…but it will be painful, heartbreaking to look upon. Because, yes. It’s dead.

That’s not what I want for this blog. I am as a parent to it; I must take care of it, through thick and thin. It completely relies on me.

But.

I can’t push it. It’s just a baby. It can’t have all the attention and hundreds-maybe one day thousands!-of followers. Not yet. It’s not ready for that. It-I-will not know how to handle it. It’s not ready to fully extend its wings and fly and sing into the world of blogging.

And I’m okay with that.

Baby steps are necessary, in everything you do. You can’t rush into something, expecting to know everything and be fully experienced immediately. You have to learn. There are so many things that you did not know when you signed up for it. Some are good, some not. It’s almost always unexpected.

But you learn. You become more well-grounded in it. That’s how you grow. That’s how anything grows.

And that’s how Of Bleeding Pens and Pages will go. We-I, it-will start out small. Taking baby steps. We will learn along the way. We will grow. Become more mature, more grounded.

And we will thrive. We will see much success, prayerfully.

We will fly. We will sing. We will inspire. Eventually.

For now, I’m just soaking in the moments of watching it grow. And it’s beautiful.

 

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Interview With Zac Tyson of Of Bleeding Pens and Pages

The wonderful Wendy interviewed me over at her amazing blog! Go check it out. 🙂

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I AM INTERVIEWING ZAC TYSON TODAY EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAAASSS!!!!

*ahem* *folds hands primly*

Zac is from the newly established (AND TOTALLY EPIC) Of Bleeding Pens and Pages and has so very, very kindly agreed for me to interview him today. I am obviously very excited, so let’s get down to business, shall we?

1.) Who is the character you have the most fun writing about in your WIP These the Restorers?

 Err, all of them? They’re all my preciouses…that’s like asking me to pick my favorite child (if I had children)!
Fine, I’ll pick.
I’d say Jensen, solely because he’s 11 and kids are the best. Plus he’s whimsical and smart and no-nonsense, yet despite his rough life, still maintains his innocence and spirit of adventure. When he’s first introduced, he’s a pocket thief with a closed heart and lack of trust. He’s been alone most of his life–people have always seemed cruel to…

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Would You Rather Book Tag

Thanks to Rivka Ray over at 26 Countless Possibilities for tagging me! 🙂

 

Would you rather read only trilogies or stand-alones?

Trilogies, definitely! I love a continuing story where characters can be more fleshed out and the plot can grow more high-stakes. And some of my favorite books are in trilogies, so… 😉

 

Would you rather read only male or female authors?

This is a tough one…I read mostly YA, and a lot of YA authors are female, so probably female authors! I do enjoy some male authors’ stories though.

Would you rather shop at Barnes and Noble or Amazon?

Whoa. 😮 This is a tough one. I do a lot of shopping on Amazon, but Barnes and Noble will forever be my favorite store! I mean, c’mon…it smells like books and coffee!

Would you rather have books become TV shows or movies?

Well, seeing how both can butcher a book, I’m tedious on both counts. The Hunger Games and Lord of the Rings movie adaptations, I think, did really well! I haven’t watched very many book-to-TV adaptations, though so…movies?

Would you rather read fives pages a day, or five books a week?

Five books a week, duh. 😛 Who wouldn’t want that????

Would you rather be a professional reviewer or author?

Well, it’s kinda sorta my dream to be a published author, so…there ya go.

Would you rather only read your top 20 favorite books over and over again, or always read new ones you’ve never read before?

Erm…always read new ones! I don’t do much rereading. If I liked it enough, the story will never truly leave me, so I don’t need to reread it anyways. Bits of it are always playing in my mind. 😉

Would you rather be a librarian or bookseller?

Seeing as I love the library, probably librarian! Either way, I get to recommend lovely books all the time.

Would you rather read only your favorite genre(s) or anything but your favorite?

My favorites all the time, duh. 😀 GIMME ALL THE YA FANTASY AND SCI-FI AND I’LL BE GOOD.

Would you rather read only physical books or e-books?

PHYSICAL. I love obsessively stroking/hugging/sniffing my books. *shameless*

 

 

Well, that was fun! Thanks again for the tag! Go check out https://26countlesspossibilities.wordpress.com/; Rebecca and Sierra are awesome! 🙂

I tag: Lena at Read, Write, Laugh, Dance, and Wendy at The Jumping Bean