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Blogging Re-Focus: The Same Gin, Only Stronger.

7th November 2017

Consider this a belated ‘If we were having coffee’ post.  Hi.

First, I would like to thank all of you who recently, and not so recently, clicked the button to read my ramblings.  I appreciate every one of you.  And I didn’t know there were so many, many flooring and sanding companies out there.  So that’s neat.

Life in the frosty north has been ticking along.  My NaNo novel has not.

The highlight of my day yesterday was when Isla asked me to cuddle up in her bed and watch some random person open surprise eggs.

‘Don’t you want to read a book?’

‘Not yet.’

So, she watched.  And I watched her.  I want to remember every bit of her kid-face when she’s 16, or 25, or 40.

Did I mention she got in a fight with a bookcase at school?  So her kid-face has a shiner on it.  We get book-related injuries in this family.

In other news, Campah and Gwamma have moved house.  Isla has tested out their hallway, and decided it’s very cool for running in.  My Dad has a new home office that he seems very proud of.

Last week, in a fit of NaNo, I asked Neil if I could share our spare room, which he uses as an office.  Before we moved in, we said we’d share it, but that hasn’t happened.

I tried to move out of the kitchen and claim a corner of the living room.  After five minutes, my bi-lingual child says, ‘Mumma, yer blockin’ the TV.’  And so, I switched the TV off.  But I took Frank the Laptop back into the kitchen.

In related news, I’ve started playing Design Home.  I have my own space in there.  With a purple couch.  Or a teal couch.  And a desk.  And lamps.  And Wisteria furniture.  Who knew?

As for NaNo, my word-count seems to improve when I write in the WordPress editor.  Thanks, WordPress.  I think it’s because blog posts are easier for me to write these days than other kinds of writing.  While I’m noveling, I am aware. Of every. Word.  When I’m blogging, it just happens.

Speaking of NaNo and blogging.  There’s a guest-post coming up tomorrow from Christine at I’m Sick and So Are You.  Stay tuned for that.

As for me, I’m working on a Work With Me page that outlines what I look for in blogging collaborations.

I’m also planning to ramble a bit on what I call a conversation policy and my tips on building a blogging community.  It’s not new, but it’s from me, and I’ve recently had some groovy folks actually ask me questions and I’m actually going to answer them.

I’d like to have a bit more focus here at Gin & Lemonade going forward.  I know I say that a lot, but it’s actually going to happen.

I’d like to talk and share more about accessible travel, and when it is inaccessible.  There will be words on wheels from my perspective, and I also want to continue to work with other disabled bloggers.

There will also be expatish issues, and parenting stories, and Isla-isms.

And sarcasm and books and coffee.

So, more of the same, just, well, more of it.

I can’t wait.

And I know that I’m going against my own blogging advice, but please let me know if there’s anything in particular who’d like me to ramble on about in future posts!

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  • Reply Carrie Rubin 7th November 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Good luck with NaNo! Hopefully you’ll be able to find a writing space you can call your own.

  • Reply Beth 7th November 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Hi! Looking forward to the posts coming up! And Ollie loves those silly surprise egg videos too. We watch them often. Like all the time. Sigh. LOL

    • Reply Lorna 18th November 2017 at 11:27 am

      I’ve rambled about Design Home. And I’m working on The One With The Fire Alarm.

  • Reply Becca Barracuda 7th November 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Good luck with NaNo! I’m also embarking on the madness, but in a rebellious fashion. Goddamnit, I’m going to finish my WIP this month!

    • Reply Lorna 18th November 2017 at 11:24 am

      Another writer friend has given me a new deadline of February to finish a draft. I’m going with that. May the words be with you (still) <3

  • Reply josypheen 7th November 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Good luck! I can’t wait to read what you come up with and I always like Christine’s posts, so I think I’ll like your guest post too! 😀

  • Reply Judy E Martin 7th November 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Good luck with NANO, and with the blog 🙂

  • Reply MindOverMeta 7th November 2017 at 7:57 pm

    I hope you can corner a space for yourself, preferably with a coffee dispenser nearby?? Good luck with NaNo and the blog 🙂

  • Reply Bookstooge 8th November 2017 at 1:07 am

    I would like to hear stories about the time you fled civilization and started your own mega-rockband.
    I love those stories 😉

  • Reply Helen 10th November 2017 at 4:33 am

    Good luck with finding space! Sounds like you have a lot going on!

  • Reply noellekelly 18th November 2017 at 11:42 am

    Keep going with Nano, there’s still a lot of time left! And I look forward to your new blog posts

    • Reply Lorna 18th November 2017 at 11:50 am

      I’ve kinda changed the road, but I’m still on it. Thanks, Noelle. Must do a night of writing dangerously.

      • Reply noellekelly 18th November 2017 at 11:54 am

        Ooh, sounds like fun! Just enjoy it. And any word count is better than 0

  • Reply LaurenEph 18th November 2017 at 11:55 am

    Looking forward to seeing your posts. Have no idea what egg videos are – is it because I don’t have a child?!

  • Reply Shallow Reflections 18th November 2017 at 11:57 am

    “We get book related injuries in this family.” 😂 I wish you the best in your blogging and novel writing, Lorna. I like that you are eclectic and have not boxed yourself in with any one topic. It suits you and gives you the flexibility you need to express yourself on many topics. Keep on writing! What ever space you land in.

  • Reply Anindya 18th November 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Loved to read your coffee post…..and will be waiting for your new blog posts….all the best..:)

  • Reply Claire Saul (PainPalsBlog) 18th November 2017 at 12:53 pm

    I love the book related injuries!! Keep up the writing Lorna – if it is anything like your blog you will have us laughing out loud! As a fellow wheelie (fairly recent) look forward to more posts on aceess….only last week we managed to knock over displays in 2 separate very tightly packed shops with my wheelchair – I must get a better driver. Hubby is sacked!!

    • Reply Lorna 18th November 2017 at 12:57 pm

      Welcome to the wheelies! (Seriously, did I miss a post, dude?) xox

      • Reply Claire Saul (PainPalsBlog) 19th November 2017 at 10:02 pm

        Thanks, Lorna. Been using it about a year now when I go out – still potter about indoors – but I still think I can do more than I really can, of course!!

  • Reply Shailaja V 18th November 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Oh Lorna, you sweet thing 🙂 I love the peppering of humour and poignant moments in this post 🙂 As for NaNo, soul sister! My latest post talks about Exactly this. Sigh, 12k words and STUCK! Like I am stuck in quicksand. And you’re right about the WP editor. That worked for me too. Who knew??

    I love the idea of a work with me page. It definitely helps!

    Enjoyed the coffee chat (although I don’t drink coffe myself) 🙂

  • Reply fancypaperblog 18th November 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Your life with your little girl sounds very like mine with my girls. Similar conversations and thoughts I stare at those faces all day long, memorizing them xx

  • Reply You Can Always Start Now 18th November 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Doing NaNo myself. Have been lucky enough to attend a write-in and plan on attending another one tomorrow. Helps as everyone there writing. Just keep at it you get to set the deadline and life is for living i.e. cuddles so no worries.

  • Reply angelanoelauthor 18th November 2017 at 2:38 pm

    I enjoy your rambles on books. My favorites are the way you describe everyday happenings. Like your wedding (which doesn’t happen every day obviously, but you know what I mean.) You never oversell the experience, just giving enough detail with the slightest tint or tang that gives the reader a true impression of both the good and the challenge of any particular moment in a well-lived life. So, whatever your ramble, I’ll read.

  • Reply Jennifer 18th November 2017 at 3:35 pm

    I loved the line “…in a fit of NaNo…” Is it a condition now. Instead of fits of road rage, we now have fits of NaNo, but only in November.

  • Reply notebooksandglasses 18th November 2017 at 3:52 pm

    I love this blog post. And I’d be interested in working with you/ guest blogging together in the future. I’m a new chronic pain blogger and very keen to learn from others.

  • Reply Janice Wald 18th November 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Hi Lorna,
    You were traveling last week and you took the time to wish me a Happy Blogversary and write the most beautiful compliments at my blog party?! I am so touched. You are a beautiful person and you deserve your success.

  • Reply Janice Wald 18th November 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Hi again,
    I just reread your post and I seem to have misunderstood the part about traveling! Oh well! I really did appreciate your beautiful comments at my party last week and I still think you’re an amazing person. I can congratulate you on longer posts which you wrote about. I’m off to read your blogging advice backlinks.

  • Reply Suzanne [globalhousesitterX2] 18th November 2017 at 6:04 pm

    You are an excellent storyteller, and your daughter and yourself are in for some exciting dialogue as she grows up, with much rolling of eyes as she ages 🙂

  • Reply Lisa Orchard 18th November 2017 at 6:39 pm

    You’re a great storyteller and I’m looking forward to future posts from you! 🙂

  • Reply Gabe Burkhardt 18th November 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Brava Lorne on your NaNo progress thus far. Only 13 days left. Yay! (and yikes!)

    Regardless of the re-focused direction you choose to follow in the blogging future, I’m sure it will be a hit with all of us. It has thus far

  • Reply gemmaorton 18th November 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Love these coffee chats with you. These glimpses into family life. Isla is one smart sounding kid.
    I have nieces living with me at the moment so can relate. Staring at them is great, taking it all in as time always goes too fast.
    Good luck with claiming space!

  • Reply Thewanderingdarlings 18th November 2017 at 10:35 pm

    ‘We get Book related injuries’ 😂😂😂😂 sounds like you’ve got some awesome things coming up!!! Can’t wait to see them in my inbox to enjoy with a brew. Keep being you awesome lady xx

  • Reply thoughtsfromjasmine 18th November 2017 at 11:59 pm

    I love your tales about Isla, she honestly sounds adorable! Hope she recovers from her gruesome fight with the bookcase 😉
    Jas xx

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