Changes

Change is a part of life.

Isn’t that true? And that becomes even more true when we think about our ways of socializing, sharing our work and communicating with others. We change, our ways change and that brings a change in the product that we produce.

That is what has happened with this blog. If you think you have come to some unknown space where you don’t know the person behind the words, I’d make it clear that it is I, Anmol, your HA, and I have transformed this significant component of my life as I begin to take new steps in this world. My journey began as HowAnxious and that would always be attached with me and that is why, the blog address remains the same. But now I am welcoming you to enter a new area which is my place: HA’s place, for sharing, communicating, writing, thinking out loud and just plain musing.

I am enthusiastic about it because there are going to be many changes that I’d like to experience with you, as I try out new things and add some spark to the old ones to bring out a rejuvenated effort on my part and your support that being the only thing which would help me course through it.

Some new changes for your consideration:

  • A New Introductory Page: This is Me! (The name stays the same but it is too different to make you remember of the past page).
  • A New Category: Where I felt the Love, in which I have included some of your favorite posts by me, where I was sincerely touched by your feedback and your wondrous words.
  • A New Theme With A New Look, so as to make the blogging environment more reader friendly and including such aspects which would strengthen our bond.
  • A Random Post Generator Button, which you will find on the left hand side of the page, so that with a click, you can reach a randomly generated post from the past and help me revive the magic of days gone by to add into the colors of today.

There are certain more changes to come, which will appear in due time. Your feedback is much appreciated. Do tell me, what do you think of the transformation? Or just say hello to me. I have a new policy of replying to almost all the comments that I receive and I am going to adhere to that seriously.

Thank You.

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World of WP by Ramblings From A Mum

We have another wonderful poet today, sharing words with us. She is a writer, who incorporates one’s feelings during various situations in life in a really tender manner. You want to savor her words and listen to their music as they flow down the course of the poem smoothly. Some of you must know her by the name of her blog- Ramblings From A Mum. Today, she shares with us her experiences of blogging and what she thinks about the writers from all around the world connecting with each other through the wordpress domain.

Howanxious or HA as I refer to him wrote a post on the 30th September, 2013 and in this post he mentioned that he shares Guest Blogs on his site, well one thing led to another and I ‘volunteered’ to write.

So it’s a good morning…afternoon…evening to everyone, wherever you may be. I am ramblingsfromamum from the Land Down Under.

I have read many a guest blog since commencing with WP over a year ago and have often wondered, if asked or in this case put myself up for the challenge, what in fact I would write about.  So I will do what I sometimes do when writing my poetry and let my SOC (stream of consciousness) take over & see where we end up.

If any of you have read what I write, you may know that I am diverse and somewhat prolific. The subject matter is not confrontational, political, or that life is a bed of roses and we should all be hugging trees and each other for that matter.  What I have learned since blogging is that every single one of us is so unique in our posts.

We should never judge another writers style, rather we should be respectful of each others work.

I thankfully have not born the disgruntled reader of my work (as yet) in fact I am delighted to say that I have had nothing but a ‘pat on the back’, support and admiration from my readers & this as we know makes our ‘addiction’  even more worthwhile.

I commenced writing ‘mum’ articles  hence my site name.  This then progressed to dabbling in poetry, then about my family, my weekends. In fact anything that pops into my head, when I sit in my study in Melbourne Australia, this is what I write about.

Gradually I found myself writing more poetry, dabbling into forms such as Haiku and Sonnets and Nonets …what some of you may ask? Google is a wonderful tool, you certainly don’t need me to tell you what they are, if you don’t already know. I found myself however being drawn further into the poetic pool as it were, wanting to see how I could write, was it worthy, was it acceptable.  I write as most poets do, from raw gut emotion, from the heart, from the soul. My site now probably consists of 80% poetry and the rest,  well simply day to day ramblings from a mum. If people follow and enjoy what I do, I am a happy camper as they say, but I’m still in the pool and I am swimming in circles until I climb that diving board and perform a triple backward, with a half turn pike twist (whatever that means).

Being an Australian, I am down to earth, I hide nothing, nor do I pretend to be someone I am not. I do not lie, cause trouble for other bloggers, or stir the pot.  I believe in blogging etiquette, I am a firm believer however that if you are following someone, that you should be respectful in commenting on what they write. The writer has poured their heart and soul into what ever context and this should be acknowledged. I will say that I do not read every single post that comes out, I used too but I found myself burning out and stressing because I simply could not keep up.  So I try to read as much as I physically and mentally can manage.

Out of the followers that I have, there are my ‘regulars’ who comment, these are folk who have been reading ‘me’ since my sites inception, others hit that like button within 5 seconds of posting an article (I think we all have witnessed that happening) others never visit, which makes me wonder why they do follow?

Does anyone have answers, as I am sure there is many a ‘blogger’ (I do hate that word) out there that asks the same question.

Why did we come onto a blog site? I ask myself many times. Being human, that pat on the back or recognition for what we do in life is always appreciated.

Could we not sit at home and write in a journal all that we do on WP?  Yes indeed we could, but we all like to have some praise in/for whatever we undertake, writing on a public Forum such as WP grants us that. The other reason is that it opens many doors for all of us to meet others who have the same likes as we do ( & no nothing to do with that button).  I have met fellow poets and brilliant ones at that. I have met writers, photographers, all have a life story, all have something they wish to share with the world.

If we were to write in journals alone in the privacy of our room, who would we meet, how would we learn what others are doing? How we would establish friendships with people that have the same interests.  This avenue is a remarkable way of meeting similar others, learning new skills and becoming part of a community.

It can be obsessive, it can be time consuming, especially if you wish to follow many, it can be your life at times, the cooking can wait, the laundry doesn’t need washing, the list of our everyday can be put on the back burner as we delve with our muses into the writing or blogging realm.

In saying that – this is what we love isn’t it?  We are givers  of the world to share sometimes even parts of our lives which would be considered boring or mundane.

So I shall close now, stay true to who you are with your blogs, challenge yourselves. If you write short fiction write poetry, if you don’t enter prompts or challenges try them. Share your lives or interests as much or as little as you wish, but remember to connect with those that follow you and who you follow – after all we must play nice 🙂

The world of writers & people from all over the globe with like interests is only a name & a password away.

Thank you HA for the opportunity of being your guest, thank you for your marvelous poetry that I read (most of the time) may all of us continue along this wonderful path of opening our minds to others, learning and sharing, supporting and encouraging!

I thank you for sharing your words with us. It was so good to read your viewpoints. And I do agree with everything you have discussed with us today.

She has such a lively personality. Don’t you think so? She has a wonderful poetic voice. Do go and visit her website;  you are definitely going to be impressed.

If you want to share your words on this site, just write to me at hamusesanewtune@gmail.com. If not, I would anyway love to hear from you. Come on, say hi to me and introduce yourself on my facebook page.

News!

The book review of The Firm by John Grisham is up at HA Reads Books. You can read it here.

Also, those interested in writing haiku or any other Japanese short poetry form are invited to participate in a daily writing prompt for the month of October on my haiku writing site, A Haiku A Day. A word prompt will be posted everyday, along with a linking widget.

And another thing I wanted to discuss here today is that I started a category of guest blogs a little while back. It has been used only once though. If you are interested in writing a guest blog on this site, please do inform me of it in the comments section or you can write an e-mail to me at hamusesanewtune@gmail.com. I am looking forward to have you share words on this site.

And there is yet another thing. The Right2Write Prompts have temporarily been stopped. I am no longer going to post them for a while.

That is all for now. If you have any queries, please do ask me.

Right2Write Prompt 5: Broken Red

Hullo,

Time for next Right2Write Prompt; but first I am glad  because all the submissions are excellent. You can view them here. Thanks everyone for a great job.

Okay, for this week’s prompt, I asked for permission from another blogger who is a photographer, so that I could use one of the photographs for the visual prompt. I would be delighted to introduce you all to the immense talent of that blogger.

This week, I present to you the photograph titled Broken Red, by Amber Africa.

Isn’t it intriguing? I found it so. Do not forget to pay a visit to the blog and I know you are definitely going to be impressed.

The general guidelines for the prompt this week:-

1. Write a short story or a poem, based on the photograph. You can include it in your blog post but please do link it back to Amber Africa.

2. It isn’t necessary for you to use the title of the photograph in your creation, but do include it along with the photograph when you add it.

3. Invite your friends and fellow bloggers to participate.

4. I request you to visit the other bloggers who have entered their links. That is a way of getting to know about each other’s style and it is also a good way to make new blogging connections.

So, write down something… anything and add your link to the linking widget below.

Happy Writing!

2nd Blog Anniversary

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Last night, I got a message from WordPress, informing me that it has been two years that I registered on WordPress. Wow! That is such a brilliant feeling. I remember that first night faintly; I know I wrote up my first post that day which was quite absurd, which many of my posts still are. And I updated my introduction page that day and it is the same as what you see as the first paragraph in my ‘This is me’ page. I haven’t changed it but updated it twice, depending on the situations prevailing in my life.

But I am so happy to be a part of WordPress community. These two years have just flown away like that. Sometimes it feels as if I started just yesterday, while at other times it is as if I have been blogging since forever.

The truth is this blogging domain saw the major change in my life as I lost my path and went downhill. It had seen those days when I tried to make a decision of the path I want to step on, once I had lost my original one. I have shared such posts on this blog, which you would not want to read… which I would not want to read ever again. I don’t want myself to lead to that situation again.

This blog has seen me through the times when I was estranged from life to the time when I accepted its presence and it all went bad for me… this blog has seen me through my battles and struggles against an evil, which still comes forth to dominate me from time to time… but this blog has also seen me take my writing seriously, spreading my words all around and be the person who I am today. May be I do not accept myself.. I do not like what is going on with me… but the WordPress community has always supported me.

I have had so many bloggers who had come in my life through this domain and leave it as well. I miss them for their support but I know that is wrong on my part. They did all what they could do for me. I am thankful to all of them.

Now before you get tired of my sentiments, I must say I adore you all. You all are special to me. And I hope I have been or I will be able to make my presence felt.. even a little bit of it, in your hearts.

One Lovely Blog Award

Hello,

I have been nominated for “One Lovely Blog Award” by Portia who is a beautiful person and a wonderful blogger. It seems we have something in relation- I was her first real reader and hers was the first blog I started following on wordpress. It is cool, isn’t it?

Well, what are you waiting for? Go and visit her blog this very second and don’t forget to follow her. Right?

Well, the rules for this particular award are-

1. Give credit to the awesome person who nominated you.

2. Describe 7 things about yourself.

3. Nominate 15 other bloggers.

Here are the 7 things about me-

1. I’m more of a loner but still I feel lonely a lot many times.

2. I myself think that there is something wrong with my mind.

3. I have recently realized that I feel better when I’m sad than when I’m happy.

4. I really don’t know how to start a small talk with anyone.

5. I am a socially awkward person.

6. I have kept all my childhood toys in a safe closet away from the sight of my parents.

7. I’m quite a hopeless person because I get bored very easily and I even retreat my steps back all of a sudden when I’m on a path of doing something.

Since, I am not actively following many bloggers nowadays because of a little upheaval in my personal life. Here are the bloggers I would like to nominate for this very award-

1. http://worldlywinds.com/ but unfortunately, she is no longer accepting any awards.

2. http://emilyjanuary.wordpress.com/

3. http://timzauto.wordpress.com/

Writing just for the sake of Writing

Writing just for the sake of writing… is it wrong?

Well I’m in a writing dilemma today. I was irritated throughout the day that I have got various unfinished manuscripts lying like some junk docs in my laptop. It truly hurts- what began as a tremendous idea in your eyes becoming some useless junk. Whenever an idea for a book- fic/non-fic strikes my mind, I just can’t think about anything else and start thinking about it throughout- how the story will go on reaching to its final conclusion.

Well, that is how it was when I started writing for the sake of writing a novel(the topic was related with teenage… eh! weird! boring!?)- I was on with a very good start. I had divided my chapters into various different parts of the story. I was new into such a thing- hence, I was very much trying to make it controversial(lol). The story was pacing ahead nicely but all of a sudden, I stopped writing completely and now, today that story is lying futile and I’m angry.

Then, when another idea struck me- I just started writing without visualising the whole story at once. I was of perception that as I move ahead, the story would come to me. Hence, I kept on writing believing that the story will go on with new random thoughts seeping into my mind throughout the time when I was writing. But unfortunately I was proven wrong. Another story- junk in my pen drive(not laptop.. should I be happy?) I think that time too, I was writing just for the sake of writing, that is why, it didn’t come out to be brilliant- well, how could it be brilliant when I never cared to write it complete. The idea was superb but it was becoming quite cheesy. It doesn’t matter now anyhow.

Whoop, again the same thing happened- this time I was trying my hand on writing about a story of a spiritual path of a young man when he gets weird dreams every night related with some religion or the other. It was indeed based on deliberately understanding every major religion. The idea flopped and this time because of my sheer stupidity… Don’t ask me! But the final reason was- I was writing just for the sake of writing.

Another time, I start writing- I wrote half a page- done with it. Today, I start to write- three ideas- two lines each- done with them. Again because of my habit of writing just for the sake of writing.

Why is this happening to me? I take a lot of stress while I plan on writing something formal… more sophisticated and hence, I begin to write even when I’m not ready, why, just because of the sake of writing, because I love writing(well love for writing doesn’t mean I have to write all the time or I must take stress while writing).

Well dear writers out there, enlighten me on what should I do? And please do share your experiences if you have ever come across a situation such as mine!