I recently read an article that said more than 95% of blogs fail within their first twelve months. The reasons for failure vary from a lack of readership, to loss of interest on behalf of the author, and everything in between. But regardless of why they fail, the number shocked me. As I mentioned in my previous post, I have been writing for this site for six years. I never envisioned that I would be one of the minority that made it.
I have always tried my hardest to write from the heart, and have told myself since the inception of this site that an author’s dreams are achieved when they move just one reader. But a friend recently brought to my attention that I have a subscriber list just shy of twenty thousand, and I felt that the milestone, coupled with the release of my sophomore novel, and my six year anniversary of blogging was worth acknowledging.
Morning brings in strange thoughts of people in lunatic asylums and in jails. Will reading and writing help them realign their lives on the positive track? It is for a chosen few of course, the educated and creative ones. Others have to pitch in with hard labour and chores in order to burn out the adrenalin rush.
Not reading “Little Women” today. Feels like my audience is lost and there is no one person I am writing this for. Magic is in connection.
The second chapter describes how they celebrate their forlorn Christmas by being kind and gay. Morning starts with sacrificing their grand breakfast for the sake of poor neighbours. Little girls who are behaving like adults even at the beginning of the book; only can wonder how much more would they grow up. Their father at war, their breakfast sacrificed but they still find time to behAve gaily to pull up their mother’s spirits.
Enacting plays with costumes and sets for being their own audience seems like a very unique way of celebrating during festivities. How different from the times we live in. At least, during our times, we huddled around the tv and watched the special programs aired to bring in the festive activities of celebrities thus bringing cheer to our far flung areas. Now with laptops and computers gaining upper hand, even that form of family get togethers is rare and in between. The family fabric is not strained anymore, it is just ignored.
Our times are at a speed we do not even care to comprehend; but these books show us a way out from our rat race machines, to get out of our mechanized lives and show Grace in our living, beginning with our families. So long, till I read my next chapter
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I’ am a Nature worshipper, a Nature loving and Nature fearing person. I acknowledge its power and humbly appreciate its benevolence. For me, as a believer, Sun is God and all other elements of nature are ruled by its light and warmth.To spread this truth one only needs to understand that we cannot meet eye to eye with the Sun. It is the provider of life in this ecosystem that inhabits planet earth. I am ready to be a New Age Guru to help people connect with Nature and turn around this destructive lifecycle train that is leading us and our future gen into certain doom.- The Sun shows the way of balance and warmth for sustenanance and sustainability.
I am the new woomaan in town. Oui it is a francophone country and it is difficult to navigate but I am hopeful.
I wish to use this site as a workshop to create something in the physical world. My previous stint has taught me that blogging works best when you combine it with your real and immediate world in some manner to align your needs with your imagination. Unpurposeful blogging or catharsis is looked at as just another form of chickening out of responsibilities.
To begin my workshop I’d want to jot down observations and insights that I gained out of reading one chapter of “Little women”. Reading it online and gaining insight therefrom is considered a painful process when compared to doing the same with reading from a real paperback.
Little women begins with introducing the main characters as envisaged by the title of the book (we are not sure yet if thefocus will remain on all the four women or if it will steadfastly follow one young girl’s journey while others tag along). From the manner in which the author has shifted gears and changed focus from one character to another, from one persona to a different one, gives the impression that it is indeed going to be about all of them, as the title does suggest.
Therefore , we might as well pay attention to what each one says. Creating a scene where each character introduces herself by participating in a group conversation is very helpful in bringing out the persona of each character.The dialogues moving across the space of a living room knits a certain fabric for the family to project them as one unit. At the same time it marks out their individuality despite the inseperable and underlying family bond. Such a concept of family would seem indecipherable for young minds reading it today, they who are brought up in nuclear families with no idea of how big families behaved as a cohesive unit in what is imaginably so comfortable and grounded in reality as projected by the author.
That is what we must take away as a ‘cultureconnect‘ when reading this book. It might seem strange for a little girl of 15 today, to imagine getting by with three other girls in the same confines of a family when she is actually fighting for personal space and recognition in the present big bad world outside and ironically finding that it is crowding her mind and invading her privacy. The world is one big family concept is scary to present generation whereas the large families of olden times were wrapped in comfort blankets of belonging in a crowded house which felt more like home.
There seems to be a story that refuses to come out in the open. It is perhaps a boring story with a çlinical character who doesn’t know what love is. A love story is far easier to write. Stories of success, stories of star crossed lovers, stories of complicated courage in certain professional field, stories of family kingdoms at war were written far more easily. Renaissance, the second one, is over and so, art rests on its haunches after a dignified defeat.