A Shade of Ash
Hello, is it me you’re looking for?
OK, I’m starting to think my last post was a bit of a jinx. It’s been yet another week where Earth to Ash has sat dormant while tumbleweeds blew across my viewership stats with each passing day. I’m a couple of life events back to back now, I must be special. This week, it was Poppy, our new puppy. She got a little ill last week and after a few days went by with no change, it became concerning. With all that going on, there was no way I could concentrate on anything other than getting her back to feeling better. So, with the help of the vet and a complete change in her diet, I’m glad to report that dear little Poppy is back to being the happy, energetic, and loving little monster she’s been since the very day we laid eyes on her. It was heartbreaking to see her sad and miserable from being sick, but as I type these words to you she’s back to her old self which is up to no good. Poppy! Come back here with my sock…
Alright, so let me just say that I’ve had enough of these gut punches. I feel like I’ve had my wack for a while, I’m good trust me. I just want to get back some normalcy in my daily routine with writing being at the very top of the list. The drama of my everyday life can be good and bad for my creativity. Sometimes, I can draw from it, when other times, I flee from it. This time with Poppy on my mind, I full-on retreated. It’s weird, or maybe I am, but the more I thought about writing, the farther ideas would scatter in my brain. Even when I was really trying to focus on producing some content, I would easily get sucked away in my thoughts and lose all motivation. Rinse and repeat until yesterday. Yesterday, with things seemingly starting to return to normal I slowly began to come around. The whole experience was like a form of block I suppose which I’m becoming quite fluent let me tell you. With all that being said, I did manage to salvage one idea which I have toyed around with in the past. It inspired this post and thankfully got me writing again.
Ah, A Shade of Ash, once a name option that made the short-list for this very blog. I remember when I passed on using it, at the time I thought it was too fifty shades, lol. Nah, like all my ideas, I made a point to tuck it away for a rainy day. Figured I would wind up using it as another potential pun to exploit one of my entry titles. This past weekend while I was poking around some drafts I’ve got scattered about in various online clouds, I came across it again. It must be timing because I could use an adrenaline shot of creativity. A couple of posts ago I spoke of dabbling with some new blog ideas and I believe it’s time maybe I give prompts a whirl. They’ve been something I have been wanting to try anyway, so why not? I have a few books with a bunch and one in particular that I like a lot and I am going to use specifically for this exercise of mine. I’m going to take the prompt and use them in a way that tells a little about me, a shade of Ash as it were. If at least, it’s a way to stay active. I was also thinking, being nostalgic and pretty real life posty as it is, this category should fit nicely being essentially just another form of Earth to Ash. Don’t worry, a few posts in and you’ll see my vision. I think this could be fun.
I ask that you please stay tuned and keep your eye out for my first stab at this in the coming days. This could also be a good way for you to potentially get involved too. Some of my closest blogging friends use prompts to engage their audience and execute them quite well. They use prompts in their own unique way which is what I hoping to accomplish with my idea. You know, create a hook that my awesome readers can grab onto and enjoy.
Look at that? I started out mentioning how I’ve been so quiet for the past few days, and now I don’t want to stop. Only, I will, I have to. I got to start brainstorming. Ah…it’s good to be back. Listen, take a sec and share your thoughts in the comments and let me know how you feel about my new venture. Oh, by the way, everything else remains the same with Earth to Ash, this is just something new thrown into the pot. One of these days something should stick, right?