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On Writing Downhill

One especially helpful term that I’ve heard for creative writing is to “park your writing downhill”: never leave your writing at the end of a scene because it’ll be harder to start up from a dead stop. Instead, write a few lines into the next scene to give yourself somewhere to start. In the way that parking your car pointed downhill is easier than pointing uphill, giving yourself somewhere to start makes getting going easier.

And yet in blogging, I’ve always tasked myself with sitting down to write from a deadstart. Each time I went to write, I started in a blank document, the essay that seemed so clever in my mind needing to translate in its entirety to a finished project in one go. No wonder finding the time and energy to blog became more limited over the years.

What’s odd is that I rarely write like that in other contexts. While I do enjoy the phase of fiction and academic writing that is noodling on a topic until it becomes a meditative focus of my shower thoughts, both of those types of writing still usually involve at least simple outlines and multiple sessions. Both include future rounds of editing, time permitting.

And yet, for some reason, blogging had become a practice that required completing each essay all in one go, like popping a whole uncut roll of sushi in my mouth. A pleasant thing made unpleasant by form.

The good news is that, having recognized the mindset, this is an easy adjustment. I simply need to start drafts on topics as I think of them. So, I set out this morning to do this and, more than the content of this post, having started some of those draft documents is what was the most meaningful accomplishment of my morning. And with that simple Google Drive folder, I now look forward to moments of quick notes and outlines as well as writing that starts pointing downhill.

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Another Day, Another Update

After a bit more work, the blog page is switched over to the version with a ProcessWire backend. It's been an interesting challenge to hook the pieces up, and has included learning some common CSS tricks that aren't difficult but that I've just never motivated myself to learn. For example, styling an unordered list to create a navigation menu, code that was included in the page numbering for ProcessBlog. Always nice to learn something "new".

I still have a few things to do to finish the transition:

  • Finish updating the image links to the updated URL
  • Limit the image width on posts so they don't extend off the screen
  • Update category and tag descriptions labels so they are readable
  • Update the RSS feed to include images
  • Update the link to the RSS feed link used by the icon in the navigation for the site
  • ...
  • Profit

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Site Update: RSS Feed

Also, I'm in the process of updating features of the site to use options like a new RSS feed that draws on ProcessWire to generate. I'll update the public link and what feeds into Micro.Blog once I've finished testing.

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Site Update: Is this thing on?

Over the last week, I've been doing significant updates under the hood of the site. Ideally, the page looks very similar to how it looked before, but it's now connected to ProcessWire on the back to make it easier to update.

One visible update is the complete overhaul of the Design page to include examples of marketing materials that I've created. Check it out for all your beautiful international photo and bespoke stuffed bison needs.

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✍ 2022-09-25

After about a year of the same design, it was time for a quick fall refresh. I also updated a few pages to correct links that had decayed, added a quick copy of this new design to the web design page, and refreshed the side banner.

sproutlight design 14

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