Hello! This is just a quick post to say… I MADE IT! I’ve made the jump to hosting my own website, and while there is a long way to go to get it organised and pretty, it’s here. I spent most of my weekend migrating from one laptop to another, and I always get antsy when moving my files around, even when I have backups of backups! So when that finished, it left very little time to sort the new blog home out…or write! So I’ve got a lot of work to make up this week.
And if anyone out there has knowledge about the best way to backup a WordPress.org site (hosted on Dreamhost), please feel free to get in touch 😉 I’ve backed it up once now, but as I just pointed out, I can get pretty anal retentive about this stuff. I also need to figure out things like how to make sure people who were signed up to receive my blog via email will get switched over to this one, etc. But I’m working on it! 🙂
So, the first week of May is at an end. Let’s see where I’m at with my May Goals, shall we?
1) Rework few small sections of 1st novel based on recent feedback. Not touched yet…
2) WIP: finish 2nd draft of first 7 chapters. Reworked first 3 chapters so far.
3) WIP: finish outline. Not touched yet….
4) WIP: write 3 more chapters. Again…
Sigh. So, not doing so well. But try, try again. I’m finally beginning to learn that in life, you just can’t let misshaps, hurdles, and unforeseen events (bad or good) stop you from getting up and carrying on. And some of the good was an impromptu late-deal on a posh hotel in Windsor, so my other half and I embarked on a mini-adventure into the home counties 🙂 We drove out to Basildon Park, a National Trust property (since we are card-carrying members and all!) which I didn’t realise until we’d toured the entire building that it was the setting for Mr. Bingley’s home in Joe Wright’s Pride & Prejudice! It’s one of my all-time favourite films, and when I realised it was the location for the amazing long take shot of Bingley’s party, I had to, of course, traipse through one more time.
We had a fantastic little trip, did loads of walking and relaxed in the hotel. It is the Early May Bank Holiday weekend, after all! And it was great to get away before the wedding and put some things into perspective. Why is that easier to do away from home?
But that means a lot more work to do this week. I can do it! Check back in a week’s time and fingers crossed, I will have ticked off a few of those numbers.
On to topic #2 today. A new home for my blog. It hasn’t been around that long, but I want to make it a bit more professional, plus I just don’t like this font and while I love the theme, I think it’s a bit dark on the top of the page (it lightens up as you scroll down, which I adore). I need to buy my own domain name finally (or again, I should say), and find a host, and upgrade to WordPress’s web software rather than using the web-based blog. I haven’t read up enough on it. Anyone out there using it? I feel like I’d be graduating from the kiddie table at Thanksgiving on up to the proper table, with real china and actual silverware.
The only quandary with this revolves around what domain name to choose. While I have a plan (I say “plan” but I mean, if and when my first novel finds an agent and a publisher) to use a pseudonym for Novel #1, I would like to be known by my married name for the other genre stuff I write and plan to write (I know this sounds a bit lofty, but it doesn’t hurt to think ahead. WAY ahead ;). And since I’ll be using it from late May onward, I’d like to switch my blog over. I’ll be switching my email address(es) over as well. But I’m not sure if this will cause any confusion. Not that I have a load of followers! 😉 But I definitely don’t want to confuse anyone who does check my blog/Twitter. I don’t imagine this will be a huge issue, but I think it is one in my head if only because the idea of changing one’s last name is daunting.
I’ve been so excited about our upcoming wedding, and having met the right man 5 years ago, but when it comes right down to it, saying goodbye to your last name is a somewhat melancholy affair. I’m still Cheyenne Lucille Hill, and always will be. And it’s my choice to take on a new name. No one’s forcing me. I’m quite happy to become Cheyenne Lucille Campbell. But I’m still a Hill family member, and the history that goes with my Native American side of the family and roots is something I’m proud of and want to still “feel” connected to. A name is just a name, and not an identity. And I’m definitely not complaining. It’s just an interesting transition time, causing some unexpected feelings.
Okay, here’s to a fantastic week of #Writemotivation and good vibes! Best wishes, everyone!