This blog needs a new home – and May goal check!

A walk around Windsor yesterday. One likes to have impressive homes…

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!

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8 thoughts on “This blog needs a new home – and May goal check!

  1. some progress is better than none and at least the progress was writing progress. i don’t know much about the wordpress program, i do know how difficult it can be to choose a name. tough decision. good luck with that and with your goals this week!

    1. Cheers, Valerie! Will have to just go with my gut – I don’t want to spend too much time waiting before I make the change. Probably will just go simple, but I imagine the sooner I do it, the better. Thank you! 🙂

    1. Thanks Heather! 🙂 It was a gorgeous house, to be sure. It is massive on the outside, but inside felt so cramped compared to how it looks on the screen. It was filled with furniture, to be fair, but that’s the magic of the camera I think. Every place I’ve visited that was used in a film almost always seems smaller. The location for the scene between Lizzie and Mr. Darcy where he reveals his feelings for her was beautiful as well. That was another National Trust property – the Temple of Apollo at Stourhead. And suitably, it poured when I visited it 😉

  2. You’ve set lofty goals. Yeah for you. I know how you feel about the name change. I finally settled on my first name and my grandmother’s middle name. When you figure out the website, I may have to question you. I’m on Blogger but like you said, it’s a step up.

    1. Probably a bit too lofty, I’m afraid, but I’ll just know better for next time…maybe! This is one of my issues to work on in all aspects of life–setting high expectations! I’ll definitely post about the blog switch logistics when I’ve got it sorted out. I hemmed and hawed between WordPress and Blogger before I came on here. I only ended up with WP because I used it where I worked at the time so I already had the general feel for it! Blogger has some positives to it that WP doesn’t, I think.

  3. as I always have to tell myself:

    0ne word is PROGRESSION.
    Zero words is STAGNATION.
    And deleting words is REGRESSION.
    (it is my golden rule for 1st drafts)!

    So, even if you don’t make your EXACT writing goal, you’ve already knocked it out of the ball park with writing one word!!

    1. That is something I am going to remember. Especially “Zero words is stagnation.” For some reason, that really says it all to me.

      Thank you so much for sharing!!

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