Looking forward

A very happy new year to you! I am still on something of a writing holiday while I settle back into an everyday routine and get ready to tackle the start of a new year. I feel like I’m standing on the edge of 2013, my toes curled over the edge, about to free fall into the coming months.

I’m looking forward to what this next year will bring when it comes to my writing. I’m deep into draft #2 of one project and still working on draft #1 of my NaNoWriMo story. I have lots of plans for this year, and a renewed commitment to do everything I can to bring my writing goals to fruition.

On a smaller scale, though, I’m a little puzzled about the direction this blog should head. It desperately needs a makeover, and I’m planning to give it an overhaul in early 2013. But I’m still brainstorming content. I want to document my writing adventures, of course. But I know reading “Started new draft today…yay, inspiration!…Argh, writing is frustrating!….Yay, finished draft!” over and over again can get rather dull, so I’d also like to include other types of posts as well. Would you like to read about some of my non-writing adventures, as well? Inspiration posts? Book reviews? Excerpts from what I’ve been working on? I’d love your feedback on the types of posts you’d like to see here. And if you’ve got big goals for 2013 (writing-related or otherwise), I would love to hear them. Please share!

Categorised as: celebration, reflection, writing


  1. I’ve been mulling over the same question and I’ve come to the conclusion that your blog should really be what YOU want it to be. There are so many blogs out there – people will find/gravitate to blogs they are interested in, read them for a while, and stay on or probably eventually move on to something else because we are all so fickle. Your blog should serve you…whatever that means. If it serves you well, then it will resonate with the people who will be served by reading it.

    I look forward to reading whatever you write!

  2. I agree with your Mom (at least I think it’s your Mom!). However, that said… I like your suggestions for posts. On your other blog I enjoyed the variety of posts you did. Also, since you are one of my few goodreads “friends” I would love book reviews!

  3. Heather says:


    First, I am so excited to follow along on this new adventure and I know you will produce great things.

    Second, I can’t offer much on blog direction as mine is devoted to my unique circumstances. But what I do know is that the stories about me and my daily experiences are what (I think) attracts readers. And that was true before I came to Africa. Write what you know. Write what you see. Maybe even write what you feel.

    Also, I’ve always enjoyed your food posts and your ability to make me yearn for delicious comfort.

    Good luck and I can’t wait to read more!

  4. Han says:

    Bring on the writing!!!

  5. You know, as a professor, I need to write, too. It is really a difficult thing for me. I don’t enjoy getting started. Once I’m writing, it’s okay, and when I am done, I love having done it. Maybe you can write about some of your muses, how you get started, what your hurdles are, etc. Motivate me to write more! LOL.

  6. Kate Carpenter Kate says:

    Thanks, everyone, for checking out the new blog and for your feedback! I’m sure figuring out what should go in this space will be an evolving process, and I’d love your comments along the way. I’m so glad to have you all here!

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