Over a month ago (d’oh!), one of my greatest career role models invited me to take part in a Writing Process Blog Hop and I was thrilled to agree. I’m just now getting around to it. If procrastinating a piece for 37 days doesn’t make me a true writer, I don’t know what does.
But! – better late than never, no? I said I would participate, and participate I shall.
First, let’s talk about Ms. Chrissie Moore, who tagged me in the hop. When I was fresh out of Northeastern University, I followed my then-boyfriend down to Atlanta and applied for a job as a web writer for CartoonNetwork.com. Chrissie was the associate creative director at the time, and she took a chance and hired me – even though I was clearly feigning my interest in anime. Over the next 10 months, I watched and learned as Chrissie led a team of writers and deftly navigated corporate politics while continuing to hone and express her many creative talents. Chrissie is a Writer with a capital W. Her blog is sharp, funny and poignant, and I’m selfishly grateful that she writes it because it’s given me the opportunity to continue to learn from her, even after leaving her team.
One more quality that I admire in Chrissie: she’s brave. When her senior director gig at Cartoon Network stopped stimulating her creatively, she left. She just left! I was in awe of her courage. I still am.
Before I wrap up the love-fest and move onto the writing process portion of the hop, here’s Chrissie’s headshot and bio – real official-like.
Hey! I’m a freelance writer and digital content strategist based in Atlanta. I previously worked for a bunch of years in a bunch of roles at Cartoon Network, helping build digital experiences for brands including The Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, Chowder, Adventure Time and Regular Show.
I’m originally from a suburb of Chicago and graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. I’ve performed improv and stand-up comedy in Atlanta, and in addition to my TV Kitchen blog, I also write about television and comedy for Paste Magazine. In my spare time, I love cooking, baking, checking out Atlanta restaurants, spending time with my husband and preparing for the arrival of our first baby later this year! (Uh-oh, I sense another blog coming on…)
(A note from me: You should also read Chrissie’s non-TV, more personal blog. It’s fantastic.)
Now, here’s the part where I answer a few questions.
1) What am I working on/writing?
On a typical day, outside of my day job, I’m working on this blog. Currently, I have a few half-written posts in my head – one about houseplants, another about our guest bathroom, and one more about our front porch. They don’t sound very interesting in the abstract, do they? I’ll figure it out, though.
I’ve also been having a lot of fun experimenting with a different format and writing some community posts for BuzzFeed. This one about how to rewire a vintage lamp will probably find its way back to Glitter and Goat Cheese in some form. I particularly enjoyed writing 22 Ways to Pretend You’re an Artist and PornBurger Is Still Happening And It Continues To Look Amazing. I’m proudest of the burger porn. Clearly.
2) How does my work/writing differ from others of its genre?
Well, for one thing, I’m a DIY blogger who has no natural talent for DIY. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m impatient, I’m clumsy, I have chronically shaky hands, and I’m not exactly what you’d call artistic. I have the worst possible temperament for DIY, but I just love it, gosh darn it. I like to think that makes me accessible.
I also hope that my voice is unique. I’m self-deprecating and sarcastic but also JUST SO EXCITED ABOUT EVERYTHING.
3) Why do I write what I do?
This is an easy one. Nothing makes me giddier than writing about things I love. It’s the best feeling in the world.
4) How does my writing process work?
Every minute of every day, I’m narrating my own life in my head as if it were a novel. When I was a kid, I thought everyone did this, but eventually I realized it was because I was a writer. I started putting the interesting chapters into my diary. Now, I put them in my blog. When inspiration strikes, I take advantage, and when it doesn’t, Glitter and Goat Cheese goes silent for a bit. I’ve worked with editorial calendars for most of my career, but I eschew them when it comes to my blog. Some day, perhaps I’ll change that.
So, anyway, once an idea hits me, one of the first things I do is search the internet to make sure it hasn’t already been done to death. Sometimes, that doesn’t matter – I just try to do it better. Other times, if the idea wasn’t that strong to begin with, I ditch it. I usually write my posts directly into WordPress and obsessively click “Preview” about 13,000 times. I re-read and edit about 26,000 times. (Accidentally posting something with a grammatical error is a great personal tragedy.) When I’m finally done, I schedule my post to launch the next morning, since I’m generally writing in the middle of the night – historically, not a great time for blog traffic. Once it’s up, I share it on all the social media platforms and drive all my friends crazy.
And that pretty much covers it, I think!
I’d like to tag two bloggers I admire: Lesley of Lesley W. Graham and Amanda of Love & Renovations. They’re both beautiful writers, talented DIYers and moms to super-cute kids. What more could you ask for?