Update/ Refocus

This site has evolved since its inception, and of course, it must continue to do so. To be honest, I wasn’t sure what it was when I began, let alone what it would become.

I wanted a place to organize my thoughts, and this space has certain allowed me to do that. I wanted to practice my craft, and I have.

There’s been no particular rhyme or reason to the subject matter, but I think it’s time to change that. I call this space ‘Wonderisms’ because my main goal is to keep the fires of wonder burning in me and transfer that sense of wonder to you, the reader. That wonder has come in the form of personal happenings, musings on things I’ve read, and, in the last two posts, short stories.

I’d like to refocus a bit. For starters, that means separating the essays and the fiction.

When I started the site, I hadn’t written in some time. I’d been in sales for almost a decade, and I needed to find my voice. Within the essay format, I think I’ve done that. My voice, my writing still needs refined, mind you, but it’s there, I’m familiar with it, and when I write something I’m proud of, you, dear reader, have responded.

Fiction is another thing altogether. The last two posts here have been short stories which have made it obvious that I haven’t yet found my voice in that arena. Any stories I post will be a bit experimental, then, and because of that, they needed to be separate from everything else. So, there are now two separate feeds: one for essays and one for fiction. (Those links can always be found in the subscribe section and in the footer of every page.

The Kindle version of the main feed is still available, of course, but I think I’ll hold off on publishing the fiction to Kindle for awhile, at least until I’m more comfortable with that form.

Speaking of the main feed, that, too, needed rethought. I’ve exhausted many topics on these pages, and as a result it’s been more and more difficult to find subjects to write about. I needed to go back to why I started writing here in the first place: to instill wonder in myself and in others.

Nothing does that more profoundly than good writing.

I’ve always wanted to keep a reading journal, and I recently started using Evernote for just that. It’s a great way to better remember, comprehend, and understand the things that I read.

It’s also one of the things that gets me most excited about writing. The web is the ultimate tool for those of us who, simply put, like to surround themselves with people who are smarter than we are.

So, that process will be transferred to Wonderisms. Every Thursday, I’ll write about the pieces that I’ve been reading and which have amazed me.

That’s not to say that especially poignant moments in my life will go undocumented here. I’ll throw in, on occasion, a personal story which needs to be told, or a moment needs to be suspended in time so that I might revisit it later. I’ll put together the occasional open letter to my daughter.

Things will change, as they always do, but for now, this is the State of the Site (#SOTS).

Finally, this is a journey, and I have not taken it alone. You, reader, have been with me every step of the way, and I hope you will continue to be. That said, let’s put one foot in front of the other and see where it leads us.