Sometimes, The Wheel is on Fire

Sometimes, The Wheel is on Fire

Monday, December 12, 2011

I'll Take Blogging for 200, Alex

Wow. Two hundred posts. That's either the start of a really long fence, or a middling output for a blog. And I already have a fence.

Although most bloggers have churned out two or three times as many posts in the same span, for me this is quite the accomplishment. In fact, I'm rather surprised I've reached 200 already. Have I really written that many things worth sharing?1

I originally started The Wheel as a way to entertain friends and family without having to share my novel with them before it was ready.2 Unfortunately, with The Professor watching over me these past five months it's become harder to find much time to write at all. Not only have I been ignoring my novel and expending less effort on my blog, but I've also been visiting other blogs less. I'd feel guilty, but just look at that face. You can't say no to that face. Especially since he doesn't know what "no" means.3

Anyway, thanks in part to the motivation techniques of one Joseph Selby, I'm now back on the wagon. That is to say, I'm headed west with enough bullets to smite every buffalo between here and Oregon, and I should make good time as long as I don't get dysentery. Also, I'm writing fiction again.

In the past week, I've touched up a short story I hope to get published, and started working again on my novel. Though I have less free time than I used to, I hope to manage it more wisely, so I can continue to entertain you here, but also push my novel toward completion. You know, the one with the invisible monkeys. (Don't worry, it's better than it sounds. Even if you already think it sounds awesome.)

Anyway, I should finish up this post so I can do something more novel. Like play peek-a-boo with The Professor.

1 No, no I haven't. Two of my posts were complete rubbish.
2 It's still not ready. But hey, you can't rush genius. Nor, apparently, can you rush mediocre wit with an abundance of adverbs.
3 Usually, no means no. But sometimes, no can mean "Yes, but I'm not about to tell you that," "Maybe later," or "Holy cheese biscuits! I don't believe it!"


  1. He's adorable. You should definitely be prioritizing peek-a-boo. Congrats on your 200.

  2. Holy cheese biscuits! That is one cute baby! And keep the blog posts coming. Solly and I get tired of each other sometimes, and a hilarious blog post from Uncle Nat is just what we need to get through the day.

  3. If you teach the Professor peek-a-emotional subtext, you can kill two birds with one childls game! Glad to hear you're back on the wagon. Remember I only follow a handful of blogs, so I'll be here next year for your "I made so much progress this year!" post. We will not accept a "I had such high hopes but..." post. Get to it. :)

  4. julie, thanks! Though I have to admit peek-a-boo still ranks #3 for the Professor behind "ooh, what's the cat doing now?" and flying baby!

    Naomi, why yes, that is one cute baby. For which I'm grateful. If he was two cute babies, I'd probably be at my wit's end, meaning my posts would end up witless and you and Solly would never make it through the day.

    Joe, I'll teach him emotional subtext, but he'll have to learn bird-killing from the cats. And to make sure you accept all my posts next year, I just won't get my hopes up. (Besides, if I keep 'em low, I'll end up pleasantly surprised when I surpass them.)

    Alex, as am I! But only for the time being; too much swinging and I get motion sickness...

  5. Definitely adorable, who could resist??
    Congrats on the 200, hope to read your short story, I'm sure it will be fantastic. :)

  6. Heather, well I certainly can't resist. And as for the short story, I'm not sure if it will be fantastic after I edit the crap out of it, or it used to be fantastic before I edited the crap out of it. But definitely one of the two.