I'm a terrible blogger. I start with good intentions, but somehow, I've never been able to follow through. I can spend hours at the computer, I can take on a NaNoWriMo challenge and finish 50,000 words with three days left to go in the month. I've turned out two books -- one military history and one novel -- in the six years I've been retired. I've published a newsletter for my condo association. But put me in front of a blog and I freeze up. I really don't like talking about myself, so writing the kind of open and honest blog I like to READ is very difficult to WRITE. I've also struggled with the temptation of anonymous blogging, which can't happen here. I'll just have to be me.
(Deep breath!) OK, here we go again. It's August 26, 2010, and I've just realized that the Union regiment I've been writing about for those last six year will have an anniversary tomorrow. The 100th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment gathered for the first time on August 27, 1861. It was a good starting point for them; perhaps it will be for me, too.
I'm going to try a multiple-pronged approach here. I really want to talk about the writing and publishing lessons I've been learning, so you can expect to read a lot about my latest book and the Launch Party that's coming up in mid-September. I'm very active in my local Lions Club, as well as in some of the state and national activities of Lions Clubs International, so I'll be talking about the service projects that I care about. I live with a very busy Lion husband and four opinionated cats, so you'll meet them eventually. But interspersed with my personal experiences, I'm also going to pass along some quirky and/or interesting historical tidbits about "my" regiment. Maybe their exploits will come to my rescue when I Just don't fell like talking about myself. Stay tuned.