Monday, December 17, 2012

The Grindstone and my Nose


Writers are an odd sort. After a few weeks of serious work that some would call "play", I suddenly look up and realize that it has been 5 days since my last Recovering Church Lady blog post. Shocking! (to me anyway.) 

So today I decide to post a short missive about what I have been doing. Which leads to the strange and old-age-revealing  phrase popping into my head....."Nose to the grindstone." 

Of course I cannot just use the phrase without becoming curious about the origin. The writer/researcher emerges, the origin is found and then I must find the appropriate picture right? 

All of that to simply report to you that I have been working hard on setting up my very first serious writer website over on Wordpress; Susie Klein - Writer . Even as I now type those words and create the link, my mind is yelling,

"Stop that right now! You have no clue what you are doing! What if a REAL client actually stumbles across this website and contacts you?? Who are you to call yourself a REAL WRITER??" 

BUT, nevertheless (Oh, another intriguing word/phrase!!) I continue to take a day at a time in this pursuit of writing beyond the blog. I love blogging, it is my treat, my sweet dessert to look forward to after everything else. But it does not pay and I am one of those who cannot write only for fun and amusement. 

SO, I have been doing research into what it means to be a legal and ethical freelance writer. I want to do it right. I do not want to set myself up for failure or walk us into some kind of complicated legal tangle that makes me want to curl back up into my old cocoon. 

I like what I am learning and have been lost (in a good way) in the process and all it involves. I LOVE being online for hours on my trusty Mac. Call me odd, call me a writer, I think they are one in the same. 

My new website/blog has shocked me with many new LIKES and some comments already from brand new readers even though it is newly born! LOVE that!

And in case you were wondering..........

'Nose to the grindstone' comes from the practice of knife grinders when sharpening blades to bend over the stone, or even to lie flat on their fronts, with their faces near the grindstone in order to hold the blades against the stone.' Reference: www.phrases.org.uk/meanings

I can only hope and pray (and work) that the result of all of my time with my nose to the grindstone will produce creations as beautiful and interesting as the designs in the photo!


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6 comments:

  1. You are well on your way! I am excited for you as you move forward in this new adventure. I admire your drive and vision! God will bless your tireless (?) efforts. I will be watching. So will the whole world! (does that scare you?) You never know just who will pop up in your comments/messages...so write on!

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  2. Good luck on this new leg of the journey. Like it says in Field of Dreams, "If you build it, they will come."

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  3. I like what Julie said. And I always like what Ms Steiner says as well.

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  4. Guts and glory! Best to you in this adventure!

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  5. I cannot imagine you being in a cocoon, so it is good to see the butterfly emerging! :-)

    The one thing I really love about WordPress is the community-it is so easy for others to connect with you over there.

    Wishing you all the best, and I'm on my way over there right now to check out the new blog.

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  6. Since Bear is not hibernating, he will trundle on over to this new creation.

    See ya later.

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