“The beginning is always today.” ~ Mary Shelley
Welcome to my first blog post and thank you for joining me on this chaotic adventure I call my life!
My author name is L. Margetts-Bullock. My given name is Lauren but my nearest and dearest call me Loz, or variations of, and I would love for you to do the same. I’ll even challenge you to come up with something that I haven’t been called before, if you like, but good luck with that…
As you may have twigged by now, I’m an aspiring writer and as I type, I sit on the brink of publishing my first work – The Origin Saga: The Awakening. The first of a series of five books, The Awakening centres on a Siren girl named Blaise De’Yanira who discovers supernatural gifts she shouldn’t rightly have…
For the purposes of sheer laziness, I will from here on out refer to my universe as Origin, unless I’m referring to a specific volume.
Origin is my labour of love. It’s a story I have carried in my heart for many, many years and have finally dared to share with the world! But there have been a great number of influences and experiences in my life that have directly impacted the paths I chronicle for my characters and over the coming weeks and months, I intend to share my exploits in a way I hope helps you understand the world I have shaped.
But for now… blogging.
I wish I could tell you exactly what to expect from my blog, but I assure you, most of what I write will be as much a surprise to me as it is to you. I’ll share tit bits from my books, bonus information on my characters, tell you my own story, give sneak peaks of how I work, share what I have been up to; I may even be inspired by your comments and questions to pen my thoughts on certain topics. But most importantly, I want this blog to be a genuine reflection of who I am. It’s important to me that you understand my life, my loves, my journey, because it all plays a role in how Origin came to be.
I’ll be completely honest, in the last couple of months I have read endless articles on how to write the most amazing first blog post. The do’s and don’ts of blogging, how much is too much, what’s not enough, how to attract readers, how to keep readers… I felt so completely overwhelmed by all of the information out there, it’s taken me this long to actually write something, anything! What I have come to realise though is that authenticity is the single most important factor and writing structured posts on a topic I’m knowledgeable about for maximum audience engagement just doesn’t vibe with me right now.
Perhaps that will come in time. Maybe I’ll wake up one day and think, ‘actually, I quite like this blogging lark, let’s see where else I can take it’. But quite frankly, as of here and now, the only things I am really knowledgeable about are myself, my wife, my dogs, and my books, so I found myself going in circles.
I want people to be interested in Origin. People search for blogs on topics or people they are interested in. I need to blog so that people find out about Origin. People need to be interested in my content to stick about longer than the first sentence.
So what do you write when you don’t know what to write about?
I took it back to basics. I thought about the blogs and articles that I enjoy most and recognised that they are the raw, emotional, real scribblings of an open soul. I love finding out about the person behind the persona, and that’s how I worked out how to begin my blogging voyage. A diary, if you will. It won’t be to everyone’s tastes, but then again, what would life be if we all had the same interests?
Despite my love of the written word, for as far back as I can remember I have always been terrible at keeping a diary – stay with me, I realise how odd that sounds when I’ve just told you I am treating my blog as a diary.
I start with the best of intentions, manage to note down a few days’ worth of unexceptional entries, and then forget all about it until six months later when I am looking for a notebook to write my shopping list on. (Side note: forgetting things is a running theme you will come to recognise in my life!). I have lost track of the number of intended diaries I’ve found unceremoniously shoved to the back of the ‘crap drawer’. You know the one.
When laptops became more portable than the heavy, clunky machines they began life as, I tried keeping an electronic record of my musings, but as with the abandoned journals I quickly found myself forgetting to continue the practice and eventually deleted the small number of files I had managed to save.
Then came the age of the smartphones. ‘That’s a sure-fire way to remember to write an entry,’ I told myself when the momentum of Apple and Android devices began to change how we manage our lives day to day. ‘I’ll download an app and get daily notifications to remind me, so I’ll never forget again!’. And as usual, what I forgot to account for was my terrible memory.
Having now been through the app process a number of times, I can tell you how it plays out each time:
– For two or three days, I am dedicated and make sure I fire off a line or two at the very least; then,
– Notifications come through at an awkward time; then,
– I swipe them away and tell myself I will do it later because I’ve been so good up to now; then,
– I never get round to recording my thoughts or even changing the time of the notification so it occurs at a more suitable time; and finally,
– I end up deleting the app entirely as I swear not-so-quietly at myself about being useless.
But 2019 is set to be a year of massive change for me and I am committed to making my blog a part of that change. I will be posting at least once a week about the comings and goings of my glittery little world – and yes, I will be setting reminders and I will be sticking to them this time!
So, I hope to see you around. All I can promise you is a peak into my scatty, hare-brained adventures and photos of my dogs, but with any luck you’ll find the pups so damn adorable, you won’t have the heart to unsubscribe!
Until next time, love and light…