Gettin’ Crafty

I have to admit, I’ve been wondering what’s been keeping visitors from commenting on my posts since I’ve switched my blog over from Blogger to WordPress.  Is the content not thought-provoking?  Is the math problem that proves you’re a real person just a little too challenging?…we can switch to single digits, just say the word!  Is it the extra effort of typing in your name and email address?  Seriously people, what is it?  Please comment and tell me!

While I wait, I’ll let you in on what I’ve been doing.  No writing yet.  I’ve been testing out Scrivener just a little bit, trying to write a proposal, and…collaging!  I had my doubts, but it worked so well with the last book that I thought I’d give it another shot.  (I will tell you that several elements on Book 2’s collage didn’t make it into the actual book, but they all served their inspirational purposes.)  So I spent a good bit of my free time last week mapping out a high level story line for Book 3 and casting all the characters.  Then I printed off pictures, pulled out my scrapbooking supplies (which have not been used for scrapbooking in a good long time), and started taping things down.

Here’s what I came up with.  It’s actually supposed to look a little scrapbook-y.  Like it was created as a sort of bulletin board (or scrapbook) by the twelve year old daughter of the protagonist.  I’m pretty happy with it, and I think it will serve nicely as a bit of inspiration.  I would literally LOVE your comments.

Posted in collage on 06/23/2011 03:59 am


  1. Single digits! My math problem was division this morning!

    Bad joke.

    I’ve found for every comment I receive I need to leave five or six. Folks are fleeting when it comes to stopping by. Now I’ve made genuine connections with about ten people over the last two years but the rest are leave a comment to get a comment.

  2. Alyssa Goodnight

    I’ve had the same experience, David. But what I’ve found particularly weird is that even my small following on the old blog (minus a few die-hards) has slipped away. I miss those comments. I had the best commenters!

    Thanks for stopping by! :)

  3. I LOVE collaging!!! It’s almost like magic, isn’t it? It really makes your subconscious brain kick into high gear.

    I like how you’ve done it as a bulletin board/scrapbook of one of the book’s characters. Super cool!!!

    Good luck with the book!!!

    • Alyssa Goodnight

      Thanks for stopping by, Anne Marie! I never thought collaging would work for me, but not only did I enjoy doing it, it put me right into the story and then inspired me all through the writing.

      I’m sold.

  4. Alyssa, I never would have thought about collaging as a way to brainstorm for the next project. Any hints yet on what it’s about, or is it too early?

    My poor blog is neglected as well (both by me and the commenters!). I keep thinking I’d be more motivated to write blog posts if I thought somebody out there was actually reading them. I just added you to my blog list, so I’ll try to be a regular follower (and commenter).

    • Alyssa Goodnight

      It’s still early going yet, Eve, but my brain is churning with ideas thanks to this collage project. You should definitely try it!

      Thanks for stopping by…I’m looking forward to your website launch!

  5. I’ll admit I’ve been hit-or-miss with blog commenting lately, and it’s not just yours.

    I have to admit I’m more likely to comment on Blogger blogs than WordPress. There’s just more crap to fill out on blogging sites you don’t have an account for.

    Or maybe the issue is people haven’t updated their blog rolls yet?

    Cute collage! I tried to do that with my book, but it didn’t work. I couldn’t find any pictures that reflected 1930s Ukraine, believe it or not. :)

    • Alyssa Goodnight

      I’ve been a little lax on my blog rounds lately too, Stacy. It is summer… I almost feel like I should go on a blog hiatus until I actually have something to say.

      Thanks for the compliment. I hope you get a chance to use collaging as a technique on an easier project. :)

  6. Green Girl in Wisconsin

    Well, my other excuse is that my old laptop puked and I’m still trying to get all my old data lined up on my new one. I need a “cloud.”
    Collages don’t help me, but then I’ve never committed to trying one!

  7. Alyssa Goodnight

    Green Girl…you made it! 😉

    What’s a ‘cloud’? And you should definitely try making a collage! Give it an afternoon, then use it and see. You might just be surprised.

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