Name, titles, and such

I’ve been wanting to rename my blog for some time and I’m at a loss. Since I started this, I’ve been content to simply use my name and I left it at that, but I never truly liked it. I want something flashy, a name with pizzazz, something that grabs hold of people and makes them want to visit my little corner of madness.

You know, that might work for my tagline….

But as for a title? Forget about it. I’m useless finding titles for projects. My books are titled by the first name of my main character. It makes it easy for me to find, but it might not be so great once I try to publish it. As for my site? It’s just my name. Talk about lazy and uninspired. I need a title doctor. Do they even exist?

I look at some of the names other bloggers use, and some are lame, some are cute, and some are so original that I want to weep. Why can’t I find a name? I cry out. Must I remain nameless forever?

Maybe it’s not a real problem, but it sure bugs the hell out of me. Is there a class I can take, a seminar of some kind, that teaches us poor wretches how to name important things, like blogs and books? I would find that class useful. I’d take it twice just to make sure all the information stuck!

I’ll keep wracking my brain until something comes out. Until then, you’re just stuck with Joe Hinojosa. Isn’t that a horrifying thought!?

No, I’m not dead

In case you’re wondering, I’m still alive. Now that the mystery has been solved, you may get back to living your lives. For some reason, I sense indifference from the audience, not that I’m surprised. If you’re anything like me, you have so many different people vying for attention that you don’t miss the peripheral things. I’m not peripheral, am I?

To answer the unasked question, I’ve finally been offered a full-time position at my job, with hints that they are interested in helping me towards a leadership position of some type. The transition has been a little difficult for me. It’s mostly getting used to working more hours and having an extended work week, which I’m grateful for. I just need to accustomed to having a real job again.

But with the increase in hours comes a decrease in available hours to write. That wouldn’t be so bad, but I lose ten hours a week just on my commute, on top of which I do not have a set schedule. Some days I work a mid-shift, the next I work until midnight, and another day I might have to be there at six in the morning. It’s stressful and leads to getting no sleep and an increased level of stress. I’ve dealt with it before, I’ll learn to cope with it again and find my mojo.

The real reason for my absence, other than exhaustion, is that I haven’t had anything to say for the past few weeks. No, that’s not it. I do have things to say but I’ve decided this isn’t the forum to express myself. When I started out, this was a place for me to vent my frustrations and to be frank, a place to bitch. I don’t really need it, but trying to convert it to simply a writer’s blog isn’t working for me at all. I’m not so focused.

I’m considering making a move and starting fresh on a new blog, a place where I can post essays about silly observations, current events, and my favorite topic, the happenings of my life. That’s what I want to do. I don’t want to limit myself to just writing about writing, or reading. I want to go back to what I loved doing, which was writing about anything and everything.

I’m not planning on discontinuing this page. I still need to talk about what I’m working on, a place to review the occasional book, and to dream about actually publishing something. Maybe I will get around to it. I hope I will.

As such, I pulled out an old manuscript and I started polishing it up, rewriting what needs rewriting, editing what passes, and maybe making it presentable. We’ll see. I have an idea for NaNoWriMo 2014, something I’m excited about. I can’t wait to get started.

I also have a new book review coming out on Monday, October 6th for Dark the Night Descending by Jennifer Bresnick. I can’t wait to share it with you. Follow the link to see what it’s about, and maybe pre-order it as well. My thoughts will have to wait a few more days.

That’s it for now. I’ll stop neglecting my responsibilities and post more frequently. I’ll see you all on Monday, if I don’t post anything sooner. Have a great weekend and stay safe!