Announcing a Change, and Coming Attractions

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Regular readers will probably already have noticed that my posting pace has slowed down, from 4-5 posts a week to about two. Partly this is because it’s summer: the kids are home, there’s lots to do, yada yada… Mostly, though, this is because I’m working on a story and a novel, and my thoughts are going in the direction of my nonblog creative writing.

Oh, I’m still wearing perfume and reading books! And I do keep the blog in mind throughout the week. But other things are calling me, and because this blog has always been an outlet for writing, I don’t feel guilty about changing the format here from time to time.

For the moment, I plan to continue with at least two weekly posts. One of those will, of course, be Scent Diary. The other post will be either a Mini-Review Roundup, a full-fledged perfume review, a Fragrance Throwdown, or a book review. There may also be a rant or a Random Thought Explosion in the mix as well. I’m not going away, and the blog will be updated, but not as frequently as I’ve done in the past. I hope you’ll stick around.

Posts I am currently working on and that will be published in the coming weeks include the following:

Perfume Review: Sonoma Scent Studio Forest Walk

Mini-Review Roundup: Opus Oils Burlesque Collection, plus Dirty Sexy Wilde and Dapper

Mini-Review Roundup: Neela Vermeire Bombay Bling, Trayee, and Mohur (if I FIND my Mohur sample, that is)

Tuberose Series Perfume Review: Dior Poison

Tuberose Series Perfume Review: Miller Harris Noix de Tubereuse

Tuberose Series Perfume Review: JPG Fragile

Tuberose Series Perfume Review: Versace Blonde parfum

Perfume Review: Vintage Muse de Coty

Book Review: Mockingjay (part 3 of The Hunger Games trilogy), by Suzanne Collins

Book Review: The Selection, by Kiera Cass

Book Review: Coming to my Senses, on Perfume, Pleasure, and Becoming an Unlikely Bride, by Alyssa Harad

(Okay, I’ll come clean: I’ve only started writing three, no, four, of these. The others I’m still taking notes on and deciding where the review will go. But STILL. They’re IN THE WORKS. I PROMISE.)

I’m also still working on/revamping “Bright as Day,” and starting to take notes and make plans for a fictional book based on an incident in my late grandmother’s life. It’s a fascinating story, really, and I’m probably going to be in hot water with my mother when she realizes what the book’s about – because it’s a family secret that I didn’t find out until I was in my twenties and some of the parties involved were already deceased. By now, of course, most of the family members have died, and the only ones left are my mother and two cousins.

The big issue here is, how many details of the debacle will I have to change? Which facts are necessary to the story, and which can I fudge? Which facts should I fudge, to make it more dramatic? More to the point, my most frustrating struggle with the story is that my narrator isn’t speaking to me yet.

Yet. She will, though. I just have to be patient. I don’t, in fact, know which of the four major female characters will be my narrator, or whether they’ll take turns. I’ve got to go into my box of family photos and stare at people for awhile to see if anybody will start to talk.

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18 thoughts on “Announcing a Change, and Coming Attractions”

  1. I didn’t realize Versace Blonde was a tuberose. I see that sporadically at TJ Maxx. I have also been toying with the idea of a blind internet-buy of JPG Fragile, so I’m curious to see your take on that.

    1. Oh, the Blonde is definitely Big Tubey. (I have the parfum.) And after hearing that Fragile is one too (check The Candy Perfume Boy), I snagged a spray sample of it. I wouldn’t spend a whole lot of $$$ on Fragile, but it *is* nice.

  2. Good luck with your other writing ventures. I love your blog and am glad you’re not giving it up entirely. I like your reviews on perfumes and books and I do enjoy your scent diary. I’ll keep checking in for new posts. Your book idea sounds interesting too. There’s only so much time in the day and sometimes you need to rearrange your time to fit in what you want to do. Totally understandable. That’s something I am starting to realize and I’m trying to fit in more of what I WANT to do as opposed to things I think I HAVE to do. Just keep writing. You’re really good at it.

    1. Thanks very much! I will definitely be posting twice a week.

      And yeah – if you can, do what you want instead of what other people want you to do…

  3. I love your writing, and can’t wait to hear more from Bright as Day–the sample was absorbing, and when it ended I went, “Noooooo!” (like Mr. Bill) I will look forward to your perfume and book reviews, whenever you have time. Take care, and know that I wish you joy, wherever you focus your attention. Be well.

  4. I would be so sad if you stopped posting your scent diary. But I am thrilled that you’ve gotten to the point where your writing needs more of your time and attention. I really love your voice which comes through so clearly in your writing and look forward to you being published some day. Go for it! Wishing you much luck and success as you work on your writing goals.

    1. Awww, thanks! So glad you enjoy Scent Diary, which I started writing mostly for myself. I appreciate the support.

  5. Heya,
    do what you want, it will always be exciting when you plop in my inbox. I’m patient.
    Can’t wait for your Versace Blonde review. It’s been one of my faves for years,
    Portia xx

  6. Thanks for the heads-up, Mals and here’s a rootin-for-ya from me in regards to the writing.

    (And I had to chuckle, because twice a week posts is something I can only aspire to. ;))

    1. I feel bad about twice-weekly posting, since when I started posting I hadn’t been writing regularly since college, and posting was a joy. But since the goal was to write regularly, I shouldn’t feel all *that* bad about it.

      Thanks for the rootin’!

  7. Well, I say darn it, all my favorite bloggers are cutting back on posts. Honestly, you people are so selfish! How are we expected to go and lollygag and have a good time online now? Oh I suppose we’re just expected to go and …work!

    1. I know, it’s terrible… I’d already cut back on my blog reading, and now there won’t be quite as many posts from some of my favorites. SIGH.

  8. I’m impressed that you, y’know, _plan_ your posts. I just blurble. I’m finally returning to the perfume world, blinking at all the bright lights, and I’m looking forward to all those upcoming posts.

    1. Well, it’s sort of an Idea File. And whatever gets written first goes up on the blog first…

      You need some rockin’ shades.

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