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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Upcoming blog changes, and winner of the Harvey Prince drawing

 

Uhh... I HOPE not. (Image from despair.com.)

I will probably be moving to a new hosting platform soon, with an accompanying change of domain name. I have been concerned for some time about the wisdom of having my brain-property on a site not owned by me. The free blog hosting sites like WordPress.com and Blogger actually own the content of all the blogs they host, so if for some reason I get on somebody’s bad side at WordPress.com and they decide to yank my platform, then I will not be able to own, control, and/or access my own blog. Copyright issues may be at stake here, too (though I’m not positive about that).

I am looking into monetizing my blog by adding something like AdSense. Since I’m not working at the moment, I could use a little income boost. The content on this blog will continue to be mine, not directed by any other agency whatsoever, and I’ll continue to love or like or have mixed feelings about whatever it is that I want to write about. I haven’t sold out. I do notice that several of the major blogs, like Perfume Posse and Now Smell This, have sponsors and allow ad placement, and although I am far, far smaller than those blogs, nobody’s thinking that Robin and Patty and their teams of respected reviewers are anything less than objective about what they choose to review and how they review it. I hope I’ve got that kind of credibility, even if I don’t (yet) have that kind of readership.

Look, I blog because I want to. I just feel that when I’m spending time researching and writing for my blog because I want to do that, it’s not wrong of me to want to pick up a little bit of spare change for doing what I would have done anyway. That may help to support the family while I am working on the novel. We go through a whopping four gallons of milk every week; you can think of the ads as sponsoring my family’s calcium intake, if you like.

These changes will probably occur gradually over the month of January. I’m not sure yet whether I’ll be changing the theme; I like the one I picked two years ago and I’m inclined to stick with it. But who knows? I may find another theme that suits me better.

I’ll also be getting back to more regular posting and more frequent reviews. In some cases, this may be collections of mini-reviews. Look for a return to the Tuberose Series, as well. I’ll also include recipes and literature reviews from time to time.

And now, the announcement of the winner of the Harvey Prince full bottle giveaway drawing: RusticDove. Please email me with your mailing details and I’ll forward them to the Harvey Prince people to send you the bottle of Eau Flirt.

I will be asking for feedback as the changes occur, and I hope readers will stick with me. Thanks so much for reading this far!

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