Last week,I wrote in my “gratitude post” that I’d be writing every other week in this blog, as well as in the copywriting one. That’s still true, but I’d like to just share with you a few more things going on here in Schultze-Land. After all, I only wrote one post during this short month, so I figured before February makes its hasty exit, I’d write one more here. [Read more…]
Confession time: I have been doing this program that’s very well known to individuals who are creatively blocked – “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron.
She has written dozens of books, but this is her most famous. And even though I’ve started her program several times in my life, I’ve begun again. I am hoping this time it will stick.
Really, I am not blocked. I have no problem writing at all. But I’ve noticed that lately, I’ve questioned my ability and whether I should be making my living with the written word. It’s been a month since I’ve worked on a substantial copywriting or travel writing project. And so I’ve gotten the blues. I’ve sent a dozens of queries and cover letters and resumes, with nary an interest.
About a year ago, I posted about how my RAS and NLS went tubing down Clear Creek, which flows through downtown Golden. The water then was quite low. So much that the experience was less than ideal. He tried to make her ride almost the whole length of the river without holding on to her tube. That made her scared, frozen and miserable downriver when I picked them up. And my younger one, with her overenthusiastic stepdad and pretty rigid comfort zone, swore she’d never do it again.
I guess her experience was worse than this…
Well, she did last week… and loved it. All it took was a little patience and gradual exposure to the chilly waters, and me leading the way. Now I’m the one who was reconsidering ever doing it again. That’s because when I was trying to pull over our tubes at a certain designated point from the river bank, I didn’t realize that the depth was greater than my height. My head went completely under, and for one millisecond I couldn’t breathe.
Most of this section of Clear Creek doesn’t clear my kneetops, so this came as a very unwelcome surprise. Also, thanks to the steady monsoon rainstorms that have barreled through the state the past few months, we’ve had a lot more water flowing here.
Somehow, despite all of that precipitation, we still have a drought. Mindboggling.
But as with every August, we notice a chill in the air arriving at night. The inclination to throw the down comforter before bedtime gains momentum, even if the days are still harshly sunny and broiling hot. I start to think about wearing jeans instead of shorts. Football talk becomes way more common on the news, especially here in crazy Bronco fans country. And the anticipation of school starting revs up, as evidenced by our last night’s visits to NLS’s new fifth grade classroom and JRS’s completely new and overwhelming experience at middle school.
Having these thoughts yesterday, I decided to take some season’s end pictures of my adopted hometown, Golden, as I went on my run (I apologize for the fuzziness in some of these photos. I decided to use my new iPod touch, and I’m still getting used to how it focuses):
These signs have lately popped up around the creek area, in an effort to keep people in line, I’m guessing (yes, that’s me in the sign’s reflection – I had no idea they were that shiny) Clever title, don’t ya think?
Home of the most famous brewed Colorado product. And see? It is made with “pure” Rocky Mountain water, just like they advertise.
The Washington Street bridge, heading into town.
Everyone in the creek!
The interactive part of the Golden History Museum. I was hoping to take some pics of the chickens in the pen here, but they were smart and stayed inside their coop. Unlike me.
My favorite part of the Clear Creek trail – a shaded dirt path alongside the river that’s only about a half-mile.
Trail’s end. No, it’s not much to look at…
…but a lot of this area is.
The trout grow pretty big here.
Our signature arch.
We have about a dozen of these bronze statues along the creek banks, including those oversized fish. This is probably the best one of the bunch.
So as you can see, there’s more to Golden than just being the home of weak, mass-produced beer. Come and see for yourself, and we’ll show you around.
My specialty is writing for the travel industry, whether that is through web copy or through freelance writing. But creating content is something that’s part of the game, with the ultimate objective being getting traffic and bringing in potential customers.
It’s definitely not an easy thing to do, and trying to optimize that content is something that every business I’ve worked with ponders, as well as myself for this copywriting/marketing business.
So I’ve decided that in three weeks from today, I’ll be talking about how to create magnetic content for your site by…trying to work out my own here, then reporting back on my results, warts and all. I’ve been learning a lot from the Copyblogger website and others, and I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned with you.
Why in three weeks, and not right this minute?
Because I will be going on vacation, starting next Tuesday. I’ll be chronicling at my other site related to photography and travel and hoping that I can do what many other successful bloggers do and write compelling stuff while moving from place to place (in the case of Tuscany, on bike for 20-30 miles a day). The only concern I have is having a decent internet connection wherever we happen to be going. I’m hoping for good wi-fi connections, but I may have to go to an internet cafe to get my words in. My hope is to blog at least three times a week on the trip, ideally every day.
Our itinerary includes Zurich, the Bernese Oberland, the Cinque Terre, Florence, the Tuscany countryside and Rome, with a one-day layover in Madrid, mostly on train. Kinda wish it was Paris, even though I’ve been there before, but it’ll do just fine.
So please join me and my husband R as we journey through the heart of the continent. Since it’s an area of the world I’ve never been to, I’m looking forward to it, and even more so, can’t wait to write about it!
This is my first entry with WordPress on the blog, and I’m hoping that it makes more of an impact than with my Blogger, which nobody seemed to know about.
At the moment, I’ve written three articles for Examiner.com, which have all been related to romance travel around Denver. I’m hoping to branch out to family and active travel in the next month. Also, I’ll be adding more photography and talking about my adventures (or misadventures, as it’s going now) in stock photography submission. Here’s on of them, with one of my lovely girls.
I’m excited to start again, and have some fun along the way. Thanks for stopping by!