The Story Behind My Blog's Title

The Story Behind My Blog's Title
Why is my blog named "My Father's Oldsmobile"? Click on the car and find out.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

First Day as a Blogger

For awhile now, I've known that this is something I needed to do. As a writer, I've got to generate publicity. But, I find myself in a strange predicament. I can't think of a thing to say.

What's one to do when faced with this dilemma? Perhaps I should write about not having anything to write about. That sounds like a challenge.

Hmm. It's not working. I'm still blank.

But, maybe it is working since I am, in fact, writing about not writing. Now that I think about it, I could probably do this for awhile. And since I'll likely be the only one reading this, maybe I should. At least until something comes to mind.

Something came to mind.

Recently, I've clicked with another writer, and she and I have been exchanging our work so we can help each other improve. I read the first chapter of her book, and it was great; the flow, the characters, the pacing--all fantastic. But what peaked my curiousity the most was this little beetle. It didn't have a staring role, not yet anyway, and I can't even put my finger on why I found it so curious. I just did.

When I told her about this, she told me that she didn't know there was going to be a beetle. It was one of those inspired things that showed up unexpectedly. And it worked. It added just the right amount of intrigue.

A few days later, she emailed me after reading a short story of mine. There was a scene that she really liked. Well, not to brag, but in her words, "Loved, Loved, Loved," and "Gave me chills."

This particlar scene happened by accident. I was just writing along, minding my own business, when suddenly one of my characters barged in. She totally took over; my fingers were a blur on the keyboard and words magically appeared on screen. When she was done, I took a look and thought, 'Wow, didn't know that was going to happen--but yeah, I like it."

So, I'm not sure what my point is; other than creativity, and psychiatric disorders may be closely related.


  1. I did love, love, love the story. And it did give me chills! Your characterizations are great.

    And thanks, Shawna--your first blog post is wonderful. I promise, you'll know much more about the beetle soon. I think you'll end up loving him as much as I do.

    What's with the Oldsmobile, though? You KNOW someone is eventually going to ask :).

    Kat Heckenbach

  2. My Father's Oldsmobile was the title of my first published story. I'm thinking I should post the story somewhere on here.

  3. Hehehe. Now all you need to do is post an occasional picture with your posts. People like it when you ad photos even if it's just a pic of a car.

  4. I'll have to look for one of a 1970 (year I was born) 442 Olds.

  5. Way to go, Shawna! Your blog looks great...professional. Amazing what we can do when we put our minds to it.

    Don't worry about not having anything to say. Like most things in life, blogging gets easier the more you do it. Check out other's and see what they've found interesting for topics.

    And remember to relax and have fun. You'll be your worse enemy. So shush that side of you away and you'll do fine.

    Jo-Anne Vandermeulen
    Professional Support Network for Writers
    Prolific Writer of Romantic Fiction

  6. I found your blog thanks to Michelle Sutton. I really enjoyed your oldsmobile story. Made my day. Thanks.


1970 Olds 442


If you're curious about the story behind the name of my blog, click on the car. :)