Gratitude and Notes from The Green Study

canstockphoto0021896First and foremost I would like to thank the 227 subscribers to this blog. My stats page says 3,565 followers but I think we can all agree that most of them are spammers. Needless to say, it cuts down on the thank you notes I should write, but won’t.

I’ve been blogging for almost three years and wow – what a journey. Okay, that’s some Emmy speech-making bullshit. What isn’t bullshit is that I’ve had the honor of connecting with so many of you. You’ve been kind and funny and generous and just weird enough that I’d invite you to a party if I liked groups of people, which I don’t, so that ends that awkward moment.

This has been a blog about nothing and everything, with much time lately spent down in the well of my navel talking about my journey (please read that phrase in a pompous voice, because that’s how I wrote it).

It all started when I was a little girl, dreaming about having my own blog…I begged my mummy and daddy every holiday and birthday. “Please, please, can I get one of those computer things, so I can tell a large audience what rubbish parents you’ve been?” Unfortunately, the computer at that time was housed in several buildings and there wasn’t enough wrapping paper.

canstockphoto14735381Anyway, where was I? Oh yes, thank yous. Thank you for reading, commenting, liking and putting up with loads of unfocused nonsense about middle age and general disgruntlement. On that note, tomorrow I start publishing the winning entries for The Green Study “What’s on the B Side of that 45?” Contest.

canstockphoto14646220_edited-1 copyAlso, I got overly ambitious in 2014 and in August started a changing lifestyle blog called TGS Zen Garden. I post once a week about my exploratory journey (cue pompous voice) to living a healthier, happier life. I write about the change to a plant-based diet, the challenges and obstacles of staying fit, learning new habits, etc. And I pass on resources I discover along the way.

I’TGS Writesve also recently restarted, for the third time in as many years, a fiction blog, TGS Writes. Short stories, once a week, as I work on strengthening my storytelling skills or, as I like to think of it, lying my ass off to you. It’s starting out well. My first story morphed into a tale of robot boobies. There’s an O. Henry Award with my name on it somewhere.

As goals go for 2014, I’ve awkwardly reached many of them. I haven’t done standup comedy yet, but there’s always next year to make a complete fool of myself. Also, my desire to sing “Stormy Weather” while stretched across a baby grand piano will have to wait until I can learn to sing, drink more and bedazzle my flannel shirts.

It’s been a marvelously uncomfortable year and fortunately it won’t end on December 31st, because next year it will be about rejection. Lots and lots of rejection as I sally forth into the world of publishing and do embarrassing self-promotional things even worse than this post. I hope you stick around for the ride, because I think things are about to get very funny. And you know I’ll tell you all about it.

I hope you have an enjoyable holiday season or a blessedly short one, depending on your disposition – thank you for sharing 2014 with me!

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22 Comments on “Gratitude and Notes from The Green Study

  1. I’ll tell you one of the reasons I lay claim to the 227 – it’s the smirk I got from the first two paragraphs, especially the second one when I read it wrong and came up with ‘kind of funny’ to enhance the awkwardness. It is with great pleasure that I decline the non-party invite but please post the video since I’d love to be a fly on the wall.

    All the best with your most wonderful adventures.

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    • Thanks, Lyle – I think “kind of funny” applies as well. I’m all about the awkwardness. I imagine a room where everyone stands along the walls, like some sort of horrid school dance and then everyone gets food poisoning from tainted potato salad. Your gratitude for a non-invite is justified. I hope your holidays are lovely!

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  2. Good luck with that embarrassing self-promotion! Got that t-shirt. Glad 2015.

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  3. I had no idea you had these other blogs, Michelle. I will check them out! Happy Holidays to you and best wishes for the new year!

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    • Thanks, Amy. It’s taken awhile for me to figure out what I wanted to do, so I didn’t work too hard to promote the blogs. I have a much clearer idea. Anything that keeps me writing, writing, writing. I hope you have a lovely holiday season, too. Here’s to 2015!

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  4. So glad I found your blog…:) And I’m glad you mentioned that you were still writing on the Zen Garden; not sure why but I’d managed to unfollow it (I do these crazy cleanups every now and then), so I’m back on there and looking forward to more good reading.

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    • I’m glad you found me, too! I fell off the TGS Zen writing wagon, but now I’m back to a once weekly schedule. I tend to clean out blogs that don’t update as well. Have a lovely celebratory time and a happy new year! (I keep finding new ways to wish people happy holidays – they’re getting more awkward each comment!).

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  5. I’m also proud to be among the 227 (we need a T-shirt).
    And please post all your rejection antics. Maybe you won’t decoupage a door with rejection slips like I did with mine, but the *journey* must be shared (sort of a pompous voice there, but more weepy) to stay motivated. I’m rooting for you.

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    • I’m delighted you are among the 227, which sounds like a sci-fi show. I laughed out loud imagining a door decoupaged with rejection slips. Still, a rejection slip at this point would be progress for me. And a rite of passage I think I’m ready for (until I’m not and have created a dartboard out of them). Thanks for the encouragement to continue blabbing all. Because you know I will.

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