The New WordPress Blog

A friend of mine has been encouraging me to start a WordPress blog, but I’ve been hesitant for a couple reasons.  The first being that I have no idea what I’d write here (I’ve already got two other blogs, which I don’t update as regularly as I should).  The second being that I’m rather self-conscious when it comes to blogging.  I don’t think I’m a particularly talented blogger.  So many of my friends are amazing bloggers with insightful comments about the world and the arts among other things.  I kind of just haphazardly write about . . . whatever.  I’m not even particularly good at tweeting! Still, I’ve been brainstorming what I could possibly use my third blog for.  I kind of put it on the back-burner while working on my fourth novel.  Now that my book is out, I’ve been trying to take it easy before diving right back into the world in my head.  I started watching “Leverage” (one of my all-time favorite shows) to unwind.  More specifically, I’ve been listening to the audio commentaries.  I love audio commentaries.  There’s something about listening to passionate people discuss their creations that I’ve always found entertaining.  Not to mention fascinating.  I’ve always envied my filmmaker friends their commentaries, which sound like so much fun to record. While listening to commentary today, the wheels in my brain got to turning.  What if I could do something similar for my novels?  Written commentary, similar to the audio commentaries?  Could that possibly work? Suddenly, I had an idea for my WordPress blog.  I’ll experiment with written commentary, starting with my first novel:  Sere from the Green.  What will this commentary look like?  I honestly haven’t the faintest clue.  At the moment, I’m thinking I’ll try to do a chapter a week.  There will be spoilers, which I’ll remind readers of in the post title.  I’ll try to conduct them similar to audio commentaries:  tidbits of process, character, and whatever else I can think of.  I’ve had a couple people tell me this sounds interesting, so I’m hoping for good results. I’m hoping to start with chapter one either tomorrow or the day after.  So, stay tuned.

Sere from the Green (Shape Shifter Chronicles) (Volume 1)

Sere from the Green (Shape Shifter Chronicles) (Volume 1)

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About Lauren Jankowski

Lauren Jankowski, an author from Illinois, has been an avid reader and a genre feminist for most of her life. She holds a degree in Women and Genders Studies from Beloit College. In 2015, she founded “Asexual Artists,” a Tumblr and WordPress site dedicated to highlighting the contributions of asexual identifying individuals to the arts. She has been writing fiction since high school, when she noticed a lack of strong women in the popular genre books. When she’s not writing or researching, she enjoys reading (particularly anything relating to ancient myths) or playing with her pets. She participates in activism for asexual visibility and feminist causes. She enjoys speaking about genre feminism, a topic she is quite passionate about, and hopes to bring more strong heroines to literature, including badass asexual women. Her debut novel was "Sere from the Green," the first volume in her ongoing series "The Shape Shifter Chronicles." The sequels, "Through Storm and Night," "From the Ashes," and "Haunted by the Keres" are also available. All books can be purchased through Amazon, CreateSpace, or Smashwords.
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