Anniversary Announcement: New Community Forum Feature!
May 5, 2019
Five years ago this month – on May 10th, I think – I started this little blog for writers and creative people of all types. It’s hard to believe it’s been five years already! In some ways it feels like yesterday, and that is good because apparently visitors find something here that ‘fits’ or speaks to them in some way. Some folks even stay and follow Magic Lamp here and/or on my Magic Lamp Edits Facebook page. In fact, as of April 30th, we’re up to 160 followers here. Thank you to everyone, longtime followers and brand new, and welcome!
For those who are new here, here’s a little background. When I first started the Prompter Room feature, two to three years ago now, I found inspirational quotes to share every day, words that I hoped prompted some creative energy for your work. Many of you are writers and poets, and there are photographers, fashion designers, crafters, builders, visual artists, graphic designers, and so many other unique artists among us.
I used to add my own thoughts every day as well. After a little over a year, the daily posts became too much – I was dealing with major health issues, it was getting difficult to find new thought-provoking quotes, but mostly I found my own reflections were losing their freshness. I didn’t want to start repeating myself. So I switched to twice a week for the Prompter Room, Tuesdays and Fridays, with no reflection. That’s been much more manageable.
It’s also been more enjoyable for me. I spend quite a lot of time looking for passages that might speak to our collective creativity, whatever our genres. Maybe you need a boost to start a new project, or finish one. Maybe you’re stuck on a character’s development and progress. Maybe you read or heard something that threw down a barrier and you need a hand up and over to start painting again. Wherever you are in your creative process, in whatever genre, I hope the Prompter Room posts have helped, or made you think, or given you more confidence in your work.
For some time now, I’ve been thinking of ways to make Magic Lamp and the Prompter Room more interactive, more of a community, where we can talk with each other. Now that we’re at the fifth anniversary, I thought this would be a good time to try to form a group for folks who are interested. I don’t know how to do that on WordPress, other than the occasional comments readers post for me, but I think it can be done via Facebook.
So I have created a Community Forum group on the Magic Lamp Editing Services page on Facebook. I can invite Facebook followers in a group message; as far as I know, though, I can’t do that through Word Press. If you’re interested, then, there are two ways to join.
If you’re on Facebook already, please go to the Facebook group (look for Magic Lamp Editing Services). Go to the page’s menu on the left, scroll all the way down to ‘Community,’ and ask to be included. Be sure to tell me you’re following my WordPress blog. I’ve made the Community Forum a closed group. That way potential members or casual visitors can see only the name of the group, its purpose, and my name as administrator (Genie Rayner). The public cannot see any of the content of our conversations or members’ comments.
This isn’t quite what I had in mind – I’d hoped to set up a group on WordPress – but I do hope you’ll visit the Facebook Community Forum, and perhaps even join up!
If you’re not already on Facebook, here’s the link to check it out: https://www.facebook.com/groups/425809148153066/?ref=bookmarks . This takes you straight to the Community Forum.
Staying true to the original intent of the Magic Lamp blog, I invite you to post short editing questions or concerns – Is the syntax in this paragraph correct? Did I get the tenses right? How much dialogue is too much? Where does the apostrophe go? etc. – but also general questions or thoughts or ideas about creativity and the creative process. Or maybe one of the Prompter Room posts got you thinking in a new way. Of course, you can always write to me on my WordPress blog page, too. (And if you want to talk about a longer project with editing needs, please send me a private message and/or go to the ‘About’ page on my blog.)
We’re all creating together and I hope we can help, encourage, and support each other. (Maybe someone can give me a nudge, please, to get past my major blocks with my novel-in-progress and my poetry. I haven’t written a poem in a couple of years, and I really miss my muse …)
So Happy 5th Anniversary, everyone! Thank you again for sharing this space with me, and I hope to get to know some of you better in the Community Forum on Facebook.
As always, blessings on your work!