Ramblings of a Writer: Easter

Easter many years ago...
Easter many years ago…

Easter is a bittersweet time for me. Two years ago, my grandfather passed away the day before Easter. It wasn’t entirely unexpected, but no one thought it would be “that day,” if that makes sense.

I am lucky in many ways. It’s very unusual for a person to be in their twenties before losing their first grandparent. I still have three grandparents who are alive and I am grateful for that.

Grandpa Bob, as I called him, was a great man. He was the kind of person who made friends wherever he went. That’s a quality that I admire because it’s not as easy for me.

When I’d visit him in the hospital, all of the nurses would tell me how much they loved him. People didn’t love him because he was charming. People loved him because he was genuine. He’d ask you about your day and really care about your answer. It’s easy to spot fake people, and he certainly wasn’t one.

I didn’t burst into tears when I heard that he had passed away. I think it took me two days before I cried. Not everyone reacts to situations the same way, and that’s okay. I think of him often, and wish he could celebrate with us tomorrow.

I don’t often write about personal matters on this blog, but I want to write about things that matter. He matters to me and to everyone else who loved him.

If you celebrate Easter, I hope you’re having a great day.

On Writing…

I’m not a writer because I went to journalism school, did writing internships, or spend an insane amount of time writing about electronics recycling and the environment. I’m a writer because I can’t imagine not writing.

For me, it’s a form of sanity. We’ve all had those nights when it’s impossible to sleep because there is just too much to think about. For me, writing is one of the few things that lets me stop thinking. Once I’m in the “zone,” the words just flow and I don’t have to think about it too much. Maybe that’s why I do my best writing at 2 a.m. when I’m sleep deprived and just a little insane . . .

Late Night Ramblings

I haven’t blogged in months and I wish I could say it’s because I’ve been off living this glamorous life.

In reality, it’s a combination of things. I’ve been busy at work, seeing friends, with life… I’m tired when I get home and I can’t blog at two in the morning unless I want to be exhausted the next day. But the biggest reason why I haven’t been writing is that I want to take this blog in a direction that I can be proud of, but I don’t know how to do it.

Anyway, I was just about to go to bed and I realized that I had to post something or I’d never do it. So I’m sitting here at 1:00 AM writing. Like I used to. But I’m not going to edit this post like I usually do.

So here’s my post… I have no fabulous explanations or grand promises to offer. All I can say is that I have no plans to abandon this blog and I truly love writing.

If you’re still reading my jumbled up thoughts, thank you for your patience.  Like I said, I think that if I stopped to edit this, I wouldn’t have posted it.

Excuses, excuses

I feel like I’m stuck between idealistic and realistic. I honestly planned to do a post a day here, but at the same time, I don’t think that’s very realistic. As you might know, I already post 5 times a week on my company blog while doing other work for them. I try to write posts on the weekends and evenings, but I don’t always have the time or energy to.

I’ve also been sick–first with a cold, and now an infection. And I’ve been packing up my childhood room and shopping for my apartment. I move on Saturday, so I expect I”ll be quite busy until then.

I have some planned social media posts and book reviews, all I need is time.

Maybe it’ll be easier to jump back on the bandwagon once I move. I can be an idealist sometimes, right?


Pessimism is Smart

Are you an optimist, a pessimist, or something else?

Oh, I’d say I’m probably a pessimist. In any situation, I’ll come up with the worst-case scenario and plan accordingly. I don’t call myself a pessimist in my head though . . . I call myself smart.

Do I want to be caught unprepared? Absolutely not. Do I want to get my hopes up for something? No way.

I’ll sometimes pretend to be optimistic to make other people feel better though.

Are you an optimist or a pessimist?

Ramblings of a Writer: My January Reflections

I thought this would be a great post to end the month.

January had its ups and downs for me. I started working in the office (I was previously  working from home while the cubicles were finished). I moved from a small desk to a bigger one halfway through the month. I signed the lease for an apartment.

There were some downsides though. The first (and obviously most superficial one) was when Oregon lost the BCS championship game . . .  and I lost our family’s football bowl games competition. All in the same game, it was tragic.

On a more serious note, on January 30th, my paternal grandfather went to the ER with a high fever. He’s okay now, but it was stressful at the time–especially because my mom had her surgery to repair her ACL on the 31st. The surgery wasn’t a success, as she didn’t have any large enough ligaments to replace it with. So now she either has to go without doing many athletic activities for the rest of her life, or she has to have a surgery using a cadaver ligament.

Books: I finished three books: A Wolf at the Table, Sh*t My Dad Says, and The Murder of King Tut.

Movies: I also saw three movies: Black Swan, The King’s Speech, and The Kids are All Right.

Music: My friend gave me the new Tim Kasher CD as a late Christmas gift. I’ve been listening to it ever since. I also bought tickets to see Bright Eyes in April and I’m so excited!

What was your January like?

Ramblings of a Writer: Blogging and My Job

There’s so much to write about, but lately I feel like I’ve been pulling my hair out just to sit down and write an entry. I have about 20 blog posts planned, but no time to write them.

I do write and blog every day though. I’m a “social media assistant,” which basically means that I blog and maintain the company’s Twitter and Facebook accounts. I also write content for the company’s website, communicate with people on web forums, and keep up on the latest news in technology, the environment, and social media.

So why do I keep up this blog when I write all of the time anyway? To be honest, I don’t want to lose myself as a writer. I love to just sit and write anything that comes to my mind, like I’m doing now. I also like to write about social media and books–it’s fun!

I’m also quite fond of this blog, because I doubt I would have been considered for so many writing jobs without it.

On a side note, I really should update my website (http://amyerickson.net) with my new job information and a current photograph. Even though I’m not be looking for a job right now, I like having an online portfolio to direct people to. And who knows, maybe someday I’ll have some time to squeeze in some freelance writing.

Well, this post is neither edited nor particularly well-written, but I’m going to post it anyway so I can get something up before I fall asleep on my keyboard.

Three Countries

I picked an idea off of the Post a Day 2011 topic list for today.

List 3 countries you’d visit and why.

Venice, Italy 2007. Photo by Amy Erickson.

Venice, Italy 2007
Photo by Amy Erickson

I love to travel, that’s no secret. So far I’ve only been to three countries (unless you countries: U.S.A., Canada, and Italy. Unless you count the Vatican . . . if you do, I’ve been to four.

Anyway, my ultimate goal is to visit all 50 states and all 7 continents before I die.

Right now, my top three countries are:

  1. United Kingdom: Harry Potter, English accents, good T.V. shows . . . what’s not to like?
  2. Mexico: Because I live in Southern California and STILL haven’t been there. Plus Mexican food is amazing.
  3. Egypt: Like everyone else on the planet, I think Ancient Egypt is fascinating. And I just finished The Murder of King Tut.


Which three countries would you like to visit?

Post a Day 2011

Have you heard about Post a Day 2011? It’s a WordPress challenge to post every single day for 2011. Obviously, I missed the boat by not starting on January 1st. However, I want to start posting regularly on this blog again, and what better way than this? So I will justify it this way: I will have 365 posts completed in 2011 by the end of the year under the category “Post a Day 2011.”

I contemplated starting a new blog for this project, but I opted to do it on this blog for a couple of reasons. This is my main blog, and I would hate to abandon it for this project. I also want some of the posts to be about books and social media, which would be posted on this blog. Lastly, the main purpose of this project is for me to become a better writer. The only way to get better is to practice. I blog every day for work, but that’s a specific type of blogging. This is my chance to have fun with it.

So I should probably start writing those blog entries, huh?


Are you doing this challenge too? Post your blog link below so I can follow you!

I’m back!

I’m baaaaaack!

Okay, that was incredibly dorky, but I couldn’t resist.

It has been way too long since my last post . . . almost a month. I can’t believe I’ve slacked this much. To my defense, I have been blogging, but on a blog for work rather than on Amy’s Bookshelf. I’ll post more about my new job another time. You can also follow @AG_Recycling on Twitter and tweet me at work.

I’m hoping to write some posts when I have time so I can keep publishing. I have some ideas, but I just need more hours in the day!

Anyway, this update was just to say:
A. I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth.
B. I am not abandoning this blog.
C. I really, really, really want to post more.

I’ll try to post again this week with either a review or an extended Ramblings of a Writer post!