What’s a Log-Line, and Why Should You Care?

Have you noticed that this blog has a subtitle? It’s “Fantasy, fires, and flailing.”

“Fantasy” because I’m a fantasy writer and I like to talk about works of fantasy, “fires” for personal reasons and, well, because I’ve been known to accidentally set small ones (or accidentally put out big ones), and “flailing” because I do tend to flail.

That, if you think about it, tells you quite a bit about me and about this blog. Without it, you have no cue telling you what to expect. If you just wandered onto this blog by, say, following a WordPress tag, you would have no idea who I am, what I’m talking about, or why you should care.

In fact, I still haven’t told you why you should care, have I?

Well, you should care because I’m opening it up to you, dear readers.

Am I a ginger housecat or a mountain lion? Who can say? Image via ICanHasCheezburger.com

It’s no easy task to define yourself in less than a sentence: sometimes others can see us more clearly than we ourselves. I’m taking a social media and blogging class taught by the lovely Kristen Lamb. One of our assignments for this class was to list 100 words about ourselves to help us find our focus, and to help Kristen, at the end of our class, develop a log-line for us.

Here are Kristen’s suggestions for me:
Kristin McFarland’s Blog–Between the Shadows
Kristin McFarland’s Blog–Soul Seasons
Kristin McFarland’s Blog–Before the Dawn
Kristin McFarland’s Blog–Beneath a Mandarin Sky
Kristin McFarland’s Blog–Lost in Paradise

I have to confess, I wasn’t too thrilled with most of these. (Sorry, Kristen.) None of these log-lines capture the whimsy and occasional goofiness you see on this blog. (Nor, perhaps, does the dreamy-looking appearance, but that’s an entirely different issue.)

This is where you come in. How would you subtitle me?

Feel free to discuss or make (serious) suggestions in the comments! It’s your turn to help me. *wink wink nudge nudge*

Goals and Motivation

First off, I have to say I’m having a lovely day. Any day that includes Cheesecake Factory avocado eggrolls, a trip to Half Price Books, and a Friday Fellow mention from the lovely Emmie Mears is a darn good day and an excellent start to the end of the year.

It seems like everyone in the blogging world is looking ahead to next year, setting goals and guidelines for themselves. That’s probably a good thing to do.

Trouble is, I don’t really have any blogging goals. Yet.

My goals are all related to my fiction writing: seek some new beta readers, finish polishing Shaken, start the major overhaul on Conspiracy, write a new Mitzy book, begin the agent hunt, write the perfect query letter, start submitting, rinse and repeat.

Oh, and plan a wedding, get married, and all those life things.

It’s almost the end of DecemBlog, so I want to leave you today with a quote from Jim (and you should definitely read his whole post):

YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE IN THE WORLD WHO CAN KILL YOUR DREAM. *NO ONE* can make you quit. *NO ONE* can take your dream away.

No one but you.

If you want it, you have to get it. You. An author can’t help you. An editor can’t help you. An agent can’t help you. If you want to climb that hill, the only way to do it is to make yourself do it, one foot in front of another, one word after another. It will probably be the greatest challenge most of you have ever faced.

And here’s the kicker: THAT IS A VERY GOOD THING.

If you stay the course and break in, you are going to acquire a ton of absolutely necessary skills. You have to learn to motivate yourself to write even when you don’t feel like it: Discipline. You’re going to have to learn the ropes of the business, and how to work with an editor: Professionalism. You’re going to face what might be years of adversity, facing a monumentally difficult task and you’re going to overcome it: Confidence. You’re going to do it with very little active support, and when you look back at this time in the future, you’re going to know that it was something YOU did all by yourself: Strength.

There you have it, folks. I’ll be back tomorrow to wish you a happy new year and even wax a bit nostalgic about 2011.