I miss the silence

Doors slam.
Cars peel away.
The coffee hisses, forgotten.
The house goes quiet again,
As everyone noisily parts ways
And the silence is enjoyed by no one.
Just the house, sighing
Shifting weight.
Cracking knees.

And the dogs in the hallways
Heads on their paws
Listening to the phone
As it rings.
And it rings.
And it rings.

original work copyrighted 2013 by Mandy Smith.

please do not reprint without permission.

Blog hiatus is ALMOST OVER. I jotted this poem down this morning trying to capture the sense of frustration I had about the noisy, busy, wild mornings and how quickly they terminated, how little time I had before I had to become one of the people peeling away in the cars to my noisy job. I do love this new job, but overtime last week plus loss of last weekend plus working straight all this week, well…I am pretty desperate for some quiet. Haven’t had a chance to write in weeks and I haven’t worked on any web design projects in over a month! Am so very, very ready for this Saturday.

But there. Enough complaining 🙂 What about you all? Been as busy as me, or are you enjoying some downtime, for once?


Truly and always and wistfully poetic,


The Blog Hiatus Nears its End

Hello world ❤ You look lovely today. How you doing? Feeling lovely? Feeling a bit summery? Hectic/busy/tired?

So we finally have our internet back. Which is YAYYY! Getting our internet back, though, happened to coincide with the same week I start job training at my second job in the middle of fair week. Which means everyone in the fam is running, extra-including me; in fact, I’m writing this post in between two shifts of a 9 hour day. And I have things Friday. And things Saturday. And things Sunday. I never have things Sunday*

Sooooooo. I decided it would be insanely ridiculous of me to try and blog in the middle of this. (Even though I have So! Many! Posts! I want to do now that we have our New! Shiny! Internet! back.) And I’ve been on unofficial blog hiatus anyway. It won’t kill me to abstain for another week or so.

Le sigh, internet friends. Le sigh.

Truly and always and ramming,





*Besides church things. Sunday is for church things 🙂


Internetless Girl

I thought I’d write a little haiku*
–my internet is slow, and buggy, too–
To let you know I still exist
And daily draft my manuscript

And not to worry, I haven’t died
I’ve just been otherwise occupied
While my internet has been down
And the library is closed in town

Not a single WordPress post goes through
So what’s an internetless girl to do?

I’ll soon be back. Don’t you fret.
I won’t waste a single minute
Of posting time once I’ve come back–

But, for now, here’s grumpy cat.

(j/k. It couldn’t even load that.)

*Obviously, I am terrible at haikus.

Why no one comments anymore

The other day, when a friend tweeted a link to her newest blog post, my urge was to respond right there on twitter, knowing I never feel like commenting on blogs anymore. And that stopped me. Because a comment is a comment, right? And yet it was so much easier to comment via twitter than her blog.

I know I’m not the only one who feels this way, because bloggers have been complaining for a while now about the dearth of comments. Certain blogs seem to do okay, like Nathan Bransford’s blog, and the Pub Crawl ladies, but most suffer the same thing. Even on my own blog I’ve noticed people will often click “like” over posting a comment.

So of course everyone is wondering why. Yeah, it’s a pain, but didn’t it always used to be a pain? Even more so at one point, when you had to fill out all the captcha boxes that would fail to load properly and complicate it further.

But I think back then, when I examine my own behavior, I was more hungry to be heard. I had Important Thoughts and I wanted to share them. Also, I admired other authors more, craved their interaction more. Building my readership and networking with other bloggers was a lot more vital to me than it is now. At least, it felt more vital.

Now I’ve chilled out a bit. Readers come with time, I realize, and since I’m blogging more about the things I enjoy, the emphasis is off getting other people’s responses–I already know I liked what I blogged about. The right folks will, too.

And I think we were all more hungry back then. Blogging peaked, what, five years ago? Three? The whole thing had exploded. We were all eager to jump on the exciting new thing that was happening. Publishers were encouraging authors to blog and start blogs, and starting to dump more of the promotion responsibilities on authors.

Now…I think we’ve all chilled out a bit, not just me. People realized they didn’t like blogging. Or that too much blogging made them burn out. Tons of people burned out. People realized it was easier to tweet 160 characters or less than blog 800 words or less.

Those are my thoughts, but what about you guys? Feel free to comment. Or not 🙂 But for those of you brave adventure types who dare to comment anyway…what motivated you to do it?

Mandy out!