What a slippery word, eh? All mewly and lipsmacky slurry. Can’t you just see the poor critter, sliding down a wet path, having tripped on a branch and being walloped in the face by aspen switches, a cougar sniffing down her scent as she splats into a puddle at the bottom? Yah.

That’s me in the puddle, covered in my special homemade, organic, spring-fed, no additives mud. Fed by vanity. Sprung from flattery. Ego-inflated. Good old-fashioned hubris with a splash of comedy. The mud of aspiration, of daring to aspire to writing beyond blogging. I still do. But foolishly, I abandoned a lovely blog and lovely bloggers and lovely followers, thinking I needed to move on and be A SERIOUS WRITER and DO SERIOUS WRITING and I decided it couldn’t be done while blogging.

Pffft. *Sits ass in mud and takes another bath, carefully applies gobs over the already hardened layer to ensure thorough coverage.*

Six weeks have passed since the so-called withdrawal during which I blogged everyday here – albeit really stinky shit, as opposed to scent-free shit – wrote three new decent pieces of work and sent off something to an essay contest. Plus, I created two fictional characters – sweet and salty Lady Smock and Harry Bittercress – out of my very own mud-spattered imagination. I didn’t even know I could do that. Take that, you schlemiel!

You want to know what I’m going to do here? I wish I knew. Probably creative non-fiction and chit chat about this and that. But I’m also going to share more. Out there swirling in the potholes and puddles of the blogosphere’s sodden byways there are some really stupendous, smart, funny, magnificently clever bloggers. When I find a good one I’ll let you know.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to take a shower while I can still bend my mud-caked knees.


22 thoughts on “Schlemiel

  1. Bruce Goodman April 15, 2015 / 5:50 pm

    I’ve always heard that mud does wonders for the complexion; and now I know the truth…

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      • Bruce Goodman April 16, 2015 / 4:59 pm

        I looked into your mirror and saw a beautiful complexion smile back at me…


      • redosue April 16, 2015 / 5:37 pm

        Your reflection speaks well of itself.


  2. Julie Ethan April 15, 2015 / 6:59 pm

    I love you! It’s the transparency 🙂
    And I’m dying to know how you figured out the “notify me of new posts via email” – I spent hours trying to track that down one day, and I think the problem is my blog is set up on a pre-canned template that doesn’t have this widget/option.
    P.S. Welcome home

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    • redosue April 15, 2015 / 7:24 pm

      I think I’m crazy as a bedbug sometimes, Julie but thanks! As for the WP master control buttons, I too have spent hours of my life trying to “fix” things. I believe the notify thing you’re talking about is under “Discussion”.


      • redosue April 15, 2015 / 8:36 pm

        The button is under Settings THEN you click discussion.


      • Julie Ethan April 15, 2015 / 9:26 pm

        I found the place you speak of, but unfortunately there is no option for this feature. Again, I remember researching this forever. It’s something to do with how I’m using WP or my template. Maybe it’s time for a redo?
        🙂 Hugs!


      • redosue April 15, 2015 / 9:36 pm

        Must be your theme. That’s really strange. I’d a thought that would be a standard feature. Yes, I’m all about the redo!


      • Julie Ethan April 16, 2015 / 7:07 pm

        I feel like I’m stealing wind from your post by posting my technical problems, ha ha, but I posted on a wordpress forum and got an answer, the same one you all have suggested, and lo and behold, the box to notify of new blog posts is there. I swear it was not a few months ago. But it’s there and I’m probably just delusional. And it’s checked. Nevertheless, had you not started a new blog, I would still be tossing and turning at night, wondering why I could not have the coveted feature, too.

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      • redosue April 16, 2015 / 8:21 pm

        I’m not opposed to hijacking threads at all. I think that’s part of the conversation! Good to know that Donna and I are as savvy as the WP cognoscenti. I feel very smart!


  3. Donna Gwinnell Lambo-Weidner April 15, 2015 / 10:14 pm

    JULIE…go to READER>>Blogs I follow>> hit the gear thingy>> it gives you the list so then just ‘edit’…NOW…thankfully I’m able to connect the dots, or I’d be very confused. BUT I guess I’d follow you anywhere – well, almost… 🙂 🙂

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    • redosue April 16, 2015 / 11:15 am

      Donna, you are a sparkling jewel in my day. Thanks for being here.


    • redosue April 17, 2015 / 5:52 pm

      Oh yes! No shortage of percolating bubbles.


  4. Rosanna April 18, 2015 / 2:49 pm

    I love reading about Harry and Lady Smock, but this new blog is great! With English as a second language, I had to google ‘redosue’ but there’s nothing on the word. I’ve read 10,000 steps and still don’t understand what the word means, but hey, who cares…just glad to see you doing non-fiction again! Good luck with your submissions!


    • redosue April 18, 2015 / 2:57 pm

      RedoSue is me, Rosanna – re do Sue. Redoing myself, again! Always revising and reinventing and recreating! Thanks for coming here. 10,000 Steps came from Menomama3 I think March 2013 and I thought I’d put it up here. It was one of my favourites. Submissions are slow. I’m finding I’m a bit cowardly and afraid of the inevitable rejection!


      • Rosanna April 18, 2015 / 3:18 pm

        Ok, got, it Sue! Good luck with your re do…!

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  5. Rosanna April 18, 2015 / 3:14 pm

    I love Harry and Lady Smock, but this new blog is great, Susanne! I had to google “redosue,” because I couldn’t understand what it means even after reading 10,000 steps….google has nothing on the word… anyway, cheers for this new blog!


  6. Rosanna April 18, 2015 / 3:16 pm

    Oooops, I knew I posted the comment but it disappeared, so I wrote another one….anyway….that’s how glad I am about this new blog!

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  7. harmonioustew April 30, 2015 / 11:42 pm

    Thanks for liking my blog post. I’m glad to hear your latest literary incarnation is going well. You’re a talented writer and you might as well let the world know.


    • redosue May 1, 2015 / 12:19 am

      I wouldn’t say it is going well. It’s just going and I don’t know where it’s going and I feel rather old to be doing this and what’s the point and … doubts to infinity and beyond. Thanks for coming over to this blog, Stew.


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