Introducing “What’s a Girl to Do?”


One thing I’ve never been is bored. I always have more than enough to do. And heaven knows I have more than enough interests, particularly professionally. I like to write about a multitude of topics—food, family, popular culture, music, history…….

Unfortunately, while I’m not bored I’m afraid lately I have become boring.

I’ve spent the last month or so trying to catch up on writing projects. Maybe I shouldn’t be catching up on more than one at a time, but I tend to be a multitasker with a vengeance.

In some ways this catch-up time has been and continues to be an amazing luxury. I spent so much of the past few years taking care of my mother that I seldom had time to work on long-term projects. Come to think of it, I seldom had time to work on short-term projects either.

My work is important to me. It seems unlikely that I will have children at this point so my writing is what will be left when I die.

I’m afraid, however, that my recent work hasn’t made my conversation scintillating or my horizons broader. And that HAS GOT TO CHANGE.

To remedy this blandness, ironically, I’m starting a new writing project. This blog. I figure that if I address myself to an audience weekly I’ll have to think of something interesting to say at least once every seven days.

And when one says something interesting, I find, one becomes more interesting.

The dilemma at the top of this blog is the one I face every day in my life. Given my varied professional interests—did I mention that I am a singer as well as a writer about all sorts of things?—how do I decide what to do each day, each week, and each year?

How do I organize my life so that I can honor and enjoy all my interests and somehow focus myself enough get something done and make a living? (Orphans don’t make a lot of money.)

I hope that this organization will honor my late mother Jan as well, whom many readers will recall from last year’s blog, Pulling Taffy. She was stubborn, occasionally exasperating, and busy beyond belief. But she was never, ever boring. And she had a huge zest for life. I’d be happy to think I’ve inherited some of that.

For now, I’m thinking about focus. And … I’m going to a cookbook conference in New York later this week! I’ll report back on that next week. Meanwhile, please hang in there with me. I hope as the weeks go by we’ll have a few good topics to chew on. I KNOW we’ll have a few laughs.

I should mention that my dear friend Peter came up with the name of this blog. (He loves naming things.) Thank you, Peter, for this and everything else you do for me!

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17 comments on “Introducing “What’s a Girl to Do?”

  1. Greta Perry says:

    New beginnings for the both of us! Up and onward my friend! And hey – it looks like you have a little Mardi Gras fever with “them beads.”

  2. Nancy Bischoff says:

    You mentioned that if you have something interesting to talk about, you’ll be more interesting. Let me tell you what my mother used to say — to be a really interesting conversationalist, just listen to the other guy. If you listen, really listen, and comment at all the right junctures, he will think you are a BRILLIANT conversationalist — simply because you listened to HIM!

  3. Betsy says:

    What fun! A new blog! I am always eager to read your work. you are an excellent writer and full of new ways of seeing the world and opening up new areas about which I know nothing!

    There is a wonderful book written by John Schuster on life cycles. When I can get on the Internet I’m glad to get you the name. I think it’s Hot Diggity. The theme is that there are times in life when we are not sure what our next focus will be. Just let it wallow for a while and it will become clear. Don’t push it!

  4. tut-tut says:

    I look forward to seeing what transpires here. As for me, I’m waiting for a few cookbooks from Amazon.co.uk; British cookbooks are my guilty (expensive) pleasure.

  5. Doris Matthews says:

    I’m in Tinky! This blog is ‘gonna be fun’!

  6. deb says:

    Hey Tinky
    ,I love the name of your new blog. It suits you.
    Love always
    Deb s

  7. Linda Petersen says:

    So happy to see a new blog on the horizon~~~~I know it will be fun!!

    Linda

  8. Buckey Grimm says:

    Tinky- You boring, Don’t think that is in any way part of your DNA. Looking forward to

    the ride on this blog.

    Best,

    Buckey

  9. Jack Estes says:

    More ‘Adventures of The Tink.” Looking forward to it.

  10. Faith Paul says:

    How in the world can I keep up with you? Clearly, I am going to have to budget my time more efficiently. Will I become interesting if I keep reading your blogs? Please say yes! Much, much love to you, Truffle, and Serious Kitten.
    Hugs,
    Faith

  11. Alice Kendrick says:

    As a former college roommate of Tinky’s, the word ‘boring’ never entered my mind then nor does it now. Too much evidence to the contrary — hiking in the Smoky Mountains in heels, having the title of the Univ of Tennessee film committee chair changed to Queen just in time for your ‘coronation’ (for which you wore a blue silk turban and were carried in by your ‘subjects’), and the list goes on. Excited to follow your newest adventure.
    Alice in Dallas

  12. Adelaide says:

    Hi Tinky,

    Good luck with your new blog. You are an amusing writer.

    Adelaide

  13. betsyanne says:

    I love your writing! I will be reading this with bells on. You are an adventurous person and so fun to listen to OR read. Love the necklace and the blog photos!!

  14. Jim Littrell says:

    So glad you’re doing this…after a bit of a break for me, it’ll be nice to be reading you again. You go, girl!

  15. Anne says:

    Dearest Tinky, may I offer you my very best wishes for your new blog!! I am sure it will be full of the wit and wisdom of all your other work. What to do? Do what your heart tells you, don’t do what you think you ought to do. We only have one life, we have to embrace it …… as your beloved Mum obviously did.
    Whatever you decide to do, I know you will succeed.
    With much love, Anne x

  16. Ramona says:

    Looking forward to following you on your new blog.

    • tinkyweisblat says:

      Greta, YES, I am definitely getting ready for Fat Tuesday!

      Nancy, an excellent point. I hope I’ll have lots of good comments on this blog so I can practice listening.

      Betsy, I’m looking for the book; thank you.

      tut-tut, how delicious.

      Doris, I think so, too.

      Deb, thank you. Please do keep reading.

      Linda, I appreciate the encouragement.

      Buckey and Alice, thank you for the reassurance. One tries. Maybe I need a turban now?

      Jack, that would have been a good title, too!

      Faith, you are already interesting.

      Adelaide, we aim to please.

      Jim, welcome back.

      Dear Anne, you are a comfort.

      Ramona, thank you!

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