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Blog Slog Ramblings

Blog Slog Ramblings

Paprika Clark sits on the battery storage bench on the front porch of the first tiny house built by her company, Bungalow to Go. Photo by Dylan Pankow.

The RealTimeRealTiny blog was my way of sharing the process of building one tiny house. This one tiny house represents the beginning of a diverse sustainable entrepreneurial venture with a vision, long-term goals, and infinitely branching possibilities in the near future. Its a choose-your-own-adventure novel where I’m writing my filler and making my choices as I go along, but all the scenarios have choices I didn’t even predict were possible, much less write myself. Or it’s the world’s most expensive role-playing game, and the GM isn’t even talking to me. I just keep rolling the dice, making the best choices I can, and making the best of what comes.

Part of the reason I haven’t had more time for blogging consistently as I directed this first tiny house build was because at the same time I’ve been mothering two children, nurturing a ten year marriage, working my indie online bookstore, doing freelance marketing, editing, and web design jobs to pay bills, and trying to create the marketing plan, business model, and identity for the building company. Oh! And let’s not forget the intermittent bouts of insanity where I do all that PLUS try to be the best local shopping slow food organic gourmet comfort food creator edible garden designer crafting mamma and all around good citizen you ever saw. It’s a tall order. And don’t forget giving my fabulous and deserving friends some attention, watching Maddow, reading Gilbert, learning to salsa, and getting my exercise on the Wii.

Altogether, it’s been a challenge to do the blogging thing, and I regret that because I’m so glad whenever I get it done. I’m happy with the way the whole exercise feels in my brain. My method is to have a written conversation with an imaginary perfect audience I fabricate in my mind. My “devoted readers” are always attentive, interested in whatever I care to share, and receptive to new ideas. They’re diverse enough to encourage me to be thoughtful in exercising brevity, ordering my ideas logically, using clear syntax, and keeping the “talk” flowing conversationally – but I just know they’re going to receive what I write with warmth and openness. It’s a feeling you just don’t encounter in daily life all that much.

Paprika Clark

I’m a lifelong student of language, art, and human nature: an ENFP Aries Fire Dragon Sex Positive Intersectional Feminist Independent. Join me as I feel my way through this. If you have any questions, send them my way - as far as I'm concerned, every day is an Ask Me Anything.

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