Last week the amazing Danika Dinsmore invited me to participate in a “blog hop.” After much consideration (.00257 seconds), I said, “Abso*****lutely! What’s a blog hop?”
A blog hop, it turns out, is a themed pass-it-along blog post. The theme for this one is Writing Process and, specifically, these three questions:
Well, gird your loins folks because here are my fascinating and informative answers.
Over the years I’ve had a few blogs, always written under pseudonyms. My thinking was that if I’m writing as someone else I’ll be less likely to censor myself. I’ll tell it like it is, straight from the heart. Sounds good, right? The literary equivalent of a nudist beach. The flipside, of course, is that if the writing stinks I don’t have to take responsibility for it. I can just let it all hang out and to hell with what anyone thinks. Also kind of like a nudist beach.
Of course, blogging isn’t really anything like a nudist beach. But I’m leaving it in because for some reason I’m thinking about nudist beaches and, hey, just imagine the keyword hits! (To you folks who came here looking for stuff about nudist beaches, sorry. Here’s a link to the only bum beach I know: Wreck Beach. I hear it’s good.)
The first rule of blogging is to have a theme. Cooking, for example. Or gluten free cooking – that would be better. And even better would be gluten free breakfasts for kids and fussy teenagers. Unfortunately, I’m afraid I must disappoint again, because this blog isn’t really about anything in particular. It is intentionally random. Hey look, an eagle! That said, I have forced some structure onto the blog, mostly because this theme required me to have categories, but also because these are, broadly speaking, the kind of writing I do: Figments (articles, stories, observations, shit I make up), Fragments (short articles, ideas, and even, gasp, poems) and Wanderings (travel writing mostly, but perhaps other things too). There’s also a Contact page in case you need some sage advice, want to offer me a very large publishing contract (hint, hint) or are looking for a hot date. Oh, and a gallery where, if I ever figure out how to do it, I will post collections of my eccentric photos (which, incidentally, are all by me unless otherwise credited).
So welcome to my blog. It’s the real me. Some posts will be better than others, some will inform and entertain (Did you know that the word “porcelain” is derived from the shape of a sow’s vulva?), others will simply explore things I’m interested in. I don’t promise to update daily, but I do promise to tell the truth (where appropriate) and to stay on topic as well as I can. Nudist beaches, nudist beaches, nudist beaches!