When I first decided to start blogging I had no real concept of what I was getting into. This pretty much sums me up…I’ve no concrete concept of what I’m doing or even what I want to do. I just do…and sometimes to very adverse outcomes, but I won’t focus on that.
I had no idea how blogs ‘work’ or that they should have a theme or purpose, I didn’t even bother to check out a few before diving in. (Which is another thing I’ve been known to do…the whole ‘diving in’ thing.) The concept of…things I LOVE seemed cool at the time. It left the door wide open to write about anything at all…and I love wide open doors.
I soon found it challenging to write only about positive things and not come off sounding ‘new-agey’ or ‘spiritual’. I am neither new-age nor spiritual… really. I find no shortage of awe inspiring wonders in the universe and see no evidence to suggest they are the result of magic, design, or cosmic intervention. I write about the good stuff because I’ve absolutely no time or interest in focusing on what doesn’t work for me, or what I’ve failed at, or what humanity has failed at. I rather focus on the elegance and beauty of a totally weird and imperfect universe, and the wondrous achievements humankind has made as opposed to the self-defeating horrors we’re capable of.
There’s a quote by Robert Heinlein which I really like…..A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects. (Time Enough For Love)
I’m taking Heinlein up on this challenge. I’ve worn many hats, played many roles, and I find I’m adequate in a lot of little things, but not especially great at any one thing. I love to learn, to experience something new, and I’m always looking for people to learn from. This said…I do greatly adore and admire specialists! I’ve been very fortunate to have met others who are completely focused and passionate about their work and I really enjoy feeding off that passion, that intensity, for that one thing they are entirely absorbed it. Since it’s a focus, a dedication, I find lacking in myself I latch on like a vampire feeding at a fresh vein. I want to learn everything about it, to experience it, to understand whatever it is which attracts them to it, and to add it to the ever growing list of…things I LOVE!
About me (the basics): I’m a writer, originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, and currently residing in San Antonio, Texas. In addition to New Orleans and San Antonio, I’ve also lived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Atlanta, Georgia, as well as in the countries of Australia, Timor Leste, and Jamaica.