Hi. I’m a graduate of Loyola University MD (formerly Loyola College) and a native and resident of Baltimore, MD. I have a BA in Writing, and my preferred methods of expression are poetry and essay, with the occasional indulgence in writing fiction.
Personal blogging background
I’ll be honest: I’ve tried blogging numerous times in an attempt to establish both an internet presence and a current portfolio of my writing. Unfortunately, those attempts never worked out because I never really thought I had anything to say. I could have easily talked about my day, but I’m not the type of person to tell strangers what I’m thinking. I could have easily talked about politics or current events, but truthfully, I prefer having those discussions in person. I just think you learn more about people that way. I could have talked about music, television, or movies, but I’m the type of person to shout out random comments while watching or listening to movies, TV, or music. Writing my thoughts out just doesn’t happen.
Why this blog then?
Yesterday (October 18, 2011), I built a bookshelf in my bedroom that had been sitting in a box for three months. After organizing my books on it, it occurred to me that I hadn’t actually read in a while. At some point, while looking for a job and simultaneously trying to regain a sense of childhood by watching cartoons and searching for Legends of the Hidden Temple episodes on YouTube and Google Video, I stopped reading. So I decided that a good way to keep myself honest was to start a blog where I commented on the books I was reading. Then it occurred to me that there are probably a lot of people who already do that online and in real life (i.e. book clubs), which meant I should try to narrow my focus a bit.
As a result, that lead to the basis of this blog. With every book I read, I will pick a sentence or sentences and write about what I think of those words. Sometimes that will mean a serious contemplation on life, sometimes that will mean a comment on craft, and sometimes that will mean a comment on dogs. Seriously. The sentences guide the topic. Also, I’m going to do my best to keep each entry a relatively reasonable length, meaning under 1000 words per post.
How often will this blog be updated?
I’ll try to update at least once a week, but more likely than not there will be more than one update per week. It doesn’t really need to be said, but I’ll say it: there are a lot of sentences in books, and more than one sentence can make an impact.
Thanks for taking the time to read.