Before I release an avalanche of stories relating to recent, epic goings-on involving my bicycle, I’d like to send you off on a lovely little side journey.
One of my all-time idols, Cynthia, invited me to participate in a Tour Through Blogland (TTB). Cynthia writes beautifully (and sometime pathologically) on her Flotsam of the Mind blog about all the things I might have done if I had decided to do all the normal things in life, like: buying a home, getting married, having kids, and being a generally responsible adult. I love that she exists because she is perfectly living (and writing and photographing) the life I would have lived “if only….” When I read her blog posts, it feels like I’m reading about a secret me. The me I might have been, if only…
This weirdness feels extra titillating given that I’ve harbored a giant girl crush on her from the moment we met. She’s gorgeous! All the boys like her! Her grammar is impeccable! She is so organized! She’s witty and sharp and sardonic, yet somehow also lovely and charming. She’s simply irresistible. In 1996, these were all the things I aspired to attain. She made me think they might be attainable and I’ve been chasing after her ever since.
First, I learned how to shoot a tater gun. Next, I got really into country music. Then I took over from her as Managing Editor of the law review and followed her into M&A/securities law. I never did learn how to make all the boys like me though, which is probably how we ended up living our parallel, mirror-image lives…
Anyhow, to have Cynthia use the following words to invite me to join the TTB: “I love your blog, and more of the world should read it” is pretty much THE biggest honor to ever be propounded upon my writing! The gorgeous, organized, popular, witty, grammar guru thinks the world should read more of my drivel?!? I swoon!
Before I commence the obligatory TTB duties, I would commend you, dear reader, to go check out Cynthia’s http://www.flotsamofthemind.com — it’s kinda like the me I might have been, only better!
Now then, to the TTB duties…
I am obligated to answer the following four (4) questions:
1) What am I working on?
2) How does my work differ from others in its genre?
3) Why do I write/create what I do?
4) How does my writing/creating process work?
It will not surprise you to learn that I will not answer the questions in the order presented. Instead I will go 4-2-3-1.
How does my writing/creating process work?
Well, when I first started blogging, I actually had a very stringent process, which I wrote about HERE. Back then, I desperately needed that type of structure because my brain was still all sorts of scrambled and the only way to make it work (sort of) was to give it regular, controlled, carefully monitored exercise and feedback.
Nowadays, however, my axons can more easily handle random bursts of thoughts and activity. Spontaneity has resumed its rightful place in my life. I do not have “a process” anymore. Shit happens. I write about it. FIN.
How does my work differ from others in its genre?
Uh. I’m pretty sure that there is no “genre” for “brain damaged, bike-and-bacon addicts who eat challenges for breakfast and thrive on making people think.” But if any of you know others out there who are blogging about this kind of stuff, I’d love to invite them to join the TTB!
And I guess I’d also be curious to find out if y’all think I’ve appropriately identified my “genre”…
Why do I write/create what I do?
In the beginning (before the brain bashing), and as explained in my very first blog post (HERE) it was to get y’all off my case about the whole “you should write a book” thing. So far, that plan has worked. I still get to write and I don’t have to “really publish” anything. Awesome all around!
Post-brain bashing, however, this place has become my virtual memory bank. I write about things that I really want to “remember” — except that I don’t ever actually “remember” them in any sort of real-or-spontaneous way. I just read and re-read them over and over again, a lot, and eventually come to more-or-less memorize and ultimately sorta-kinda assimilate these stories into my life.
This blog reminds me who I am and keeps me in my touch with my past so that I can build a future that is grounded in “truth” (or at least some version of stability).
What am I working on?
Whatever’s in the moment.
Bigger picture? I dunno — I guess I’m working on crafting a life that makes for good reading…
And now I’m also supposed to introduce 3 blog writers who I think are great and I gather that I also was supposed to ask them in advance if they wanted to be “nominated” for this TTB thing (because I am supposed to provide their bios, as Cynthia did when she introduced me to her readers, HERE). But I’ve been on the road and totally incommunicado, so I’m going to just go kamikazi on this part of the TTB assignment.
I think you readers would really dig the following three blogs:
1. The aforementioned Flotsam of the Mind, for the reasons previously mentioned.
2. Cycling in the South Bay, because Seth grows beautiful fields of wildflower lies from seeds of glorious truth — often about cycling, but not always. And the “not always” stuff is unfairly brilliant.
3. Thank You. Cooperate., because who doesn’t love good food porn? And Mykl is a lazy-ass writer who doesn’t post nearly often enough, so maybe if a bunch of you start flooding his page he might get off the stick and give me more to drool over….
That is all.