From the time I learned to read, I read everything I could get my hands on for many years. I can’t read very often now, but that’s a different story for a different time. I absolutely love language in all its dimensions and permutations. And reading taught me how to write, which I have also done for as long as I can remember.
I tried to write fiction for many years. I come up with characters, concepts, a voice. But my writing is flat. I fabricate dialogue that is stilted and unnatural; my characters are one dimensional, my story lines zig and zag and never go anywhere. In my mind, if you can’t write fiction, you’re not a writer.
And along came the internet, and with it blogging. It appealed to me right away, but what would I write about? Seinfeld had already beat me to the punch on my typical observational humor. If I wanted to continue my gainful employment I couldn’t write about work, which takes up at least 75% of my time, and throngs of people were already writing about TV, which consumes the remaining 25% of my time. So I went along, blogless.
Writing-wise, I hit the jackpot when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. With a good dose of my usual sarcasm, I blogged my way through a mastectomy, chemo, and breast reconstruction. It was my joy and my salvation. And somewhere along the way, it finally dawned on me that writing non-fiction is writing too.
But all good things must come to an end. Before I knew it I was cured and patched back up, which was great for my health but lousy for my writing. I’ve wanted to start a new blog for a long time, but I was uninspired.
Several months ago I had the good fortune to reconnect with a friend and former colleague, a brilliant woman whom I have long admired for her array of talents, including writing. As it turned out, she had retired from legal and become a consultant, and a hugely talented blogger. Her blog, http://waitingforthekarmatruck.com is the very essence of Mimi, and a real treat. Smart, funny, thought provoking, moving and a simply great read. It was also just the kick start I needed to get me thinking about my own worldview and experiences and how I could express myself as a blogger.
So today, I officially kick off my blog. I hope that my musings impart some form of wisdom, a good laugh, or just a change of pace.