I have always wanted to be a writer as early as I can remember. My novelist aspirations, however, suffered continuous distraction – teenage angst made poetry the more suitable outlet, frat parties (and oh yeah pursuing an undergraduate degree) then took priority. After that focus shifted to trying to hang on to the lower rung of a corporate ladder. Now, finally, I find myself ready to revisit my long lost hobby only to find that part of my brain is out of shape like a… like a I don’t know what because my ability to jot down a witty simile has been replaced by Corporate jargon such as ‘leverage’ and ‘let’s take this offline’.
I tell myself I just need some vernacular exercise and that I haven’t gotten dumber (or is it more dumb?). I now faithfully subscribe to Merriam-Webster’s word-of-the-day email, trying to counteract those daily hours of creating bulleted powerpoint slides that require no grammatical correctness and my nightly hours of watching back-to-back episodes of Family Guy on TBS.
I recently abandoned my second partially finished novel with the dismayed feeling that I may not even have the stamina to complete anything Kindle-worthy. But, ah, to the rescue of all attention deficit writers comes the blog. How, however, do I prevent the debasement of my writing and not succumb to mundane observations as banal as Facebook wall posts? I will have succeeded if my readers are not screaming internally ‘WHO CARES??!!’ as I do when I read such things like “My cat just yawned” and then find myself wishing that the ‘Poke’ option was really a Punch.
With the fear I may already be showing some hypocrisy with this lengthy self-introduction, I will conclude here to move on to more interesting topics. I cannot provide a punch button but all cyber-slaps can be posted to any comments on my blogs.
Deirdre is a Princeton-area resident who, when not blogging, likes to run, read and compete with her husband’s iPhone for his attention. She also loves traveling, good food, fashion and being in denial of her age which are also her most favorite writing topics.