Introduction to this rusty piece of junk (note: may contain an extended metaphor)Posted: July 3, 2011
The car was more rust than metal. It sat disused in the field for so long that grass intertwined with the shredded remains of tires as if they were never separate. Animals nested in its faded upholstery. Did it have any of its original parts anymore? Or was it just a shell that could never drive again?
For some time, I didn’t allow myself to think about it. I would come across it once in a while, look at it wistfully, then push it from my mind as I turned away to busy myself with other things. It wasn’t going anywhere. I could fix it up anytime I wanted. It wasn’t that bad, right?
The stretch of time is the lubrication for the gears of justification. Putting off the tough job, making excuses, needed no effort after months had passed. I had other things on my mind. Other things to do.
So here I am today, staring at that hunk of scrap metal and wondering what I can salvage. Yeah, it took me long enough, but I’m ready to work.
See, the car is my creativity, specifically my writing. See what I did there? I’m so clever. And sarcastic.
So yeah, I’m blogging again. I decided to start completely fresh rather than go back to the old one, mostly because I wanted to try Blogger and WordPress. Not sure which will be the permanent blog yet, so until I decide, I will maintain two identical blogs.
What is my purpose? Among other things:
- To be able to legitimately call myself a writer again. Hey, it’s a start.
- To express opinions and work on my self-censorship issues. I can’t please everyone, and I need to learn to deal with that. If people disagree with me, that’s fine.
- To exercise my atrophied creative muscles. This blog is just for fun, so I can experiment with sentence structure, word choice, and other general prose skills, should the urge strike me. If it sucks, no big deal.
And that seems like a satisfactory intro post. Goodnight.
P.S. I love how WordPress recommends links to place in the article (as in the “making excuses” example above). I’m going to be using that all the time at random opportunities.