The Internet Is A Scary Place
like many people, i’ve always wanted to keep a blog. who knows how many times i’ve started a blog and quit without telling a soul.
i’d post a couple essays, poems, ramblings about my love affair with ben & jerry’s ice cream but nothing ever felt up to par.
perhaps you’re wondering, "what’s the par you’ve created for yourself though, sammi?"
oh, just the quality of best selling novelist stephen king, or award-winning poets like nikki giovanni or carl sandburg, and definitely like pulitzer prize winners annie dillard or eudora welty.
you know, an english major graduate has gotta have her standards.
but can i tell you something? i don’t think these standards have helped make my work any better. the only thing it’s caused me to do is to read a whole lot more and with more variety.
and THANK GOODNESS i have done that. the past few years i’ve been reading up self-help books as if they were my prescription for my frequent panic attacks. i felt like they manuals for fixing my weak heart, but honestly, some days i feel more crushed by depression than i ever have.
i stand strong by the belief that creative literature is important — especially the classics. i think it teaches us how to view life from a different perspective, it allows us to escape in alternate universes, and gives us permission to dream up crazy stories and ideas.
my only problem with it which is totally MY PROBLEM is that i’ve allowed my standard for writing to be the same standard as people who have been writing for a MILLION YEARS. eh, maybe on average 20 years or so? i have only started taking my personal writing as a serious pursuit this past january.
which leads me to right now: the official kickstart of my blog! all posts prior to this one are pieces i’ve written this year but have lived in different homes across the internet. i like that they now all have the same home and that i’ll see them each time i’m here to drop off a new addition. my hope is that by having this space, i will be more likely to put my work out into the world; more likely to dream, to write, and to share.