Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Welcome to Fictiffous!

I know, silly title. (You should see my brainstorm list!)

I've got to be honest, I've resisted blogging for years now. It's odd really, considering I religiously kept journals growing up, and was so terrified of them magically disappearing that to this day, they are kept in the fireproof safe Santa brought me one year. But for some reason, when it came to putting my thoughts out there in cyberspace, for anyone to see...it just didn't feel enticing. It doesn't help that one of my recent obsessions has been with the film The Social Network, and when I've thought of creating a blog, I've remembered that biting scene halfway through when Mark's girlfriend very snidely remarks, "It didn't stop you from writing it, as if every thought that tumbles through your head was so clever it would be a crime for it not to be shared." I am certainly not so arrogant that I think every thought tumbling through my head ought to be shared...nevertheless, here I am.

I'm writing this because I am a writer, first and foremost, and this is what we do. We write. Usually I do it privately, from the safety of my couch, penning young adult novels on the same first-generation netbook I'm using right now. But at some point, I have to step into the new millenium. And considering I'm still (barely) under 30, it's a shame that it's taken me this long.

So I'm not promising a daily gem, or anything remotely life-changing. Maybe I'm writing this more for me than anyone else. But the truth is my journals are dusty, and my keyboard is clean. And that means that no matter what I tell myself, I'm not writing this for me.

My aim for this blog is to talk about anything that strikes me in the world of fiction, whether it's books, movies, the art of writing, the search for an agent, or anything else that pops up. Because I don't keep a regular journal anymore, from time to time bits of my own life (quite firmly grounded in reality) will seep in, and for that, I apologize in advance. But I figure that my life revolves around fiction anyway--I am a novelist, after all--so the two must be related. At least for me.

My philosophy will be, the more the merrier! Tell me what you think, ask me questions, post comments, let me know what you'd like to see next. I'm open to anything, and hope that some interesting things will be in the future of this blog. Who knows? Maybe I'll figure this out after all!

If you've gotten this far, thanks for reading, and I hope to see more of you in the future...

TJ