Maybe because Jim and my wedding anniversary is today (15 years!), I found myself
thinking about other anniversary dates. I realized that right about now is the two-year anniversary of Wednesday Wanderings.
I started writing these public meanders on January 20, 2010, with a piece about attending a performance of Twelfth Night. Since then, I’ve kept my resolve to go all over the place. In the last year, I’ve written about my own publications (including my first ventures into e-books), books I’ve read, and a whole lot about writing as a craft and business.
I’ve also written about Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” my garden, guinea pigs, our singularly horrible weather, and rocks.
This year also marked the start of the Thursday Tangent which I write with Alan Robson of New Zealand. Alan and I started in June of 2011. Every time we think we’ve run out of things to talk about, some chance bit in one of our personal e-mails gets us going again. The current series on Australia owes its origin to a passing comment I made about going out to dinner with a friend.
Some of my readers have asked why – given how organized I am in most aspects of my life – I haven’t taken the time to catagorize these blogs. Well, there are two reasons. One is that when it comes to doing stuff on my computer, I’d rather write or answer e-mail than fuss around doing categorization.
The other is that from the start I’ve intended these to be one place in my life I don’t need to be organized. These blogs are somewhere I can ramble on, whether about writing or a good book or that camel I saw when I was out hiking. I approach these with a lot more pleasure knowing I can write about whatever is on my mind, rather than to a specific theme.
However, that doesn’t mean I’m not open to themes.
I’d like to pause here to thank those of you who have taken the time to comment, either in response to my piece or in response to other comments. I’ve enjoyed reading those comments and I particularly enjoy when a lively back and forth develops.
My thanks includes those of you who read the Wednesday Wanderings (or the Thursday Tangents) but are too shy to comment on the site. Thanks so much for making the effort to e-mail me and let me know your thoughts. (firstname.lastname@example.org will usually reach me, though I’m slower to reply on weekends.)
Some of my wanderings have been in direct response to something someone has written in a comment. Nicholas Wells made a comment to “It’s Out” when my novel Five Odd Honors was released that generated the next week’s “Forgetting a Child” (WW 5-12-10, 5-19-10).
Sometimes the connection is less concrete but what I write about evolves from an ongoing discussion. The ideas might mull around for a few weeks and then come galloping forth. In fact, one of the things I do before writing the next week’s Wandering is to go check the comments, just to see if anything sparks.
As much as I like wandering, I also hope readers will enjoy joining me on the trip. If there’s anything you want to hear about, don’t hesitate to ask. At the very least, you may see your idea coming back around in a different form.
Last year about this time (WW 2-02-11) I said “yokatta” to you all for joining me in my wanderings. Once again, I am so very glad to have shared this time with you.