a million-and-one monkeys

Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.

—Gene Fowler

Like someone who’s clawed, bit, and fought her way through a dense jungle for several years, and has emerged on the other side, at last, here I am, in the magic valley, clearing, meadow, whatever that I was trying so hard to reach, and the adventure’s just about to begin!

Only, after all that drama, I feel like I’m just about ready to expire.

The year is 2009. Everyone and his dog has been keeping a blog for  years by now. The phenomenon is so passé that it may actually be trendier to go around deleting all the blogs you’ve written. The anti-blog. The non-blog. The un-blog.

And then there’s me… “metamorphosing” at last, not a butterfly but a cicada, having spent the last 7 years of my life as a fat grub curled up in the damp earth under some ancient, rotting tree. I smell like leaf mould and look like tektite and my coming-out party is marked by the start of the rainy season.

We’ve heard that a million monkeys at a million keyboards could produce the complete works of Shakespeare; now, thanks to the Internet, we know that is not true.

Robert Wilensky, speech at a 1996 conference

Honestly, I don’t know why I’ve even bothered to launch this, except that I have just spent the past week learning the most rudimentary sort of web geekery, and now that I have actually managed to “insert my API Endpoint and change the nameservers on my DNS settings”

⎨Good. God.⎬

..I feel like I’ve earned the right to start, yes!, “another blog by some would-be-writer and artist chick.”

A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.

Thomas Mann (1875 – 1955)

If it’s good enough for Mann, hey, it’s good enough for me! One reason that it has taken me 10 years to write my first blog entry is that I hate writing. Writing is nothing but pain. But this blog is mainly about my bookbinding projects, tips and ideas on a whole bunch of art & craft techniques, what inspires me, what repels me, and anything else I’m into (philodendrons one month, photography the next, it changes all the time) that isn’t heavily word-based, so I think I can manage to keep up with the posts, daze you with pics, and keep the text to a minimum.

To be a well-flavored man is the gift of fortune, but to write or read comes by nature.

William Shakespeare


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