And It Came From the Blog: Personal Posts
It was a dark and stormy night. Scurries crept, shadows lurked, stenches wafted, and slithers slunk. The crickets and toads dared not whisper, much less chirp or croak. The only disturbance in all that boggy, fetid tableau was the madman digging with his shovel. Covered in slop and mire from head to toe, he raised and hauled his shovel with dogged persistence. Slowly, bit by swampy bit, he strained to uncover What Lay Beneath. Was it a water-logged tomb? A long-imprisioned monstrosity buried in mud and grime, waiting to be unleashed upon sleeping humanity? Or something even darker and more sinister still? Only the madman knew for sure just what had brought him out in the middle of the night into The Blog!
…Ahem. Well forgive me for that silly and rather overwrought introduction. Just having a little fun with the title. So what’s this really all about? Well, as I mentioned last time, I’m doing a retrospective look back on 4 years of this site. And despite the dark tone of that little introduction, I can assure you there are no skeletons in these closets. Or anything else that might go bump in the night.
Each week I’ll be looking at some of the posts I’m most proud of from yesteryear (or even recently). I’ll be grouping them into categories or themes. And to start things off let’s look at some of the more personal posts.
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I’m not a big fan of treating online technology as my World Wide Diary, blabbing about anything and everything that enters my mind. Loose lips sink ships and all that. But at the end of the day, everything I choose to share tells something about me, I think. And sometimes I do think it is appropriate to open the castle drawbridge a crack and share from the heart. I’ve certainly benefitted from reading about the struggles and triumphs of people whom I may never meet and it is my hope that someone, somewhere might read what I’ve written and nod their head and find comfort in knowing that all who wander are not lost. So with that in mind, here are a few of my favorite “personal posts.”
The Tapestry Poem
I can still remember what prompted the writing of this one. I was driving to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription for my wife who suffers from chronic and very painful rheumatoid arthritis. And on the radio Alistair Begg read this poem. I don’t usually listen to the radio in the car (usually I’m too busy plotting out the next novel or scene I’m working on), but that day I did. And these were just the words a fragile and frail person like me needed to hear at that moment.
I originally thought the poem was written by Corrie Ten Boom (that’s what the internet told me), but a couple of commenters corrected me on this so I amended what I originally wrote. Apparently this poem resonates with a lot more people than just me, because this post has become the #1 most viewed page on my site. At the time of this post, it’s had around 3000 views which is a lot for a rather obscure site like mine. If you haven’t read this poem, or even if you have, I’d highly recommend checking it out. It really is such a powerful and moving bit of verse.
Let it Snow
This one is my little “Ode to Winter,” written at a time when the climate wasn’t quite cooperating with my notions of what January is supposed to be. This is to all those northern folks who have been displaced to sunnier lands for the winter. Not that I want it to be “Always winter, never Christmas,” but I think it’s natural for “northern” folk like me to miss the fluffy white diamonds floating down from the sky every once in a while.
My Reading Journey
This one is technically a series as well (I plan to touch on those more in a later post) but it was a highly personal series so I’m putting it here. Wow, was this a fun trip to take; going back over all the books that had most impacted me over the years. I’d highly recommend trying this if you’re a book lover. It was like a school or family reunion, going back and meeting old friends. I got to see the “story behind the stories” so to speak as one book led to another and helped shape the reader and even the person I ended up coming to be.
Dicetower Con 2015: The Games the Thing
Outside of writing, I probably spend more time playing board games with my family than anything else. Over the last few years I’ve played hundreds of them and probably bought more than I should. My home office is dominated by book shelves and board game shelves. And when I found out about a five day convention in Orlando, Florida that involved nothing more than playing board games, it seemed like a dream come true. Yes, I’ve been to Disneyworld, but for me, the happiest place on earth is actually the Dicetower convention. We loved it so much, we went back in 2016 and hope to make it for a third time in 2017!
More to come
And there you have it. A few of my favorite personal posts. Any of these resonate with you? When you read a blog do you enjoy reading these kinds of posts? Would you like to see more of this kind? Let me know in the comments below!
We’ll see you next time with more treasures from the blog.