This post is going to be all about me, as usual. But in thinking about myself and how things are going, this post might affect those who read this a little too. I mentioned in an earlier post this week, that our fiscal year end comes to a close and things start slowing down. It is in these slower moments that as an introvert, I take a little time to reflect. I’ve been thinking a lot about my writing and how it has progressed from my first posts. Back then I would just start out thinking about something obvious that would make me mad, like traffic or trees or Facebook that everyone thought about, but as I continued writing about things, I started to see more depth and meaning behind my posts. You may not notice, but through all the sarcasm and wittiness there is some pretty heavy meanings behind some of my posts. Not all of them, but sometimes hidden under all the silliness and subcontext there is a layer. Maybe not cake, but definitely an onion.
Some of you might know that I’ve been writing a book for a long time(about six years) and it takes a lot of time. It’s a pretty epic book and would make a pretty awesome movie, but the more I delay working on it, the more I risk the idea getting stolen. There are starting to be more movies and books that are similar. Of course, the way I write it, it will be different because I’m writing it right? (is that enough rights for you?) But, between full time work, a full time family, a full time hobby (video games) and full time laziness, there isn’t a whole lot of time. So, I think about it and wonder, Should I make my novel into a short story? Or a kids book? Should I cut out something in my life? Like sleeping? Or eating? The job? The family? Should I learn to apparate so I can make it places faster?
Then I thought about the blog. Yeah, it’s award nominated (see just about any post in the last month), and yeah there are a few people that like to read my poorly executed rough drafted posts, but Micheal Jordan walked out in his prime, why wouldn’t I walk out in my bitter prime? Or, should I reinvent the blog to something that takes less time? Like drawing stick figures and posting two words about them? Then, one day, I was out pulling weeds, and it hit me. I am a Gardner. Not by profession, but by last name. I’ve never done much gardening. I may have cut grass before and my mom made me do weeding a couple of times when I was growing up, but that’s it. I need to live up to my legacy. I need to learn how to Garden. So I decided that I am going to start. And I am going to write about my adventures. Take pictures. Talk about dirt, and weeds and grass and fertilizer and mulch, even the best gardening tools. And what better way to be able to reflect, and think about blog posts. And about book ideas. And my family will be so happy that I actually got off the couch and made their grass so much greener (on the other side). I know it sounds crazy, but I’m going to start a new blog about gardening. So, I’m just hoping that if you were brave enough to follow my bitter blog, which I will still keep up from time to time, you will follow me to my gardening blog too. We’ll have the best dirt time ever! Who knows, maybe I will have some bitter gardening experiences and combine the two.
So here is my big leap! You can connect with my new blog, THE BIG GARDENING TOOL. Because I’m the biggest tool! Until then, may the grass be with you!
Bitter Gardening Tool Ben