So, it’s about 2:20 AM as I start writing this post. I’ve been avoiding going to sleep because I have a practical test tomorrow (over making sushi and a few other Asian delicacies, none of which I have immense experience with) and I don’t want it to be morning. So what better time to write a little on my blog/site/whatever Just Plain Something is.
I started this almost a year ago (and I’ll write a proper anniversary post at the right date, I promise) and it was really because I was lost. Even since I was 13, I wrote in a series of notebooks. Most of it was sappy poems and angsty poems and sappy/angsty poems that stemmed from the frustrating solitude I felt for those four years. There were a few pieces here and there that were good (even when I’ve read them recently, there were nuggets of inspiration there) and throughout all of high school I wanted to “be a writer” when I “grew up”. When I got to college, the obvious choice was English Writing. And I got my degree, but the person who left college was not the same person who came in. For one, I had found a great partner and best friend in my boyfriend Mike and much of my need for expression through writing was replaced by the support he gave me. Second, I had a few professors here and there that dismissed my writing, not once but several times during the semesters they taught me. While there were a few pieces I truly loved (my screenplay being possibly my favorite work of all four years), I never felt like I could use my talents in the “real world”.
After graduating, I found a part time job selling tickets for a local theater and eventually decided to enroll in culinary school, mostly because I knew it was a good time to try and I would regret not taking the opportunity to do something I could be good at. Even then, I felt I had lost a passion that was such a huge part of my life. I still felt some passion occasionally when writing journals on through my profile on Red vs Blue, but it was so casual and I longed to do something professional and official. And the truth is, I love movies and I love talking about movies. So when the idea hit me, I realized just how great it would be to make something like this that was all mine. Something I could be proud of.
I want all my readers (most especially the ones that keep coming back) to know just how important Just Plain Something is to me. It has reminded me that I am a damn good writer and that I actually have a talent, a skill. It was kept me invested in my writing and has given me purpose. Some of you know that the last few months have quite honestly been hell for me and Just Plain Something has kept me grounded. So thank you, readers. And please keep reading.