Every so often, I define who I am on this blog–as much for myself as for my visitors. I like to compare changes over time.
I’m a poet, and my biggest goal when I started this blog was to free myself emotionally so I could express myself without self doubt or fear of judgment from others. I’m happy to say that these concerns loom less large than they ever have before.
I view this blog as an experiment and an adventure. Sometimes, I am random.
So as not to bore long-time readers, I will briefly list three things new readers should know about me, then I will list three things about me that I have never mentioned before.
1. I began writing poetry when I was a teenager (see “Cigarettes and Poetry“), but somewhere along the way I gave up serious aspirations of being a writer as married life, motherhood and “practical” concerns took precedence–until now, that is.
2. I’m currently an editor for a medical magazine but in the past couple of years I have been actively pursuing my dreams again of being a published poet.
3. I’m writing a collection of poetry. I don’t post as much poetry on the blog as I used to because I don’t want to hamper my options for formal publication in literary journals. I’m plugging away at it; I’ll let you know if I have any success.
1. My name is Adriene, I blog as Sweepy Jean, and I write poetry as A D Joyce; however, my son calls me Coot (as in “Old Coot”), many close friends call me Age or Agee, and my childhood nickname is … ok, nevermind.
2. Actually, I told this to one of my blogging friends, but I know all the lyrics to the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar. It started back in high school. As soon as I first heard the guitar riff of “Heaven on Their Minds,” I was hooked. I have since watched some version of it I can’t tell you how many dozen times–especially my VHS and finally DVD of the movie. (I know Godspell, too, but if cornered I will deny it.)
3. When I was in elementary school, I used to read the dictionary for fun.
So there you have it. I’ve ruined my street cred. Anything you want to share?
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