Once upon a time there was a girl. This is something that you’ve heard before, no doubt. But this is different. So just listen.
So this girl, she had an unhappy childhood. But didn’t all of us, in some fashion? She had few friends because she was so very different from the other children that surrounded her. But, again, weren’t all of us? The years flew by, her mother flew the coop, and this poor girl was left alone, time and time again.
Then came college.
The girl made some wonderful friends in college. She finally felt accepted and delighted in having friends who FINALLY GOT HER. Unfortunately, over the years, many of those friends drifted on to their own lives and the girl lost touch with many of them. One friend remained steadfast and loyal, despite the time and distance that shoved them apart. The girl moved frequently, acquired a husband, several canines, and a lot of books. (Like, a LOT.) The girl and her friend stayed in touch through the magical wonder of the internet.
One day, the girl and the friend decided to take in a convention. That convention served to re-cement the friendship that the pair had shared. They carried on merrily from that point, chatting often and making plans to visit and talk even more than previously.
Then one day came an opportunity for much snark and mockery. The girl and the loyal friend did snark and mock to their black little hearts’ content. The loyal friend introduced the girl to one of HER friends. The friend’s friend also thrilled in mockery and snarkery.
Something beautiful was created from that.
This blog is not that thing. This blog was created as a companion piece to that beautiful thing, and also to serve as a launching point for the girl. The girl decided that it was time to grow up and take herself seriously. If she didn’t, she reasoned, how could she expect anyone else to?