So my experiment truly begins, which begs the question: what is this blog about? Writing about the process of learning to write again doesn’t strike me as particularly interesting to anybody but me at the moment. So what else? Well, I joined WordPress to comment on a ring of fan blogs about British actor Richard Armitage. These blogs are written by older highly educated women whose styles and level of fandom are fascinating. Some make passing references to RA on the way to talking about something else. It’s the something else part that intrigues me; it gives a window into their worlds and fleshes them out as complex people, more than the usual SQUEE! post on a forum. The comment section discussions can be more interesting than the original post. I imagine some blogs sprang up so the commenters can discuss further in their own space.
(Oh, WordPress says I should stop here and hold your interest with SHINEY! so how about this?)
Ahem. As I was saying, this space will be about my experiences in fandom, fandom gone wrong, and the cult of celebrity. This idea grew out of Servetus asking me on her blog how I arrived at my current attitude as a fan of certain celebrity hunks. I answered it didn’t spring forth fully formed but evolved through trial and error. I can’t link to the comment but will discuss it more later on. Having been part of different groups for almost 20 years, I’ve seen a lot up close and personal and hope I can offer some insight and humor about my journey.
As the title of the blog says, I’ve been a watcher, an observer all my life. It stemmed from a chaotic childhood where psychological warfare was the norm. I had to constantly watch for cues and clues to defuse situations or stay out of the fallout. This carried over into adulthood where I spent years sorting out my own head. But this still has left a fascination for why people do what they do. I have another blog on LiveJournal which is basically a long version of Twitter. Those posts were dashed off, without particular thought to composition, style or shamefully, editing.
So this blog will be dedicated to reflection and introspection while exercising that flabby creative writing muscle. I’ll make passing waves at RA since it’s his fan blog ring that started this and we will need have some pretty and fun here. I’ll also throw in a few other hunks as well to keep things fair.Oh, I might be tempted to veer off at times but will try to make it worth the reading.