“…This is a story of how a Baggins had an adventure, and found himself doing and saying things altogether unexpected…”
I read The Hobbit. It was one time and a great many years ago, but I loved how unusual it all was. The above quote is one of my favorite lines of the entire book and I think it illustrates a very important concept: most good stories occur when somebody does something unusual or unexpected. You wouldn’t call your friend to let them know that you rolled out of bed, walked twelve steps to the bathroom to brush your teeth, and stared at your reflection (you might, but that’s a bit unusual) because that’s not a good story.
So here’s the story about how a little English Major did something unusual and invited the public world into her private one.
“But Anna,” I can hear you saying, “isn’t that was social media is for?”
Sure, to an extent. Facebook is where your friends can roll your eyes at your random opinions and forget you ever had them a few days later. I’ve been an avid journal keeper for several years now, and the thing about a journal is it’s a little book of lessons learned that lives in my nightstand. I figure there’s probably a few other people out there who might like to learn from my successes and failures in more than 140 characters, and without having to risk their own reputation.
Also, potential employers in the English community seem to encourage blogs as a way to review the writing styles of their applicants.
Fun and functional, right?
So, here’s to doing the unexpected (and the inevitable). From makeup, to matters of the heart, there’s much to discuss. Grab some tea, and start taking notes. There’s adventure to be had.