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I’m not new to writing, but I am new to blogging.  To having my possibly odd thoughts out there for all to read. I am not sure I want you to read them.  Meanwhile, I’m working (and working) on a novel (which I hope you will read).

All this has brought up some questions. What am I going to blog about? What’s my tag line?  What IS a tag line? What’s my genre?

Trying to come up with answers has me thinking about what I write.  And about my life.

I am easily entertained. By simple thing, I guess.  I can spend an hour hand feeding the chipmunk on my porch.

I can walk the same trail in the woods every day and find something new every time.  Lately, it’s snakes. I tried to show a little snake to two nice ladies pushing a baby carriage at the nearby nature center recently.  They weren’t entertained.  Sometimes, I wonder if people think I’m slightly off.

But off or not,  I like exploring, and showing someone what I find.  I’d like to blog about that.  To “show” you what I see.

I like to meet all different sorts of people and hear their stories, especially if they’re a bit “different” themselves.  I’d like to blog about that.  To “introduce” you to them. Someone suggested the tagline might have to do with oddballs.  (You know who you are.  Chris T.)  Oddballs?  We aren’t odd.  We just aren’t quite…ordinary.

As far as the genre of my novel, I just discovered something called magical realism. Some of my favorite books appeared on a list of best magical realism at goodreads.  Practical Magic (or anything else by Alice Hoffman), The Time Traveler’s Wife, or Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen.

Goodreads defines Magical Realism like this:

… is a literary genre that incorporates fantastic or mythical elements into otherwise realistic fiction…

Ok.  But I think this is a better description.  It’s from an article by Bruce Holland Rogers.

If your view of the world includes miracles and angels, beast-men and women of unearthly beauty, gods walking among us and ceremonies that can end a drought, then all of these things are as ordinary to you as automobiles, desert streams, and ice in the tropics. At the same time, the whole world is enchanted, mysterious. Automobiles, desert streams, and ice are all as astonishing as angels.

I love that.  I think we could all use a little magic in our every day life.

But don’t we already have it?

Albert Einstein said – “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is.”

I have this quote framed in my office.  With a pine cone, the skeleton of a leaf, and a feather-each of which I think are miraculous.  It’s probably obvious that I prefer Albert’s second way of seeing things. I’d like to blog about that.  About all the miraculous things I see in every day life.  I want to show you every one of them.  I’d like the tag line to be “everyday miracles” or something like that.

But, I don’t have blinders on.  I get it that life sucks sometimes.  Non-miraculous things happen.  Bad things happen.

Barn burnt now I can see the moon? (who said that)  I’m not going to try to blow sunshine up your skirt.  My metaphorical barn has burnt a few times and, yes, most of the time, in the long run, the view got better.  But still, whenever the flames start,  the first thing I ask is, where’s my horse?

Is the glass half full?  That’s a good thing, right?  But what if it’s poison? Half empty?  Bad thing?  Then again, maybe it was good whiskey.  And I drank half.  So far.

So how about if we substitute extraordinary for miraculous?  I try to see the extraordinary in ordinary life and ordinary people.

That leave room beside the miracles for the extraordinary sorrows, anger, frustration, and extraordinarily assholes clueless, mean, or just plain stupid people.   Maybe some things fall in the middle.  Things that just make you go Hmmm.

So,  how’s this for a tagline…finding the extraordinary.  Everyday.  Here’s hoping yours is of the miraculous variety.