So.  How many blogs start with “So.” or “So, I’m starting a blog.” or “So I’m starting a blog and I have no idea what to say.”

So anyway.  I am really uncomfortable with this, but want to be a more versatile writer.  I am quite good at the “voice”-less academic writing and research writing; in fact, I rather enjoy it. But I prefer to consume personal narrative yet so unsure of my own “voice”–am I corny or too trite? do I have anything to say? or worth listening to?  I’ve been told I’m funny, but I’m only funny when I’m not thinking about trying to be funny.

So I’m in my 50s, but feel like I’m a child, particularly when I’m pissed off.  I have a husband who is both my best friend and worst enemy, depending on my demeanor.  I have kids who I love fiercely yet drive me crazy daily.  I am an orphan, having already been through the sandwich and buried both parents.  I have siblings who I’m so close to but have to be guarded with because I don’t want to give them too much vulnerability ammunition (a treasured family value).  I have two very cute, crazy, smelly dogs who I’d like to kick out of my house whenever they crap on my kitchen floor. I am a walking contradiction.

So I’m also a middle school teacher.  Anytime I tell someone what I do I am given sympathy.   It feels good until I realize they pity me.  Hmmm.

So.  I am problem solver.  A director.  In charge.  In certain ways, I am dripping in life experience.  I plan.  I satisfy needs.  I make it happen.  I tend to react.  I’m quick-tempered.  A match-head.  I adore laughing.  I love and hate sarcasm.  I’m rarely lonely.  I try not to lie.  I watch too much tv and I HATE laundry.  And I’m always on a quest.  So what.  So what’s for dinner?



10 thoughts on “So.

  1. Amy says:

    You are beautifully honest. This is filled with voice and I’m so happy you shared this with the world!! Thanks for letting me be a part of your blogging journey 🙂


  2. Terje says:

    Hello, Anne! I am glad that you had a cup of tea, wrote this post and published it. I wish you an enjoyable writing journey this month!


  3. So…SO much packed in this slice!! Your voice is loud and clear. I love “I am a walking contradiction“ and “vulnerability ammunition.” Your way with words is heartfelt and brings a smile to my face. Thank you for sharing and keep writing!


  4. I love how you structured your piece with “So” at the beginning and the end. Your final paragraph seems like a brainstorm list. If you get stuck, you can return to this first post to get an idea to write about. I’d especially like reading your “adore laughing” slice!


  5. “So” is how every guest on every CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Co) Radio begins their response to a question. It drives me a bit crazy and makes me smile at the same time. Like you have done here, I intentionally use “so” to start my writing sometimes because it bring a certain tone to the words. I love how you have used it at the beginning of every paragraph!


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