It probably doesn’t say great things about me that I made a triumphant announcement post over a year ago and am only now delivering on that promise.
However, I actually did it. I might have disappeared for a long time, but just know that I was working on it. It took so so long. But I am happy to report that I finally have my own website, which I’ve made my very own, and am 2018% happy with (which is of course better than 2017% happy).
I’ve set out to do all the things I mentioned in my last post in a new space. Got myself a domain name and everything. To be honest, this was never the right place to start what I wanted to be doing. I felt limited by WordPress.com, and I knew enough about coding and WordPress.org to actually create something of my own. So I did.
If you have any inkling of interest, you can see my new website, Many More Figs by clicking that link. You can also follow me on Instagram and Twitter, or sign up for my email list at the bottom of the page or here.
Here’s a little preview of what’s to come, and what I’ve been up to for the past year:
You can also view this on the About page of my new site.
Many More Figs is a metaphor for the stories we both tell and live.
“I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another fig was a brilliant professor…and beyond and above these figs were many more figs I couldn’t quite make out…I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet.” –Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
It’s a passion project.
A zeitgeist mirror. A biased encyclopedia. A curated museum of the stories we’re told and tell. It’s an experiment, fully capable of failure, and it happens both in spite of and because of that possibility. It doesn’t start with Once Upon A Time, it doesn’t end with Fin. It’s the middle, like everything is, until it’s not.
Experimental, Interdisciplinary Curation
The current media revolution, the likes of which we’ve never seen before, demands different approaches to criticism and curation. More and more people are being given access to mediums that allow them to tell their stories in new and exciting ways, creating a global environment for diverse narratives across diverse media.
During my undergrad as an English Literature major, I read a lot of books. I discovered that a lot of people imagined that books were the only way to tell stories, and how much I disagreed with them. I believe that now, during the Information (Internet) Age, the Golden Age of Television, at a time of Personal Branding, memes, and the pervasion of social media into daily life, we’re recognizing our need to tell stories in as many ways as possible.
Collaboration in Narration
This websiteblogmuseumjournalmagazine, whatever you want to call it, should also be considered a story. Just because we’re talking about storytelling doesn’t mean we’re exempt from it.
Posts are divided into two categories: the Objective and Subjective. The Objective focuses on narratives I’ve selected from around the world that I think are worth sharing. Whether it’s because they’re breaking new ground, or reinterpreting old ground, they’re stories, ideas, and projects I admire. The Subjective includes my own personal stories. After all, I’m a character in this, just as much I’m an writer and you’re a reader. Whenever a reader interacts with me, with this site, you become a character and writer, too.
We share in this story, just as we do in life.
tl;dr: I’ll be posting about both the stories I live through and the public stories I consume and think about. There will be features and media reviews. There will be fangirling mixed with academia. There will be my own art, photography, and vlogs. There will be travel posts (I’m going to England and the East and West coasts of Canada all within two months this summer!). There will be books, movies/tv shows, music, and many more figs. I won’t be continuing with this blog, but I’ll leave it up for the memories. Click here to visit the new site.