I guess this is it. My adventure into “blogging.” I don’t know exactly what I hope to accomplish here, nor do I know how long this will last before life inevitably gets in the way; I do know I never would have started this without the amazing feedback I received through working with Odyssey. It provided me with some great experience, and I couldn’t believe the response my articles were getting. However, I worked with Odyssey for almost a year, writing an article every week, and to be perfectly honest, I started getting a little burnt out. While I felt worn down, I knew I loved having a platform to share my ideas and my writing, and so ET•cetera was born!
In case you were wondering, the name comes from the book Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut, which I highly recommend reading. In it, he talks about how it seems people don’t care about each other because in books and movies, there is only the main character, and the side characters never have any weight. It makes people forget everyone is living in their own story. Everyone is suffering through their own struggles. So he decides to give every character in his book equal detail and weight. The other thing that’s wrong with stories, he says, is that they end at some ordained point, but real life never does. It keeps going:
The proper ending for any story about people it seems to me, since life is now a polymer in which the Earth is wrapped so tightly, should be that same abbreviation, which I now write large because I feel like it, which is this one
And it is in order to acknowledge the continuity of this polymer that I begin so many sentences with “And” and “So,” and end so many paragraphs with “… and so on.”
And so on.
I plan to write a couple articles a month, mixed in with some poetry, photography, and maybe a short story or two, as well. Unlike Odyssey, this will all be on my terms on my schedule (for better or worse). I’ll do my best to hold myself accountable to whoever (if anyone) ends up reading this. While I’m not sure how this is going to turn out, I’m excited to see where it goes. I promise I will not become one of those people constantly talking about their blog and asking “Did you check out my new blog post?” I most certainly will not turn this into a diary or an archive of how awesome my life is. I promise you, whoever you may be, I will keep my posts honest and genuine and (hopefully) worth the read.
So, without further ado, welcome to ET•cetera…