“The scariest moment is always just before you start.” – Stephen King, On Writing
This is a day of endings and beginnings. If you found this site because of my work for the Geyser of Awesome, then you already know about its ending and I humbly thank you for following me over here for the start of something new. Welcome!
If you have no idea what I just referred to, allow me to quickly fill you in: Until about 2 weeks ago, I’ve spent nearly every day of the last 7.5 years combing the Internets for all manner of art, pop culture, science, style, design, technology, food, travel, nature, and human interest-related things I deemed “geyserworthy” and then wrote about for a blog called the Geyser of Awesome. After learning that the Geyser was shutting down I considered how strange it would be to no longer do something that has long been such an essential part of my day. That’s when it dawned on me that there was no need to stop; I could simply do it for myself and, with any luck, some of my existing audience would follow me over here and onward we would go.
So here were are at The Spoodoir. Welcome and thank you for joining me!
For those curious about the name of this site: I have a pet spider (a Phidippus regius or regal jumping spider) named Mabon (that’s her in the graphic on the sidebar). Because she’s a spooder, I refer to her habitat as her spoodoir (credit for that clever term belongs to my friend Gregg). What better name for a blog run by an arachnophile who spends her time searching the Web for things that snare themselves in her… web? Yes, groan all you like. I’m standing by it.
The Spoodoir will be more than simply a continuation of the Geyser of Awesome. While I pursue a career as a freelance writer, working for myself on this site means I can allow my personal taste to play a larger role in what I share and devote more time to the writing aspect of the sharing process. I will also use this space to share personal writing from time to time and intend to invite guest bloggers to share things as well.
I am forever indebted to my ridiculously talented and lovely friend, Becky Munich (here’s her online shop), who not only created all the lovely artwork and assets for The Spoodoir, but also did so in record time. It’s a very special thing when a friend, who is also a skilled and knowledgable artist, is able to take just a few words from you and create the beautiful bones of your new online home.
It’s early days yet, in fact this is only day one. But I have high hopes and lots of ideas for The Spoodoir. Please bear with me as I get things settled and find my rhythm here. Tomorrow I start sharing all sorts of things that I hope will amaze, delight, amuse, distract, enlighten, or otherwise interest you.