For twenty minutes I’ve been sitting here, staring at a blank page, trying to figure out how I might begin this, my first blogpost. Over those twenty minutes, I’ve started a half-dozen sentences, only to delete them. I’ve gotten up twice: to refill a glass of water, to open a window. I’ve checked email, read an essay about (I swear I’m not making this up) the myriad ways the internet distracts us, and posted about that essay on Facebook. I’ve gone from excitement to indecision, back to excitement, on to despair. And so I guess what I’m trying to say is that writing a blogpost is not so different from writing an essay, or a story, or a book. The hardest part, always, is just getting started.
Anyway. Welcome! I’ve got to admit, I’m curious who you are, dear reader. Perhaps you’re an old friend who heard rumors about a book and decided to investigate; perhaps you learned about Going Somewhere from your librarian, your Twitter feed, your motormouth uncle; perhaps you’re my mom (hi, mom!). Whoever you may be, I’m glad you’re here. I hope you’ll keep coming back.
I’m not going to talk too much about myself here, because, well, I already do a bunch of that on this page and in this book. The basics, then: I live in Portland but spend an awful lot of time talking about Wisconsin. I’m lucky enough to share my city with the Best Sister in the World. I am fond of bicycles. I once had an anxiety attack while trying to decide whether to buy a cookie. I spend most of my time writing or teaching writing or running a program that helps others find community through writing (maybe I need a new hobby). Also, I wrote a book. It comes out real soon.
Speaking of, I can’t wait to share Going Somewhere with you all. I say this not because I think it’s the best book ever written (it’s probably the fourth-best), or because I think it holds every answer to every question (sure doesn’t). To the contrary, I feel like it’s full of questions, and I wrote it because I wanted to know if anyone else is asking them with me.
Over the coming months, on this blog and this book tour by bike, I’ll be talking a lot more about the book and the questions that inspired it. I’ll also be posting photos and pithy one-liners to Instagram and Twitter. I’ll be guest-blogging for a (secret-for-a-little-while-longer) publication. Hell, if you live on the tour route, I might even be showing up at your doorstep and asking to crash in your yard. All this to say that I hope you read the book, and I hope we get the chance to talk. Until then!