My name is Mary Flanagan and I’m a wife, mother, daughter, friend, and blogger and aspiring author. In the far reaches of my mind I have always known that I want to write a book of fiction. I find interesting characters in people I’ve met, giving them a story based on what I know of them and making up the rest–to make them more interesting. Writing a book is a daunting task and I never knew how to start! I let life get in the way.
I was told for years by friends, family, and the little bored voice inside my head that I should write. I never knew why as I had never really written anything substantial. Did they know something I didn’t? Against my better judgment, my husband at the time set up my blog…and said, “Now write”. A BLOG?! Mmmmmph! For years I abhorred the mere idea of a web log–a “blog”. Bloggers were narcissistic. Blogs were mundane. Blogs were for those who did not have the attention span to read an entire book…or even a magazine article. At the referral of a former classmate from high school, I began reading various blogs(some are listed on my homepage) just to see what this blogging business was about…and I found blogs to be, well, cool. Writers can hone their skills. They can challenge my thought processes. I find comfort in also knowing there are others who believe as I do.
My goal is to hone my writing skills so that I might eventually write a book, giving life to the characters I’ve met. In my mind, I see their faces, I know their names, I know their hardships and triumphs. I want to give them a voice. About 20 years ago, a very smart woman told me writing a book was like eating an elephant; you do it one bite at a time. I guess I’m finally hungry enough.
As far as subject matter is concerned, I have found that simple observations of others, life, and self-deprecating humor are the fodder from which good writing is created. Parenting, in all its triumphs, thanklessness, messiness, fun, and craziness, also provide ample subject matter!
I hope you enjoy reading these entries as much as I have enjoyed writing them; comments are always welcome! I am ready to write the book now, but have grown fond of my blog as I have contributed to it for nearly three years. We have had our ups and downs, my blog and I; she tells me to fuck off and I sometimes give her the silent treatment, but at the end of it all she welcomes me back and I tell her how much I have missed her. I don’t think I could ever really abandon her now; I have learned so much from her.
Since I find it important for everyone to like me…marymind is also on Facebook. So go there, and like me. Please.