blog photoMy 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.

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6 responses »

  1. I read the intro about you. I share a lot of traits with you, except the ‘being a writer’ part, since I also know myself! 🙂 However, I can bring a lot of new (fresh?) perspectives, being from India, with an awareness of a multi-faceted India (you will not believe the intra-country differences — no other country in the world can compare to that), having lived in US for 8 years (totally open-minded, I believe), and a reading habit that mirrors yours — currently I am reading Brian Greene’s “The Elegant Universe” (on superstrings, hidden dimensions and so on).

  2. I’m always looking for something new to read! I’ll have to check that out! Thanks for the comment; too bad you don’t consider writing–having lived in India and now the U.S. would make for some interesting writing!

  3. Hi Mary, Love the Deeper Shade of Green blog. I am a mom, musician and teaching artist in Nashville. I recently recorded a version of Kermit the Frog’s “It’s Not Easy Bein’ Green,” inspired by much of what you are writing about in your blog. The concept of “Bein’ Green” has evolved to mean something other than the xenophobia that Jim Henson was gently referring to via that wonderful green frog puppet. Now its about sustainability, lifestyle choices, science, technology, social responsibility and connection to our home planet. It’s not “easy” being green, but its worth it. If you send me your email, I’ll send you an Mp3 copy of the song. Best wishes, and keep up the great work.

  4. Hi Mary! I read your discussion about God and creation on that creepy blog of “peaceful wife” and I just wanted to say BRAVO!!! You said exactly what I was thinking and feeling. I stumbled upon that page by accident earlier today and became morbidly fascinated about all its dysfunctional ideas (meaning that it made me deep in wonder about how people can even become that willfully ignorant in this country). Anyway, I was surprised you actually had the energy to respond in length to all of her ludicrous fundamentalist comments, because I am sure you know, as well as I do, that someone like that will not change her mind. But maybe plant a seed that will grow in someone else’s mind? Made me very interested to read YOUR blog 🙂

    • Thank you! Yes, I was thinking the same thing — plant the idea in her mind to think for herself. It’s difficult to do; you can lose friends and family when you start thinking on your own and begin disregarding ridiculous religious notions everyone around you believes.
      I haven’t written in a long time; school and work keep me busy. Thanks for the nudge to get back at it.

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