Welcome to my blog. My name is Geoff Micks. I’m in my late-twenties, and I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I graduated from the University of Toronto with a BA Honours with High Distinction in Journalism with a Double Minor in History and Classical Studies. I also have a diploma from Centennial College in Journalism. I have worked as a copy editor, paginator, graphic designer and production coordinator for a number of community newspapers for four years after graduating, and most recently as an industry conference producer.
I read a lot, both online and on that printed wood pulp stuff. I also write, and that’s a big part of why I started this blog.
When I was in school I used to write every day. I contributed, edited and/or founded a dozen student and community papers during that time. I’ve filled twelve notebooks so far with whatever takes my fancy. I have finished two novels of historical fiction, and I had a literary agent for a while, although we parted ways a little over a year ago, and I’m now pursuing e-publishing.
In short, I used to write quite a lot, and I was happy doing it. Writing is a great and rewarding hobby that focuses the mind and leaves a little piece of yourself behind for the future to contemplate at its leisure, like a curio on a shelf.
When I finished college and university, I went out into the working world and I found new things to occupy my time. I’ve always taken pride in giving my job everything I have, and when I come home I have filled my life with friends and family, television and movies, reading, exploring Canada, collecting bars and beers, and singing karaoke. I took an art course. I taught people how to skate. I got serious about cooking as a hobby, gave it up, then took it up again. My writing fell away, though, and I missed it. In the last couple of years I really haven’t done too much more than rework what I’ve already finished, and I’ve decided that’s going to change. This blog is about coaxing me back into the habit of writing regularly.
I don’t (and won’t) be updating faceintheblue every day, or even every couple of days, but this is going to be one more ongoing project to make sure that I’m writing all the time somewhere in some form about something. I’ve been at it since October of 2009, and I would call the project a modest success thus far. As of October, 2011, I am just shy of 100,000 readers!
I admit I have a vague mission statement for this blog, but it is working for me at the moment. This blog isn’t about anything, really. I don’t have an agenda to push. I don’t consider myself an expert to be heeded or a resource to be utilized. I’m not going to make any lofty promises to be insightful. I’m not trying to change peoples minds on any given issue. I hope to publish anecdotes, stories, thoughts, and anything else that catches my interest. That’s my goal for this site: To share what I find interesting, in the hopes that you’ll find it interesting too.
I know in time I’ll build this site into something personal, something I can take pride in. Thanks for reading.