My name is Geoff Micks. I started this blog in my late-twenties, and then I allowed it to lapse for a number of years as other things came to occupy my time and attention. I am starting it back up again now in my mid-thirties.We will see how long I stick with it this time.
It is an interesting exercise to revise an ‘About Me’ section that was first written almost seven years earlier. My priorities have changed. I have changed. As I read through this line by line, I find I want to change almost all of it. That is probably for the best, although I will confirm that I am still living happily in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
In my earlier ‘About Me’ write up I then devoted a couple of paragraphs to what I studied in school and what I have done for a living. It read very much like the cover letter to a job application; I imagine I was writing those on a regular basis at that point in my life. Now it comes across as pretty dull stuff. If anyone has the interest, it is all available on my LinkedIn profile.
Five or six paragraphs into the old bio, I finally said something I want to keep verbatim: I read a lot. That was putting it mildly at the time, and it is probably truer now than it was back then. I am the sort of fellow who brings a book to the pub. When I fly somewhere, I pack a book for the flight out and for the flight back. I have a group of friends with whom I explore used bookstores on a monthly basis. I always have several books on the go at any one time. Beyond the printed page, I am also a voracious and omnivorous reader online. It is one of my principle pleasures in life, and it has led me to a hobby that I hope to work at for the rest of my life.
You see, I also write.
I started this blog years ago as one more way to express myself, but it was eventually overtaken by my novels, my Twitter account, and conversations I have had on Reddit. As the years passed, I also came to be just a little intimidated by this blog. I once had a falling out with a woman in part because of something her father did not like that I had written on here. Another time one of my posts went viral to the point where it was mentioned in passing in the Washington Post, and I will confess you get a little gun shy about what you could possibly write next after several hundred thousand people have read one of your posts but not the other hundred and ten.
Still, I have left the site up, and it continued to accumulate traffic. Even in a moribund state, this blog gets more traffic than most of my friends who have a similar project on the go. Every time I swing by to check something or another, I find myself thinking I should spruce this blog up and get the old thing humming again. So that is what I am going to do.
Sometime in the coming months, my next novel will be published. It is the first of a planned trilogy, so I imagine I will have much to talk about over the next couple of years, just as I blogged in support of my Inca and Zulu novels. As long as I am going to blog about that, why not also make an honest effort to write across a broad range of topics again on a regular basis? The worst that can happen is that I end up expressing myself elsewhere instead.
As I said many years ago, this blog is not really about anything. I do not have an agenda to push. I do not consider myself an expert to be heeded or a resource to be utilized. I am not going to make any lofty promises to be insightful. 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 will find it interesting too.
Let’s see how I manage, eh? Cheers!