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Saturday, November 03, 2007

Thanks for visiting. I am no longer updating Notes to Self. I hope you'll join me on my current website,

Before I get too deep.

One of the things I liked about doing NaBloPoMo last year, was the feeling that I had a license to natter on about nothing. I could write pure fluff & drivel and chalk it up as filler. It was refreshing, and it was good for my writing. I had forgotten about that leavening effect until I got to reading everybody's first two days worth of BloPos. There's a throwaway tone to them that's just plain fun. Want to write about the stinky catbox? Yesterday's trip to the mall? Well, whyever the heck not? There doesn't have to be a point or a moral. It's deliciously decadent, and sort of naughty to someone like me, whose feet are still firmly planted (& sometimes mired) in print.

NaBloPoMo, itself a spin-off, keeps spinning out new spin-offs. Like NaBloShoeMo, in which you post a photo of your shoes every day. Now, for some, shoes are sacrosanct. And I respect that. But it doesn't get much more frivolous for me. Still, Susan Wagner is the ringleader, and ever since Susan walked up to me in Chicago with a drink in her hand & said something nice to me, I am her handmaiden. That's how easy I am.

So when the invite came round from Susan to join in, I kind of wished I could, in hopes that she might whisper more sweet nothings in my ear. But I didn't see how, given that I have about three pairs of shoes & a pair of boots that I wear. Hardly a month's worth.

Then yesterday, as I was getting dressed, I looked at the cardboard box hidden behind my dresser where I throw my shoes (I know, I know, I don't deserve to own shoes). I thought what I always thought when I see that box, which is, "I really need to do something about this. Sometime." The box is overflowing with shoes that are worn out, outdated, or just plain forgotten. I don't know if there are thirty pairs, but I bet I could get to Thanksgiving. It would force me to make some decisions, and those of you who are better with dressing your feet could help me.

So although I am three days behind, I have decided to make NaBloShoeMo my way of lightening up through the dark days of November. Yes, given that I have been complaining about fetishists, this is patentedly insane. But my skin grew three layers this week, so bring 'em on!

p.s. those of you who want to follow will have to look in my flickr set daily. That way, the rest of you don't have to suffer through 27 pairs of stinky shoes.



Blogger lenniekat said...

I like the Edie Brickell-ish title... and just so you know, you outnumber me in shoes by half a box. What's your size anyway? I guess 8. Bring on the fluff, I'll follow --

11:40 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

This makes me so happy. I'm glad you're in.

And do you want to know a secret? I don't think I own thirty pairs of shoes. Unless you count the flip flops. Which I do not.

So there you have it.

1:14 PM  
Blogger Marie said...

Oo! Clothing exchange! Or thrift shop. That's where my shoes go. I'm trying to think if I have 30 pairs, either. Okay *sheepish grin* I have 13 pairs, including things like my hiking boots, bedroom slippers and that old pair of Birkenstocks I cannot bear to throw out... I may have to blog about this! lol

I like your catch phrase: fluff & drivel. I like to think of NaBloPoMo as helping to clean the gunk off my mental engine by writing about all the clutter in my head. Yes, very refreshing. At least for me. :)

1:26 PM  
Blogger Jennie Thomason said...

It'll be fun. Glad you've joined in.

3:12 PM  
Blogger Belinda said...

I adore, and I mean adore, with the burning heat of a thousand and one suns, The Susan W. But shoes? I would have to be coming up with creative ways to keep posing my three pair over and over. And what with my obligations at the home blog, the RealMental blog, the GIT blog, the Arkansas Times blog, and the This is Today project on flickr...I think I'm under enough pressure! (Poor, neglected AR Times blog, how I disappoint you.)

2:46 AM  
Blogger Juliet said...

OHHH! I wish I had known about NaBloPoMo and NaBloShoeMo sooner. I love to write about fluff and drivel and I love shoes even more, i.e. my blog!!! Shoes are decadent and glamourous and deeply personal and can even be very sexy! So I will watch closely for NaBloPoMo and NaBloShoeMo next year!

7:31 PM  

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