Michelle Shaeffer, one of the sponsors of this Ultimate Blog Challenge (UBC), suggested that I (re)introduce myself and tell you a little about myself and this blog, so that those of you joining me thanks to the UBC will know what you’re getting into.
I’m John Holton, and this is my blog, The Sound of One Hand Typing. It got its name because I type with one hand. Sometimes it’s more like I typo with one hand, but I usually get things cleaned up pretty well by the time I post.
So, why do I type with just one hand?
One Sunday night in February 2007, I was hard at work, trying to finish a project that I had been putting off, and something went “pop!” in the back of my head. I spent the next six weeks in the hospital, trying to learn to walk again and trying to whip my right arm into shape so I could do all of the things that I used to do with it. The fine motor skills never came back, so I’m typing with one hand and trying to teach myself to write left-handed.
Disheartened, I said “the hell with it” and stopped writing for a while. Then I heard about a man named Walter Wager. Walter used to write novelizations of movies and tie-in novels of TV shows, and was quite successful at it. I also learned that Walter was missing a hand. At that point, I decided that I needed to man up and get back to writing.
I write whatever strikes my fancy: short stories, novels, and non-fiction. It would be hard to pin down exactly what I want to write. I’m like a kid in a candy store: I read a book that I like, and I try to do what that author did. I read a lot of mysteries and thrillers, so most of the ideas I come up with are ideas for mysteries and thrillers. I do, however, like the work of Janet Evanovich, Dave Barry, Lee Goldberg, and Tim Dorsey, so I sprinkle in plenty of humor. When I remember to.
I started this blog in January 2012. There are times when it’s been lots of fun, times when it’s been a chore, and times when it’s all the writing I do (the Gods of Writing will probably throw me out of the club for saying that). And, yes, there have been a few occasions when I have just wanted this to go away, but never have.
Why? Three reasons:
- When I read other writers’ blogs, I learned about challenges like the Blogging From A To Z Challenge, A Round of Words in 80 Days (ROW80), and this challenge. They sounded like fun, and they had me jumping up and down (as much as possible) saying, “I wanna do it I wanna do it I wanna do it!” And the rules of all of them say that I need a blog.
- The more I read the blogs of other writers, the more I realized that, if I wanted to be a successful writer (i.e. one who made money doing it), I would need to blog. The art is important, yes, but so is making a living.
- And, the most important reason: I wanted to do it. It looked like a lot of fun, and it is. In fact, I think the more time and effort I put into it, the more fun it will be. That’s why I’m doing the UBC.
Until UBC, I posted twice a week. On Tuesdays, I do a feature called “Two for Tuesday.” I got the idea from all of the radio stations that do it. Each Tuesday I pick an artist, find two of their songs on YouTube, and present them along with a little information about the artist that I learn from Wikipedia and other websites around the Internet. Wednesdays are my check-in days for ROW80, when I tell the world how well or poorly I’m holding to the objectives that I set at the beginning of the quarter.
I want to add more features to the blog. It started as a writer’s blog, and has gotten away from that. so I’ll do some writing or writer-related posts this month. The baseball playoffs and World Series happen this month, and one of my favorite teams, the Atlanta Braves (the other is the Chicago White Sox) are playing the Dodgers in the NLDS (National League Divisional Series) starting Thursday nigtht, so you can expect a few posts on that. And…
Well, come back tomorrow and you might find out.