A brief stop on the road Friday June 9, 2006, 4 comments

It is important for me to pause for a moment and reflect on this website. I hate the term blog, despite the fact that A Rain of Frogs is indeed a blog by every definition of the term. Nonetheless, I choose to call it a site. It lends credibility, at least in my mind.

More than 200 posts ago, this site was born out of frustration. I was experiencing the most significant creative block of my life, and I was feeling drowned by a project that wouldn’t work, no matter how hard I tried. I needed to step away, so I registered the most bizarre domain name I could think of.

At first it was just posts about the project that was upsetting me. Then it was posts about current events that upset me. I felt compelled to release my pent-up frustrations, and through that release, found my creativity returning. I started posting some (admittedly awful) poetry, some fictional creative writing. And I continued the catharsis, continued to purge my demons.

Readership grew. I wrote about the death of my cousin. With that came readers that knew me well, extended family members and friends. And with them came apprehension. I began for the first time to worry about the things I wrote, that they could be misinterpreted, that people might get hurt.

I won’t have that. I don’t want to shackle my writing with concerns for others. So I am posting this now. Sometimes you might read things on this site that are fictional. Sometimes what ends up expressed in text is a warped, twisted version of reality. Sometimes its a warped and twisted version of fantasy.

I don’t make a note of what is fiction and what isn’t on this site. There are reasons for that, but I won’t go into them right now. All I ask is you try not to take things personally, try not to judge what you’re reading by your knowledge of the writer.

There are stranger things than a rain of frogs. Don’t give up on me.


Comments

Dug Friday June 9, 2006


Thank you for the disclaimer. You may want to include it somewhere on the main page, just in case.

Not that I speak for your entire readership, but I would like to point out that it is understood that we won’t see eye to eye on everything you write about. That’s good, a different view on things can be healthy and refreshing.

But as one of your readers I would like to reserve the right to think you’re full of poop from time to time. However, I will try to resist the urge to point it out should (when) it happens. Fair enough?

[walks off shaking head and muttering ‘Leafs fan, sheesh’]

Adrian Friday June 9, 2006


This is one of the varied and confusing reasons I value your friendship, Dug.

Jeff Friday June 9, 2006


Well said man. Keep up the great writing.

Dug Friday June 9, 2006


Hey! No one, but NO ONE calls me “varied!”

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