Sunday, September 14, 2008
The Origins of THE SURLY WRITER
I thought you might like to know about how this blog got started. I realize that my blogoversary is not until November. Yet I figured I wouldgo ahead and tell you why I picked "The Surly Writer" as the name for my blog.
I suppose a few readers here think of it as a paradox. It is a contradiction of saying one thing and the truth being completely opposite. Um . . . this is not entirely the case. It is a bit of an inside joke. It is a sick disturbing inside joke - against me. The name is satirical in its origins, and my daily reminder about those things I may and may not be. Confusing? Let me clear it up for everyone.
The truth is that I had another name for this blog. THE CHURLISH WRITER. I was out of my mind to pick that one. Churlish? If you are not familiar with the word, it is an adjective meaning "rude, mean-spirited, and surly." Deluded in my thinking, I believed "churlish" was a much nicer term than "surly." Yes, there is really no difference between the two. Like I said up above, I started this blog in November. With the holidays fast approaching, my mind must have been in a fog.
Anyway, as for the inside joke, I get a lot of flack in my daily life for being pegged a mean and uncaring person by other people. Attempts to change their way of thinking have failed. So the only option left is to write about the tense emotional discomfort in a humorous light. Hence this is the origin of the name and the reason for this blog.
THE SURLY WRITER: Surly - as what people believe of me. Writer - as what I believe I am.
(If you want to know about the pictures, the statue is just something I found which I looked cool because it appears surly. As for the spiny cactus, the tree branch, and the sea creature, I just used those photos to make a point. Hee-hee, get it? They all have points or look pointed. Hee-yeah, I made a corny joke. Fits write in with the humor of my blog. Hee-hee, get it? Write-right? Whatever.)