The other day, WordPress presented me with the gif of a small trophy. That trophy announced that 100 of you and then some more felt that my posts were worthwhile enough to subscribe to my blog and to get notices every time that I did something to this blog.
WordPress saw fit to congratulate me, but I want to thank you.
I can do as much as I like, and unless you choose to subscribe, then the trophy that WordPress sent me would never have come.
This is “Darryn” and “Aidan,” the protagonists of the novels to come, and they want to say thank you. You’ll have to excuse their author’s mediocre drawing skills.
If you’d like, leave me a note telling me what it is that you like, what I should continue to do, what I shouldn’t do, or what you’d like to see in the future, and I’ll take it into consideration.
Of late, I’ve been noticing that fewer and fewer of my posts adhere to the one rule that I had set up for this blog: that all posts be 550 words or less. The challenge has reversed itself in most book reviews now: My challenge is not to remain under 550 words but to scrounge 550 words of review. I would rather post shorter reviews that say enough than filling out reviews with fluff. Still I think that 550 is near the ideal length for a review or grab bag post, and I will endeavor to keep everything but my fiction near this length, but it is time for a change—a big change—a title change.
Welcome to Nine Pages. This is still the same 550 Words or Less that you followed, but I am loosening the regulations that I’d put on myself.
Now I just want to write on the blog. I want to post what I want. I want it to be interesting—hopefully not just to me.
Nine Pages is a reference to myself and to the Enneagram Personality Test to which I was introduced in college by a friend. I consistently type with that test as a 9 (wing 1) personality type, and I feel that the explanation of 9s (or 9s) actually does describe me and explain some of my quirks quite effectively. I’ve borrowed that tag for the title of this blog. I’m in no way endorsing the Enneagram as the be-all-end-all test of personality, and I want it known that I don’t think that you should ever let any personality test change you (all personality tests come with this danger), but I’ve found this one useful in understanding myself, understanding others, and understanding my characters, and it is an easy way to give a snapshot of myself—which after all, is what most blogs and all writing is at its core.
I’ve been left lurching when blogs have changed names on me before. I didn’t want to do the same to you. The URL will remain the same (at least for now). I hope you like the new direction in which this blog is headed.
As always, feel free to send me constructive criticism.