Why a non-fiction blog for a fiction writer?

I'm going to be completely, utterly honest here.

I've had a couple of blogs. They've both "failed" in the traditional sense of the word.

The first one was a blog in which I tried to post one short story a week online and connect it to a local news story related to Philly and/or science and technology (I know, I know, now I clearly see the futility of trying to write that much new fiction on a weekly basis without any time for revision).

The second blog was at the height of my food blog obsession. Reading food and lifestyle blogs is still a guilty pleasure of mine, and a great escape when I need a quick mental break. I had dreams of creating vegan recipes and doing photo shoots of me in perfect side plank form. In reality, I made several somewhat complicated protein pancakes that ended up gooey and raw or overcharred, and I took a few pictures in the dim lighting of my apartment, my imperfect belly rolls in full view during my Russian twists.

And here I am on blog numero tres. The blog that represents me as I truly am: an unpublished author struggling to find her place on the big bad interwebs. It's the first blog I've attempted to do almost entirely without trying so hard to be unique. There's no savvy marketing scheme here. I write what I want to write and when I want to write it. I talk about things I'm passionate about and things I struggle with and stuff I never really get to talk about anywhere else, all of it with the end goal that you will support and purchase my work when it (hopefully) hits shelves. Maybe metaphorical Kindle shelves--I'll take those too. Hell, even if my book sits in your bathroom and you only read it after a bad bout of Chipotle, I'll take that too.

My point being, without discussion of the writing process, how will I know what I've learned? How will you know whether or not you can trust me? I mean, you're gonna have to spend the price of two lattes (okay maybe three if you're lucky and you don't get the soy and doubleshots and syrup) on my work and you're clearly going through the trouble of reading my blog if you've made it this far--that's more attention than some people give to their interpersonal relationships on a daily basis.

So here we go. Authenticity! Empowerment! Other buzzwords that people like to throw around and have lost much of their meaning! But in all seriousness, I hope this blog starts some dialogue about refugee and immigrant issues, technology and identity, and how all of those things intersect.

If you like imagining things like what chaos the Dothraki might bring if they had phasers, how the laws of robotics could abolish (or encourage) discrimination, or in what cases the Prime Directive would be superseded by a humanitarian crisis, you've come to the right place.

If you have no idea what any of those three examples are referencing, you've come to the right place too. Nerds-in-training are welcome. You've come to an inclusive place and I feel your pain, believe me. If you've ever sat in a room of diehard Doctor Who fans and sat quietly in the corner questioning why the same alien would choose to regenerate as an old English dude again and again, let's talk. Or, if you'd like to persuade me to like the show, let's talk too (I've tried to like it. I really have).