A New Focus

Where to Start

As I mentioned a few days ago, things have been life got really challenging for me. The thing with challenges, if you’re not ready for it, it can waylay you and the next thing you know you’ve got a long way to go to catch up.

Well, that’s where I’m at.

The good thing about this is that I get to recalibrate. With that, a new focus. I am hoping to expand on my blog. If you’ve followed me for a while or checked in from time to time, you’d realize that I’ve been thinking about how to go about my blog for a while now. I was torn, still am a little, with what I want to do because I love reviewing the books, movies, and television shows I watch. As a fangirl, the opportunity to talk up my favorite stories is something I like to do. I just always felt I should be doing more.

So, more it is. At least, I hope.

The Beginnings

Reviews are still the starting point, but I hope to expand on that.

I don’t know if I mentioned this before, but the reason I like books, movies, and television is that essentially they are stories. And I love stories.

Living on an island can feel isolating at times. I’d like to say it’s island fever, but it’s not that I feel claustrophobic or disconnect. When I was little, probably around the second grade, I realized the world was a lot bigger than the island I lived on. Not in the sense that it’s a big, scary world. Just that I knew there was more to my island. As a little kid in the 90s, you couldn’t just grab a smartphone or tablet and YouTube information or do an internet search for what you want to know. You also couldn’t really watch TV because TV was for the adults except for things like Sesame Street, Saturday morning cartoons,  and family movie night. Even when I could watch TV it’s not like I could choose the Travel Channel to watch shows about the world. Computers were a school thing (I mean, now almost every home has a computer or mobile device, but back then schools had a computer lab and that’s where you use the computer. Yes, you read that right, not even classrooms had a computer back then).

So I turned to books. Because all the adults encourage kids to read and even got excited when kids wanted to read. The school library became a sanctuary. I could choose any book I wanted and escape to another world, become another person. I could solve mysteries along with Encyclopedia Brown and take part in the Boston Tea with Johnny Tremain. I could learn about the world outside of my small little world and be content.

The Why

I love stories and I like championing stories. In all forms. Which is why I also love movies and television. And to do this, I blog reviews. But like I mentioned, these stories were not an escape, at least not how it started. The stemmed from curiosity and wonder. They were tools for learning.

So, I’m expanding upon the idea of just reviewing a book, movie, or television. Which is partly why I updated my heading to include ramblings of an INTP and tacked on “life” to the end. How am I going to do that is something I’m probably going to stumble my way through. Just as I did with my reviews. Don’t get me wrong. I have a plan. I’m just not sure how to execute it yet, but I’m determined and it’s important to me so . . . we’ll just have to see.

A new focus

Maybe it shouldn’t be new since it’s not really a new concept, but a refreshing on an old one. As I mentioned, a recalibration of sorts.

So, there you have it. A new, but not really, way of doing things. Or a new way of doing old things. Hahaha.

#JustSayin