Just kidding. Anybody who knows me is aware that I don’t own a pair of boots. There are certain Southern stereotypes I’m just not willing to play into.
But the truth is that I’m a heavy walker. (When I say that out loud, it always sounds very Seinfeldian to me. Wasn’t there an episode about a low talker?) When I walk, things literally shake in my wake. Knick-knacks are always toppling to the ground when I breeze by if they’re not pushed back far enough on the shelf. People have been known to refer to my entrances as sounding like a herd of elephants.
I don’t know why I’m a heavy walker; I just always have been. You’d think I’d be a little lighter on my feet since I’m so short, but it’s as if I make up for my lack of height with my astounding mass. I try to walk quietly, but I can’t do it. The only time I can walk without announcing my impending arrival 20 steps beforehand is when I shuffle in socks. Thank goodness I don’t have to wear heels on the concrete floor of a classroom anymore, I suppose.
I’m so far on the drop edge of yonder that I’m almost falling off into the ether.
This is the fourth incarnation of this blog. The first two were on Blogspot, but I had my own domain name for the third. I couldn’t afford the fees to renew the hosting in the summer of 2009. Four months later, I realize that I’ve lived without a blog long enough. Too much of my life happens online because of the nature of my work and my relationships, and I can’t pare all that down into 140 characters on Twitter (You can find me there listed as @DropEdge) or a cheesy status update on Facebook (You can find me there if you know my real name).
In the last four months things have managed to somehow remain the same and yet change dramatically. After more than a year of unemployment in a decidedly uncertain economy, I’m doing the kind of work I’ve always dreamed about doing--and I’m doing it online from the comfort of my own home. (And usually naked. But don’t worry; it’s not that kind of online work. I’m working as a freelance writer, editor, and virtual assistant.) On the other hand, I found out today that my home won’t be my own by this time next month, which means that I have to find a new place to live ASAP. Part of me wants to pick up and move somewhere totally new and unexpected, and part of me wants to stay right here in this lovely little community in the gently rolling hills of rural Arkansas.
As usual, I still don’t have any idea what I’m doing when it comes to customizing a personal blog. Expect this space to remain plain and ridiculously unadorned. If I could figure out how to do cool stuff, I would. Probably, anyway. Maybe someday I’ll figure out how to transfer everything from the last blog to this one, but there’s no time for that now. I have an eBook to research, 33 product descriptions to write, and 1200 people to request as friends on Facebook for various freelance jobs.