The idea of starting to write on a blank page always leaves me feeling full of anticipation and absolute dread.
They say endings are hard to write, but I contest that beginnings are no different. I mean, look at how much advice gets sprouted about writing that perfecting beginning - the right opening scene that immediately 'hooks' your reader in? The best endings are the ones that stay with you long after you finish a book, but it's the beginning that's meant to get you to that point.
What I'm not saying is that I have any problem with beginning stuff (no that's my inability to stick to commitments and finishing anything), but rather beginning off anything that will immediately blow people's mind with my unparalleled wit and prose.
Most of the time, I just write crap that only I find worth remembering, but isn't that the case with most writers? Just me?
But I'm getting ahead of myself. I swear there was a point to this blog post: a generic, almost obligatory introduction that basically outlines why I made this website and what I plan to do with it. Long story short, it's just a place to show off my (creative) writing projects and this blog is meant to be a 'behind the scenes' process of how I plan to actually, you know, get them done.
Why should you care if I achieve writing any of my ideas? Well honestly, you don't have to give a flying f#%$ because I am happy living in the bubble of my own unwarranted self-praise but to the two people who do, I guess I should make some sort of introduction.
Who am I? My name is Nhi Le, I'm Vietnamese-Australian and a graduate with a Bachelor of Arts (with Honours!) in Professional and Creative Writing. Which means that I've mastered the art of overthinking when it comes to all things literature, and accumulated nothing much else except my student debt, like the inevitable crawl towards my demise, that shall haunt me for the rest of my life.
I have become the caricature of any uni graduate, fresh out of the cocoon of university, working in a dead-end job that challenges any hope for a better future and constantly confronts me with the one main question:
In all honesty, I don't know. Maybe I'll just keep working til I die, full of ideas that will never get fully realized because I have no idea what to do with them, let alone on how to start them and finish it. That is probably why I always flake out on any sort of writing commitment I make: whether that's to write submissions for writing competitions or consistent participating in writing events like NaNoWriMo. And as one of my favourite writing Youtubers, Jenna Moreci says, public shaming is a great incentive to have motive and be held accountable for your commitments. So that's basically why I made this entire website, and start of this blog really.
Will anything happen after this post? Well who know, but I probably will because just spewing my thoughts out is easier than actually get stuff done (and let's be real, I gotta make my money's worth because paying for domains/website hosting especially for something snazzy like Squarespace ain't exactly cheap).
But while you're here, enjoy the ending of this post with the inspiration of this blog title. which is essentially just an excuse to shoehorn in my love for the Jem and the Holograms TV show. Because really, who doesn't want to be an 80s proto-Hannah Montana with bedazzling pink hair, and a holographic machine that'd help you make all your dreams come true?