Sunday, October 12, 2008

Why This Blog

I began writing a book called "Weird Colorado" at the beginning of 2008. It's been a long, strange, fiercely funny journey shared with my indulgent husband -- who responds with love and intelligence, if not enthusiasm.

Then I started sharing my adventures in weirdness with a wider audience. It turned out that people liked to hear about my adventures collecting the stories as much as they enjoyed the actual stories.

"You should write a book about that!" they often said. Hence, this blog.

To a freelancer slogging along in rather lonely independence, positive feedback is as welcome as plankton to a hungry whale.

I hope to keep that plankton a-comin' while I press on toward the final three chapters of "Weird Colorado" and my end-of-year deadline for final submission. It will also help keep my experiences fresh and my observations useful even as the pressure of Things That Must Get Done threaten to crowd them out of my personal memory chip.

Just as importantly, I'm hoping this blog will encourage others to share their stories and knowledge of a colorful and quirky Colorado. There is a rich vein of lore hidden under the surface of what has already been published about Colorado online and in print. All the many wonderful historians before me have not completely worked out this mine. There is so much left I can't mine it alone.

If you're not familiar with Barnes & Noble's "Weird U.S." series of fine, hardback books, please take a look at the various volumes listed on the B&N web site, or at The flagship book, "Weird New Jersey" was written by Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman.

The Mark lads now have a web site, Weird NJ (also Weird U.S.), listed under Links You Shouldn't Miss. They also do an occasional show called "Weird U.S." on the Travel Channel, and videos on YouTube.

If you enjoy reading about the odder aspects of history, fascinating legends, strange customs, hilarious happenings, colorful characters, interesting places and all kinds of high strangeness and Fortean stuff, then please check out "Weird U.S." and support this blog with your encouragement and suggestions.


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