Welcome, there! Let me have your coat, and make yourself comfortable—scan the bookshelves, reading the titles along the spines; absorb the warm ambience of the room, the maps hung on the walls, stringed lights draped along the ceiling, houseplants huddled on the window sill; notice the cat curled beneath the chair in the corner, twitching its whiskers as she dreams. This—this is Slanted Spines.
About six years ago, I began this blog, but long before that, my passion for writing erupted from my soul. I have always known that my destiny is to write, but in my younger years I was much more shy about sharing my work, and so creating Slanted Spines was a nerve-wracking yet monumental leap. When I created Slanted Spines, I just decided that I’d post a blog article every Friday and it would be a good way to routinely write in my free time. (I was a college sophomore then, and had difficulties motivating my creative writing.) But as my voice became stronger each week, Slanted Spines went from something I was self-conscious about and shared the link with no one but my mom, to some sort of a business! I mean, granted, I don’t actually make money from this, but I conduct myself pretty professionally.
Every Friday, Slanted Spines posts something different. Originally, there was no strict rhyme or reason—some weeks I felt like drawing a comic, other weeks I felt like writing a story—but rain or sun, I’d post something I’d created special for that week. The biggest “rule” was that whatever it was, it went live on Friday. It’s been an incredible creative exercise, and while it’s also been a pain in my butt to keep up with this deadline every week for four years, by now, it’s gotten much easier to keep up with. (Even if I still put it off until Thursday night some weeks…)
When the pandemic drastically altered our lives, I began reading much more often. During that time, I created a YouTube channel under the same name “Slanted Spines” where I discussed the books I was reading–a “booktube” channel, if you will. Having always been an avid reader but tapered off during my undergraduate degree, the socially distant nature of society helped reignite my fervor for reading, and the subject of my blog posts began to reflect this. In fact, it was amidst this period of change that I realized I wanted to become a librarian, and I enrolled in a Master’s program and began working at a local library. Now, Slanted Spines focuses mostly on bookish content. I still post every Friday morning, but more often than not these days, my posts feature a book review, reading tips or lists, or topics related to journaling.
Emily Dickinson once wrote in a poem, “Tell all the truth, but tell it slant.” I find it poetic that the strip of binding in a book is called a book spine, a word which likens a book to a living creature. Sometimes I look at my bookshelf, observing the way my books lean upon each other, resting their head on the shoulder of their slumped neighbor. We’re all a little slanted, at different angles, our spines a little worn from the weight of the hearts that we carry. With Slanted Spines, we embrace our qualities and quirks; we each have our story to share, within our pages, no matter how tattered or torn.
If you’d like to learn more about me, you can visit the About the Writer page, and I suggest checking out the different categories at the foot of the web page so you can begin exploring the multitude of content available on Slanted Spines! Make sure to follow Slanted Spines on all my social media—my handle is always @ slantedspines!
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