Welcome, there! Let me have your coat, and make yourself comfortable—scan the bookshelves, reading the titles along the spines; study the room and the maps hung on the walls, the houseplants huddled on the window sill; notice the cat curled beneath the chair in the corner, twitching its whiskers as it dreams. This—this is Slanted Spines.
Four 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 be a writer, and so creating Slanted Spines was the most important step I took towards my journey as a career writer—I just didn’t know it at the time. 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 much (if any) money from this, but I conduct myself pretty professionally.
Every Friday, Slanted Spines posts something different. There’s no strict rhyme or reason to why I post what I post—some weeks I feel like drawing a comic, other weeks I feel like writing a story—but rain or sun, I post something I’ve created special for that week. Here and there, I come up with a new posting pattern or find a particular rhythm, but the biggest “rule” is that whatever it is, it goes live on Friday. It’s an incredible creative exercise, and while it’s 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…)
What started as a blog has now become my “brand.” Over the years I’ve created more Slanted Spines accounts, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and TikTok! I’ve also begun to focus more on book reviews to share my love of reading with others and record my reading experiences.
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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