[about the author]
i actually like speaking in front of large crowds. freakish,
i work crossword puzzles in ink.
i am the american nigella lawson. or maybe the american eddie
izzard. can't decide, really.
i would be a really good mom, but i'm cool with being a really
i am sometimes more perceptive than i would like to be.
i am fiercely loyal. sometimes, stupidly so.
i never play dumb. never.
i am way too hard on myself.
i am a change agent.
i sometimes cross that fine line between assertive and aggressive.
i am not afraid to tell people that i love them.
i am militantly pro-choice.
i am pro-adoption.
i know a little bit about alot of things.
i typically enjoy the company of men more than women.
i am capable of being really mean and nasty, but i fight it.
i am a lifelong cubs fan. do not laugh.
i have been known to hold a grudge.
i have hips.
i am not my sister.
i am lousy at forgiving myself.
i am an indoor kind of gal.
i am a bargain shopper. to the point of obsession.
i am 32 flavors. and then some.
the blogger behind the curtain
where to start? what is there to tell? what do you want to know?
i'm just your average thirty-something gal who started a blog just like bazillions of other average thirty-something gals [and guys for that matter]. it started out as a way to keep in touch with a long-distance friend without clogging up our inboxes. then, we started encouraging each other to "write," instead of just correspond. then, it seemed like a smart thing to do to add comments so we could tell each other what we thought of each other's writing without having to send an email. because sending an email flew in the face of the whole "not clogging up our inboxes."
then, lo and behold [well, more lo than behold, really] there came a comment from someone who was not my friend. and it hit me: holy crap, this interweb thing is, like, available to the public!
so, from that day forward, things changed a little bit. i started out trying to protect people in my "real" life by using only their initials. and, i tried to protect myself by remaining on a first-name-only basis with the nice folks on the world wide web. this seemed like a good idea given that everything i was writing -- and continue to write even now -- is true. i mean, spilling the embarrassing moments of my own life was one thing...but i didn't want to embarrass my friends and family without their permission. and getting their permission would entail telling them about this site. and i wasn't quite ready to do that.
but, now it's all out in the open.
anyway, after a while, things started happening. cool things. word seemed to be spreading about my little corner of the internet, and, much to my pleasant surprise, people started reading. quite a lot of people, actually. and, mostly, they seemed to enjoy reading what i had to say.
one day, i had an email from a reporter at the lexington herald-leader who was writing a story about blogs. she was nice enough to include some rather navel-gazing comments from me, and the secret was then out: my name. my full name. so, for the record, that's julia montgomery.
after that came a couple of diarist awards, which was very exciting. and then a 2004 bloggie award for the "best kept secret blog," which, i believe, translates to the equivalent of when tv guide does a cover story every year about "the best show you're not watching." or maybe it's entertainment weekly. i can't remember. anyway, that's me.
shortly thereafter, i was blown away by an offer to have some of my writing included in an upcoming anthology titled the best writing on the web. we're still working on that, but as soon as there's a publish date set, i'll be sure to let you know. trust me. you won't be able to shut me up.
i also had an opportunity to tell some of my stories to a live audience when i was asked to be a featured storyteller at fray day dc this year. and, while writing these stories and getting comments is great, i have to tell you that it was a complete rush to be able to see people's faces as they reacted to hearing the stories live. amazing stuff.
if you're new here, i would suggest checking out the list of posts along the left side of the screen over there...i guess those are the "greatest hits," for lack of any better way to say it. some are funny. some aren't. but they're probably a pretty good indicator of whether or not you're going to like the stories you find here. i hope you do, but let's face it...you can't please all of the people. or my grandmother.
so, that's how this whole thing came to be. you're caught up. the latest and greatest. all the news that's fit to print...err...blog. anyway, i would be remiss if i didn't say that i am humbled and thrilled and amazed and flattered that people come here and read what i write. it's just more than i ever imagined.
except, of course, for the part where i'm not getting paid.
so, thanks for stopping by. make yourself at home. drop an email. have a snack. enjoy.
what, you think there's still more to know? well...feel free to check out my 100 things about me list.
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