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A toast to new beginnings . . .

Welcome to the Madhouse.

In many ways, this shiny new website you're visiting right now represents a sort of new beginning for me. It's something I've been thinking about for a long time, but kept putting off.

I mean, you're looking at a lot of work here, building a website. A lot of feeling around in the dark, trying to figure out where to start. And while I wouldn't exactly call myself computer illiterate (is that even still a current phrase, in these modern, futuristic days of wireless connectivity and cloud storage?), I'll be the first to admit, I'm about as familiar with most of the technical terms related to computer activity and operation as I am with the languages spoken on Mars and Jupiter. Which is to say not at all.

I know how to use the things, and I can usually find my way around, but as far as how a computer works, or why it sometimes doesn't? No idea.

And so when it occurred to me that it was probably time to finally get a writer's site off the ground, the idea was so intimidating to me that I just sort of pushed it aside. I used all the standard arguments about it, too:

1) Even if I did start a website, there's no guarantee that anyone will even visit it.

2) Doesn't a website offer a sort of faceless presence, something that's cold and neutral and lacks my charming and slightly twisted personality?

3) As a writer, wouldn't my time and energy be better spent actually writing?