Strange and strangled bio


All I wanted was a short bio to insert in the front cover of the next print of Random. Nothing complicated. Surely not too hard a task for someone supposedly good with words?

It was a tortuous process. I stopped and started, fed the dogs, fed the birds, went to Tai Chi….surely that would calm me and give space for simple words to fill. But no, when I returned to my keyboard, nothing would come that didn’t sound like a conversation between Mrs Thatcher and the Queen.

Tea, that’s the answer. Then write it as if it’s about a stranger, in the third person. That didn’t work either. It emerged as a strange strangled paragraph. Even more so when transposed into first person.

I couldn’t creep up on the words by distracting myself with a bit of light dusting, nor could I force them out with a spell of mindless digging in the veg patch. Nothing came. Nothing at all.

So I dragged in a photo and underneath it reads in small text,

‘Sally J Blackmore – I write poetry….but not biographies, thumbnail or otherwise.’

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About SallyJ

I am a writer and a poet.
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One Response to Strange and strangled bio

  1. jolyrat says:

    Hi Sally,
    Glad your house is now dust free and the veggie patch ready for planting! How much to reveal in a bio is a quandary but can’t it be left to your work to reveal all? A touch of mystery is something to value.

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