I uploaded my first website in 1994, an homage to Obi-Wan Kenobi called Wasteland (pre-Phantom Menace, obviously). It was up for less than 24 hours before I took it down to tinker with it. Since then I have created, uploaded and deleted more personal websites and blogs than I can remember.
They all had one common denominator: they had some sort of unifying theme. One was a diary of my daily activities at the university where I work. Another followed my attempts to improve my physical fitness. Another followed my early career as a builder in the virtual world Second Life. One very well-developed one, which ran to about 40 pages, was called Sirius Black in the Canon, and was a line-by-line analysis of every instance when Sirius Black appeared/was mentioned, either explicitly or by association, in the Harry Potter books, with a few short essays on things like the length of his hair, and his family background. It was never uploaded, and I still have it on a floppy disk.
The problem is, I have periods when I am obsessively interested in things, so I can’t keep a blog or a website limited to one topic. Some people (my boyfriend, for example) think this makes me a bit of a dilettante. Maybe it does, I don’t know. I don’t think it’s any worse than doing a ten-week seminar on the history of paper manufacturing at uni, and then claiming to “know a bit about paper manufacturing” (real life example!).
This blog simply exists as a platform for me to enthuse about whatever it is that’s captured my fannish interest. There’ll be a lot of puerile gushing, so apologies in advance, but you can’t say you weren’t warned.
The title image on the front page is Paul Nash’s “Black and white negative, Avebury stone (double exposure)”, 1933.
The term “audient void” comes from HP Lovecraft’s 1920 prose poem, Nyarlathotep. If you’ve never read any Lovecraft, you can find his complete works online here, free to read and download. I recommend starting with Herbert West: Reanimator, a ghoulish comedy, The Dunwich Horror, a tragic family drama, or The Shadow Over Innsmouth, which I can’t really describe without giving the plot away.