Hello, internet. My name is Goldfish. As I write this, I’m at the tail end of a particularly nasty stomach flu that I picked up as a souvenir in San Francisco this past weekend. It wasn’t for sale in the gift shops. I would have preferred a Golden Gate Bridge key chain.
I haven’t eaten anything in over 36 hours because I still am not capable of keeping food in my stomach where it belongs. Stupid stomach.
Given that my thinker is barely working at the moment due to aforementioned illness, I asked our beloved Rarasaur for a prompt. I took the lazy way out. Yell me if you wish, but I think three days of virulent illness is reason enough to not be at my best. Anyway, here is Rara’s prompt:
A genie grants you three blog-related-wishes, with all the normal genie caveats–what are your three wishes?
Not just wishes, but blog-related wishes? That’s like getting a gift card for a specific store. “Wooo $300!… to spend at the Dollar Store.” Oh.
OK, then, Rara. Three blog-related wishes it is. Wish, The First:
I wish I had the time to write every day.
I try to write every day, but life intervenes. I have a million half started posts (well, less than a hundred if you want to get all technical about it). I start to write something, get interrupted and lose my train of thought. Or I’ll come back from the interruption, reread it, discover that it’s all bullocks. I’ll throw it indignantly into drafts just in case there is something in there worth saving later. Generally, there isn’t. I go through my drafts folder every few months. Some of the drafts get re-saved as drafts for later, but most of the crap gets deleted.
It would be nice if time would just stop while I was writing. I could ask for a magical time-stopping keyboard. This magical time-stopping keyboard would stop time only while I was writing something. I could turn it on when I wanted to write and then turn it off when I was done and time would go right back to where I started. That would be swell. I could get so much accomplished with that. Although, realistically, I’d probably use it to sleep more. Maybe there needs to be some no-cheating-for-sleeping shut off on my magical time-stopping keyboard.
I wish I was a little less shy.
I know, you’re thinking to yourself, “Pish posh! This fish couldn’t possibly be shy. She’s writing on another person’s blog!” I like to think of you using phrases like pish posh. Sorry about that, old chap.
The truth is, I am dreadfully shy. I’m better than I used to be, but I am still very shy and socially awkward. My blog personality is pretty much the same as my real life personality, i.e. a huge dork, but it takes a lot more work on your part to see it. I do not open up easily in the real world, but online I’ll share my deepest, darkest secrets with anyone who happens along. It doesn’t make a lick of sense, but I hide behind a fish. The fish allows me to share everything. I think if I had to use my real name on my blog, it would be a very boring blog indeed. Maybe it already is.
My second genie wish is to be more sociable. I reply to most comments left on my blog. I am ever so grateful to and slightly envious of my blog commenters. To just randomly walk into a blog you’ve never seen before and leave a comment without freaking out about it must be nice. Kudos to all of you danger seeking blog commenters! I’d like to be more like you.
I wish I had time to read more blogs.
I was out of town all weekend and then I was sick. Today is the first day since last week that I’ve been in front of a computer. I have a ton of catching up to do on all the lovely blogs I follow and I’m not sure that I’ll have time to catch up. That stinks. All of those words out there, forlorn and unread by me. I was Freshly Pressed a couple of months ago and I still haven’t had time to sit down and check out all the blogs of my new subscribers. That’s terrible.
My third genie wish is for more time to read. I’d like one day a week dedicated to reading all of the blog posts I’ve missed and discover new ones. I’m always thrilled to discover a new blog that I like and have never read before.
Is that too much to ask, Blog-Related Genie™? Now that I think about it, I probably don’t need you for those wishes anyway. I could probably make them come true myself if I put a little work into it. Still, I’d really like a magical time-stopping keyboard. Thanks!
Now that you love FishOfGold as much as I do, check out her blog for flash fiction, autobiographical tales that will make you feel, and rants that will crack you up. Figuratively. If I were you, I’d start here: