I'm creating a new category and a new project that we'll see if I actually finish. Some of the misguided fools who still read this thing have asked for more information about me. I loath autobiography, but there is a middle way that I thought I'd try.
Much of my life has been colored by places, and certain feelings and situations often inwardly evoke imagery from particular locations. I'm more attuned to images and visual significance than I'm usually willing to admit, so the option of writing about a specific place will reveal as much about me as the place itself. Not to mention it might be more readable than dry dossier of life factoids. Moreover, most of the places I've chosen are laden with the feel of specific people of personal influence. I most often experience memories of people in the imagery and impressions of a place, even though that place might be somewhere the person's never been. So in places coincide memories, perspective, and personal relationships. This is not true travel-writing - this is me running around within my mental landscape, which just happens to be composed of significant chunks of real ground.
To give myself some accountability, here's a list of the places I'll be writing about:
Lake Kwada, Zaire
Lake Turkana, Kenya
Pate and Mandu Islands, Kenya
Eldama Ravine, Kenya
Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
La cathédrale de Saint-Etienne, Metz, France
L'amphithéatre de Nîmes, during the Feria, France
Doolin, beneath the Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland
Nakhwaam, Busosan, Buyeo, Chungcheongnam-do, Korea
These will not all merit equal length, of course, but they should all get some blogspace. I might do them out of order. I might change the location. I might add Brugges, Belgium to the mix. Or Helsinki, Finland. But the former might be too boring and the latter too overwrought. Anyway, I'll see what I can do. We'll see if I even finish it.