A Dribble of Ink began opened its doors in May 2007, a couple of days after I graduated from my university program with a license to build websites. I didn’t have a job yet, though through a series of related and fortuitous events, I had in my hands ARCs (Advance Review Copies, essentially) of Acacia: The War with the Mein by David Anthony Durham, which was catching some buzz around the web, even before the blogosphere was the force that it is today, and The Elves of Cintra by Terry Brooks, a genre heavyweight, so, I did what any overeager college student would do: I started a blog.
Since that time, I have been overjoyed by the wonderful (though sometimes aggressive and snarky) community that has sprung up around A Dribble of Ink and similar blogs. That community keeps me inspired and is a terrific source of discussion and conversations about the speculative fiction genres and geekdom in general. I am proud to have published articles by many different fan writers, from other bloggers, to award-winning authors — including: Daniel Abraham, N.K. Jemisin, Kate Elliott, Christopher J. Garcia, Brent Weeks and many others.
When asked in an interview about A Dribble of Ink’s name, I responded,
I love the name of my blog, not least for the ‘A’ at the beginning generally placing me at the top of blogrolls, which has always been a boon for directing traffic in my direction, and I wish there was a story behind the name, something interesting, thematic or representative of who I am, or what my blog aspires to be, but there is no story. I was creating the blog, WordPress asked me for a name and I typed something in. That’s it. Sorry.
Well, no. Looking back, I suppose it might have been inspired by the opening line of Robin Hobb’s Assassin’s Apprentice, which has stuck with me since I first read it. It reads, “My pen falters, then falls from my knuckly grip, leaving a worm’s trail of ink across Fedwren’s paper.”
There wasn’t any high purpose beyond starting a blog, other than my nagging narcissism, though the blogosphere wasn’t big at the time. Getting into blogging’s the easy part, staying in the game is the hard part. I’ve watched a lot of blogs come and go in that time, I’m not sure how I’ve managed to stick it out.
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