Go ahead. Ask me anything.
I like questions. I adore questions. Questions and I have flirted, romanced and downed shots of tequila before waking up on the floor together in a barely sunlit haze. My incessant tendencies in this direction have led to much new knowledge, some close scrapes and a career in journalism ("No way, you're paying me to ask people about tough topics? Sweet!")
On a more serious note, I continue to believe that questions — and the willingness to consider difficult answers — are one of the best scalpel blades we have to cut away the layers of reality until we are wiser than we began.
But as much as I like asking questions, I also like answering them, or having a good one dance around in the brain for awhile until it triggers all sorts of new ideas. Back when I actively wrote on livejournal, I would periodically invite my circle of readers to ask me any question on their minds. It remains, to this day, one of the more fulfilling things I've done online.
Fortunately, formspring allows me to do exactly that in a sleekier, fancier fashion. Why I'm putting this up here, readers, is that while I welcome questions about my personal life or grand topics, I also want to take this opportunity to ask for your input about The Breaking Time.
I've written here for over a year now, and a lot has happened in that time. All the slick "how to" guides for blogs advise the writer to pick a specific niche, become an expert and not stray too far outside those lines.
I believe in eclecticism. I believe that everything ties together enough that political dogfights, government reforms, grand ideas, bloody history, soul-searing art, personal stories and forgotten literature all have their place, along with any other topic that jumps out of the wordwork and demands our attention. I chose "There is no They" as this site's motto for a very specific reason, but I might also add Terence's perfect thought: "I am human; nothing human is alien to me." That's what I shoot for, however haphazardly.
I plan to continue writing here for a long time to come, but I also want to change, be it a redesign, some better features or honing my writing style (or all of the above). At the end of the day, I'm just one brain and one set of eyes; I screw up plenty, miss even more.
So let me know, here or over at the convenient question box. What do you want to see? What do I need to improve? What should I leave well enough alone?
Rant, rave, quietly suggest, but let me know. I've been stunned by the intelligence of the readership here on more than one occasion. I appreciate the hell out of all of you, and here's to the next steps down the road.