I originally embarked on writing a blog last year because I had taken on a large writing project—a novel—and I decided that I needed a touchstone to remember why I was doing what I was doing. I originally used the blog to connect on a regular basis with something about myself, or about life, that made me smile. Or else I would offer my perspective on issues such as feminism today, or else the importance of being a diligent student of history. I even added a few posts about writing and my own writing process. Meanwhile, I continued to pursue my dream of writing a book and sharing my work with the world.