Why “October Maple”?


First of all, I wanted a blog name that would always hold up, in spite of whatever direction my blogging might go. Many eons ago (2008-2011) I had a blog called Life is a Patchwork Quilt. A nice name, except that I quickly got tired of discussing quilting (my progress was always too slow anyway) and found myself talking books almost exclusively. I don’t even really quilt anymore now, anyway. I didn’t want my new blog’s title to end up being misleading.

My birthday is in October and I believe most people favor the season they were born in. Yes, I do love fall. I love the outdoor color changes. I love starting to wear sweaters again and feeling like I have a new wardrobe even though the last time I wore them would actually have been a few months ago, rather than being new. I even love Pumpkin Spice flavored everything. Did you know that nearly every brewing company now has a Pumpkin Spice type seasonal beer? I’ve been trying whatever I find. Thus far, I especially like Evil Genius Beer Company’s Trick or Treat Chocolate Pumpkin Porter. It’s from Connecticut. I don’t like traditional pumpkin pie though (something about its texture).  So, the October part of my blog title was easy.

Choosing the second part of the title was harder. I researched October this or October that and most were taken up blogging- or business-wise. One was not, but was the name of  a horror movie. So, forget that one. Fortunately, Maple didn’t seem to be taken. Welcome to the world, October Maple.

It is my hope that, whatever I end up discussing here, that this blog will (at least occasionally) prove relevant to some readers. To just relate what happened to me today? There’s Facebook and/or Instagram for that. Or diaries for more private people. To just discuss books? I’m on LibraryThing, but I may still mention here a book that I consider wonderful. I have lots of ideas brimming, but I suspect that this blog will frequently deal with life transitions and adjustments. Stay tuned!

New Beginnings

My name is Valerie. I have many interests. Reading. Books. The process of writing. Art — making it and appreciating it — which includes painting, drawing, and jewelry-making. Art history and history in general — especially the history of fashion (even though I’m not a fashion plate. I love books more, so any spare money I have goes to books instead of clothes). Travel. Good food and drink.

That's me.
That’s me.

So what will be the focus of this blog? I don’t know yet. If I waited to figure that out, this blog would never happen. One thing I do know is that I crave the process of writing. Perhaps this blog will help feed that craving.

I have a family, who I love first and foremost. Family comes first with me. In spite of that, this blog will not focus on them. I respect their privacy too much. I will mention them, but without great details. They’ll be referred to as: Husband, Older son (currently 20), Daughter (currently 17), and Younger Son (currently 14). Or something along those lines.

I have blogged before. Those blogs are no longer out there in the blogosphere. I kept telling myself I didn’t have time to maintain them. Why I said that would probably be best left to mull over at another time. This time around, I’ll just forge ahead and see what happens.

So, let’s go!