|Yes, it's the Grand Canyon. Big hole in the ground, huh?|
I decided awhile back that I wanted a personal blog, something for posts that were not about entertainment. And even though I've been secretive about myself for years, I'm going to include some personal details. (That photo to your right is a shot of the Grand Canyon, which I just saw for the first time a couple of weeks ago. No, I'm not posting photos of myself. Don't you all remember the Billie Doux FAQ? I look just like Evangeline Lilly.)
Anyway. After twelve long years, I just left Los Angeles forever and have moved back to Pennsylvania, my home state. I found a way to retire early from my career as a librarian. And now I have a lot more time to write! And read, and paint, and visit family, and snuggle with my adorable cats. Personal blogs are nothing without pet photos, so here are said adorable cats.
The somewhat homely one on the left is Spike, and guess whom I named him after. The striped, pretty one on the right is Fox. Guess whom I named him after. No, really. Post a comment. I love comments. I so want this personal blog thing to not be a waste of time.
It's time that I "come out" about something. And that's Dan, or as he prefers to be called, Daniel, whom I've mentioned many times in my reviews. He's my son. Part of me didn't want to tell the world that I was old enough to have a grown son, but I do. When I first started writing about television, he was still in school. And now he's not. My son Daniel is a wonderful man, and I'm very proud of the person he has become. He might post some stuff here, too.
So anyway, how did I manage to stop working? No, I'm not elderly, although I'm probably older than I appear to be online. And no, Doux Reviews is not making a bunch of money. I wish. Doux Reviews is making thirty to fifty bucks a month on the average, which is better than a kick in the teeth and easily pays for its own upkeep, but what's left doesn't even support my book habit. The truth is, I made a couple of career decisions, one long ago and one more recently, that worked out for me financially. I'm on a permanent leash of a small budget that I hope won't turn into a noose, but all I've ever wanted to do is stay home and write, even if I have to live on peanut butter.
So now that I can do that, what am I going to write about? Obviously, I will not neglect Doux Reviews in any way, shape or form. In fact, I'm planning to write a lot more reviews, so you'll be seeing an increase in my presence on the Doux Reviews site. But I want to write about other things, too. I'm planning a post or two about… yes, I just left it… the weirdness of life in Los Angeles. I've always wanted to post what I wrote about my trips to Norway, France and South Korea. There's political opinion, too, although I know that might be controversial. (I'm a liberal. I've always been a liberal, since I was old enough to think and form my own opinions.)
But my first real post will be about my sister. I wrote an essay about her a couple of weeks ago and sent it to a few friends, and I'm going to post it here. I hope you'll stick around and read it.