Hiding in Plain Sight

319F841E-7408-470A-AC0F-0CFAA1958906To a post that I wrote for the WordPress one-word prompt yesterday, a short, somewhat tongue-in-cheek piece of flash fiction, I received a comment from one of my regular readers (and favorite bloggers), Marilyn Armstrong at Serendipity, who wrote:

“This is one of those times in which I wish there was more of you in this and less verbal play. It’s cute, but where are YOU?”

Marilyn’s comment got me thinking. Marilyn is very open in her excellent blog about who she is in “the real world.” She posts about herself, her husband, her family, her home, her dogs, her work, her play, and the trials, tribulations, and joys of her life. Her blog is very personal and she’s quite forthcoming. And that’s why she has more than 10,000 followers.

My blog’s About page notes upfront that “My real world identity will remain a mystery.” I once had my identity stolen and it took many painful months to get that all straightened out. Consequently, I am perhaps overly guarded about revealing too much about myself, my personal life, and my family, which is why I blog anonymously.

Also on my About page, I reveal that I’m a retired, liberal, practical, and pragmatic septuagenarian. I also admit that I can be a bit cantankerous, as well as somewhat pedantic (i.e., fussy) when it comes to grammar, spelling, and usage.

Now if I wanted to be glib about answering Marilyn’s question about where I am, I could respond by saying that I live in San Francisco with my wife, our dog, and our cat.

But in reality, I’m a boring man, a senior citizen who lives a rather routine, nondescript life. I’m neither particularly inspiring nor especially interesting. Which is why many of my posts on this blog recently are flash fiction pieces in response to various prompts. What goes on inside my imagination is much more fascinating and colorful than what goes on in my real world.

So to answer Marilyn’s question, I’m right here. A piece of me is in every post I write, whether I’m expressing my opinions, sharing my observations, offering my perspectives, or flexing my imagination. This post and my words that you are reading is where I am.

I’m right here…hiding in plain sight.

10 thoughts on “Hiding in Plain Sight

  1. newepicauthor February 25, 2018 / 8:00 am

    You are who you are for a reason, you have developed an intricate plan that makes you precious perfect and unique.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. pensitivity101 February 25, 2018 / 8:01 am

    Know exactly what you mean Fandango (thanks for the follow by the way). Each of us puts a piece of ourselves into our writings, or the comments we make and respond to.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. rugby843 February 25, 2018 / 9:37 am

    I loved this because it’s so much the way I feel. Imagination is a life saver. I used to be more guarded about where I live, etc, but not anymore.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Sight11 March 1, 2018 / 5:44 am

    I see you Sensei. You’re not hiding, if you are, you are doing a bad job at it.

    Liked by 1 person

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