Allison Black

One day I’ll have something very cool and important to put here (like “bestselling author of x, y, z…), but for now I’ll start by sharing less impressive things. I write, of course, but I play video games way more often. I read, but I prefer non-fiction. My favorite hobby is crying in the car. I guess I do like politics, just a little bit. And, I’m excited to announce, I am slowly–slowly–learning Spanish. I’ve got the basics down in DuoLingo so I’m feeling pretty good about myself. Yo soy la leche, bebo hombre.

When my mother asked me why I want to write, a voice in my head answered before my mouth could: Because I have to. Most of the time I feel like I’m stumbling through life haplessly, hopelessly. Writing and politics–they help keep me grounded, help me find ways to give my life meaning. I guess that’s what brought me here.

but a dream

You may be wondering what’s up with the motel, or why my blog name might make you think of infants. Actually, the name is a reference to an old forum username I had as a teen. I wrote a pretty popular fanfiction there, had my 15 minutes of fame, and now every so often lapse into anguished nostalgia for a better, simpler time.

The motel has a sadder meaning. I don’t know if you’re familar with Meg Myers or her song Motel, but it is one hell of a tune. I felt a deep connection with it the moment I heard it and it has become the sobering epitome of how I feel about my life currently. Plus, I mean, that was a really cool picture.

I hope you’re able to find something enjoyable in what I write, and I look forward to learning much from the wonderful writing community here.

Photo by Nathaniel Watson on Unsplash