Hi, I’m Ed.
I started writing The Aberrant Pen in 2011 as an experiment in building a platform as a professional writer, and over the years, my pen has certainly proven “errant” as I struggled to find my voice and my audience.
One of the most oft-repeated bits of advice given to new writers is, “Write what you know.” It turns out that I didn’t know as much as I thought I did, and after a couple of failed attempts at writing about writing, I turned to using the blog as a travelogue of my time in France in 2012, where I became one of the few, lucky young men of whom Ernest Hemingway spoke in his infamous classic A Moveable Feast.
And it’s true: although I live in the United States now, Paris does stay with you always, and part of my work entails helping other North American college students prepare for their own experiences abroad. While I still don’t know a lot of things, I do know that “il n’y a pas que Paris en France (There’s more than just Paris in France) !” and quite a bit more about l’Hexagone and what it takes to become Almost French.
They say home is where the heart is, but if that’s true, I’m afraid my heart is divided in two. Whether you’re looking to plan a vacation in the land of our ancestors, the Gauls, or you just want to brush up on your high school French, I’d be delighted to show you around my second home. I hope that, like a favorite café or librairie, you will feel at home here too in this, your rendez-vous spot for all things French.