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“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” -Ernest Hemingway

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.

Bienvenue !

15 thoughts on “About”

  1. I am a full-time freelance writer, so I can definitely relate to your story. The blank page scares me more than clowns…and I’m TERRIFIED of clowns.

    I’m also a fan of Kristin Lamb…longtime subscriber of her blog, and I’m currently reading “Are You There Blog, It’s Me, Writer.”

    It’s nice to “virtually” meet you, Ed!

  2. I say, dear writer, that you couldn’t be more right. I started a blog yesterday and thank god for word processing otherwise I wouldn’t have anything down. I have literally spent the entire day writing one post out of occasional sentences that pop into my mind and then arduously fitting them together in a mildly chronological manor. I have no idea what I intend to write about what so ever yet, but either way, I have enjoyed reading your blog, it’s very entertaining 🙂

  3. I, too, have done NaNoWriMo and my efforts lie in a dusty pile somewhere. Good for you for working on them and for starting a blog to not only improve your writing skills (which are fab, btw), but aid other writers. Thanks and have a great day!

    1. Thank you so much! I appreciate the honor, even though I don’t usually keep up with the blog awards.

      I’m glad that you like my blog, and I hope it continues to serve as a source of inspiration for you!

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