I've had my fair share of failed blogs, the last of which I called "Twentysomething." These were blogs that encompassed my life as a whole. When I made the New Year's resolution that led to this blog, I wanted it to be solidly about my writing (even though I incorporate plenty about my life).
The blog title came from Hemingway. That's one of the best places to get a blog title, I think.
As you probably know, Hemingway (or I could be pretentious and call him 'Papa') moved to Paris in 1921 and shortly thereafter met Gertrude Stein.
The advice actually comes from The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, which was Stein's self-portrait. In it, she wrote [addressing Hemingway]:
'There is a great deal of description in this,' she said, 'and not particularly good description. Begin over again and concentrate,' she said.
I'm no Hemingway, but I could use some of that concentration, and I'm sure you can too.
So thanks, Gertie. You were a weird one, but I like you nonetheless.
PS: You can argue that the blog title actually comes from Stein, but I'm going to go ahead and say it's Hemingway. He's my Papa, after all...
PPS: If you want a good example of too much bad description, check out my new pages! I just figured out how to do them. :-)