What is Avenue X?

What is Avenue X?

(Pretend there are Angelfire gifs of construction-type caution tape and "pardon our dust" stuff here.) This is Avenue X, a brand new home for things I write and who knows what else! It will be up and running here shortly (those Angelfire gifs are working hard behind the scenes), but you can subscribe in the meantime if you'd like to stay up to date and receive emails when new content is published!

Forever ago, I lived in Brooklyn off the F line. The F train ends at Coney Island, so it was pretty easy for me to make the trek out there, and every once in a while I did, though usually at weird times or in the off-season. (On my first visit--not long after I moved to the city--the person I was with suggested we get some ice cream (soft serve, baby) and...I couldn't afford the luxury of it on my sad $8/hour bookseller's wages. I'm still not really sure how I managed to survive at all on that kind of money for more than, say, ten minutes? Ah, what a time!)

One of the stops on the F between mine and Coney Island is Avenue X, and let me tell you, that name had me hooked from the moment I laid eyes on it at the station. Had it been Avenue W or any other letter, really, it would have perhaps gotten a mental shrug from me at most. But "Avenue X"? How very intriguing! I immediately wanted to live on Avenue X, for surely it was an avenue full of mysteries and the unknown (maybe spies?). Something about the promise of that name made me think that on Avenue X, anything was possible. The knowable, the unknowable, and the maybes. All of it.

Of course, it's really just a regular ol' street in Brooklyn, much like any other. But that name is still so much more to me.

So it's fitting for this place, I think, or, at least, it makes sense to me. After all, this is just a blog, really, but...it can also be anything.

Rather than spread out over a million websites in some kind of Stacie Ponder diaspora, I want Avenue X to be a catch-all for whatever I feel like writing. Final Girl will still exist as its own entity, but I will be cross-posting whatever I post there over here. Nightsoaps will be absorbed into this site and I will pick that up again. Maybe I will write about, I don't know, some gum that I saw if I think it's worth writing about? Non-horror movies. Music. Books. Video games. Stuff I have going on. Possibly I will post some art or other things? We'll see. For whatever reason, it's never occurred to me that I could simply...have a single place for all of it and that would be okay (I'm awfully slow on the uptake sometimes, sorry), but we're here now and I suppose that's what matters.

I'm already enjoying the idea of the freedom of it and the mysteries and unknowns about this Avenue X (maybe spies?). So if you would like to get off at this stop once in a while, as I mentioned at the start there's an email list / newsletter thing you can sign up for via those pink button things (not a euphemism). Yes, I also finally realized that it is no longer 2007 and people don't visit 100 blogs per day anymore! People enjoy a newsletter and reading things right in their email inboxes. (Again: slow on the uptake.) I'm still figuring out how all this works, but I can promise that you won't be inundated with emails. (But hey, if you're a Final Girl reader, signing up will be a good way to stay updated as to the doings over there!)

At any rate, I'm glad you stopped here for a moment on your way to elsewhere. Get some soft serve if you can.

I was probably thinking about the ice cream I couldn't afford