If you somehow succeed in getting past the elite paramilitary mercenaries and a fierce-yet-adorable Boxador, you may become one of the privileged few to enter the warehouse. Inside, you will find the records and artifacts that will one day be on display at the Commonplace Fun Facts Museum and Institute for the Advancement of Information That They Never Got Around to Teaching Us in School, or, as we lovingly refer to it around here, the CFFMAIFTAOITTNGATTUIS.
Yeah, we know. We’re working on a name that sounds a bit less like a gum disease.
Deep within the warehouse’s cavernous interior, you will find the records related to the birth of the global phenomenon called Commonplace Fun Facts. There were many hopes and dreams associated with the very first article when it was released to the world on September 9, 2014. Remnants of the notes from the creative team express the desire for fame, invitations to be the guest host of Jeopardy!, and enough advertising revenue to usher in a life of lettuce. Or possibly a life of leisure. Our creative team’s handwriting couldn’t be more indecipherable if it was encrypted by the CIA.
Although the museum and most of the writers’ aspirations have yet to materialize, we have been the beneficiaries of a truly-unexpected blessing: connections with some of the most interesting people on the planet. This was a shock to the Commonplace Fun Facts staff, most of whom have questionable social skills to begin with. The blogging community is vast, diverse, and wonderfully supportive of one another.
No one better exemplifies the community spirit of blogging than Marcia Meara. She is the prolific author of such series as Wake-Robin Ridge and The Emissary. (Check out her Amazon Author page here). She is also the owner and creator of The Write Stuff, a blog devoted to “Writers Helping Writers.”
We are honored and tickled pink that Marcia chose Commonplace Fun Facts to be the subject of today’s #GuestDayTuesday feature on The Write Stuff. Marcia’s timely and highly-encouraging comments have always offered just the right encouragement to keep writing. Being featured like this may be just the motivation we have been needing to finally schedule the groundbreaking for the CFFMAIFTAOITTNGATTUIS.
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