Why the Slog?

Sam Flynn’s Slog is the official website and blog of journalist/author Sam Flynn. It’s my journal, my notebook and my conduit to readers. Interested in reviews of films, TV, books and games? How about fiction like short stories and serials? Culture, media and politics? Got you there, too. I even rap for your bemusement. Now, I know what you’re thinking: why the Slog?

Excellent question, thank you for asking.

If you thought that, you’re already ahead of me. I just thought it was funny to slap my first initial in place of the b in blog, while invoking the cranky negative connotation of the word, which I took to mean “toil” or “struggle.” But funny sounding.

A slog, according to the ever handy dictionary.reference.com, does indeed mean “to toil” but more interestingly, it originally paired with “slug” (which makes me imagine the gloriously campy 1960s Batman TV series. Remember the one where Batman slugged and slogged the villain? Best episode) to mean a punch or deal heavy blows. And then THAT got me thinking . . . well, first I want to say it’s fascinating how words change. Like our identities, they are stories we repeat until they morph into a new reality or disappear into the ether. But I digress.

What I actually thought was “How wonderfully perfect.” Catchy titles are a necessity. Just ask Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons,  And you can go witty, corny, heartfelt, or important. Seeing as I lack all of those qualities and also given my unabashed love of Kevin Smith’s SModcast empire, turning the word “blog” into a word with my first initial that, through pain-staking research (see link above) I discovered had a multiple meanings, seemed too good to pass up.And those multiple meanings reference punching, fighting, and scrapping? Confluence like that, I don’t argue with.

All of this is to say: if identities are merely stories we tell ourselves, then I am a writer with a rebellious attitude who loves writing fantasy, writing rap lyrics, writing reviews and critiques, and both insightful and undoubtedly hilarious columns. I’m an idealistic cynic who believes that honesty, humility, and humor are the keys to universal understanding.

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