Tuesday, August 18, 2015

First Post

First post!

Hello everyone! For those of you who don't know me, my name is Lucas Garcia. At this moment I am a history teacher without a class, looking to get into the teaching field.

For a few years I have thought about trying to write about history, sports, politics, et cetera. In college I was a history major/ Asian studies minor at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, on the Central Coast of California, which meant that I did a lot of writing. I liked to write, but writing twenty-thirty page papers was always a little onerous. I  was alway jealous of people like journalists who could find a topic they were interested in, do some research, and write a short article about whatever had caught their eye. In the past few years I have dabbled with writing stories but was always dissatisfied with creating plot line and characters and all of the headaches that go with being a fictional author.

Recently I have been reading and listening to a lot of blogs, podcasts, satirical shows and short historical works such as Hardcore History and Common Sense, both by Dan Carlin; Freakanomics by Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt; Last Week tonight with John Oliver; and Badass by Ben Thompson, as well as the former glories that were the Daily Show with John Stewart and the Colbert report with Stephen Colbert. I have also spent my whole life ravenously reading newspaper, novels, history books, magazines, devouring every piece of information. My wife always pokes fun at me for my need to know everything, to look up everything I don't know. As I have been exposed to these stories, opinions, and styles of delivery, I have been inspired to think that maybe, just maybe, I could emulate them to a degree. Certainly I could never approach their unique styles, but maybe I could create a style of my own.

My other inspiration is my travels. I have been blessed in life to have been able to travel extensively in the US and Mexico, as well as in Northern and Southern Europe, Russia, and China. Traveling has exposed me to so many of the incredible stories that I hope to relay through this blog, and I hope that I have the opportunity to travel in the future and continue adding to my internal database of interesting stories.

As I set out, I honestly don't know what to expect. I have some papers I wrote in college that I may cut down to size for a blog. I have a few topics that I may write about that I have been thinking about for a long time, like the time the Vatican hung a portrait of Mao Zedong for several years, claiming it was a Chinese missionary. The way I am going to be most successful in this media, I believe, is to write about things that are interesting and that I care about. Which to me means I am not going to write myself into a corner and say something stupid like, "I will only write about post-modern American history" or "only baseball in the 1960s". Those  both sound very interesting to me, but they might not very soon. So you could easily see modern politics, history, sports, or any number of things on this blog.

I do not plan on writing about myself on this blog, except how it relates to the topics I am writing about. I am not big-headed enough to believe most people that will read this would ever give a damn about the mundanities of my personal life. My goal is to write about topics, generally historical in nature, that I find interesting. Share your thoughts, give me suggestions, tell me I'm an idiot or a genius. Hopefully you will find my insights and information, humor, research, and style entertaining. My only goal is to write something that I can be proud of and find interesting.

Thanks for reading this!

As for my first topic, I think I will talk about the Chairman Mao portrait that was at the Vatican. See you all soon!

PS: My goal is to be very transparent with my information. My goal is to provide links, photographs, citations, etc. so that if I am claiming something, you know exactly why I am claiming that. As Dan Carlin frequently says, "I am not a historian, I am just a fan of history." I am not a professional historian, but I do believe my insights have value, and I want to prove to the best of my ability why they do.

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