Hi! I’m Tracy Szappan, and I’m addicted to language.
Language is absolutely amazing. Imagine, we’ve invented a way to take the images and, even more impressive, abstract concepts that are inside our heads and share them with other people, using no tools other than ourselves. How cool is that?
There is no twelve-step program for my addiction, even if I did want to quit. Instead, I started this blog, where I talk about my exploration of languages and linguistics, writing, theater, literary theory, and a bit of the sociology of how we communicate. It also makes a great excuse to go hide in my office, read interesting things, and write a few times a week. Not that I need an excuse.
Years ago, I discovered both how absolutely fascinated I am by language. Any language, and the human capacity for it. That was rather a stunning revelation after I’d spent so much time earning a degree in IT.
Not long afterward, a family friend I hadn’t seen in a while asked what I was doing, and then said, “That’s a surprise. I always thought you’d be a writer.”
She certainly got me thinking. I did enjoy writing, and I’d always been pretty good at it. And with my newfound love of language… Kind of perfect, right? So I decided to try combining my degree and my interests into a career in technical writing, and I went back to school for an English degree.
I’m so glad that I did. I’m now a freelance editor and technical writer currently living near Huntsville, Alabama, with my husband, two children, and small zoo. I’m also very active as stage manager and assistant director for the Athens State University Drama program – another surprise that I can no longer imagine my life without.
I hope that you find something here to interest, entertain, or otherwise engage your own love of language. Thanks for reading, and please comment! I’d love to talk to you.