What’s a Log-Line, and Why Should You Care?

Have you noticed that this blog has a subtitle? It’s “Fantasy, fires, and flailing.”

“Fantasy” because I’m a fantasy writer and I like to talk about works of fantasy, “fires” for personal reasons and, well, because I’ve been known to accidentally set small ones (or accidentally put out big ones), and “flailing” because I do tend to flail.

That, if you think about it, tells you quite a bit about me and about this blog. Without it, you have no cue telling you what to expect. If you just wandered onto this blog by, say, following a WordPress tag, you would have no idea who I am, what I’m talking about, or why you should care.

In fact, I still haven’t told you why you should care, have I?

Well, you should care because I’m opening it up to you, dear readers.

Am I a ginger housecat or a mountain lion? Who can say? Image via ICanHasCheezburger.com

It’s no easy task to define yourself in less than a sentence: sometimes others can see us more clearly than we ourselves. I’m taking a social media and blogging class taught by the lovely Kristen Lamb. One of our assignments for this class was to list 100 words about ourselves to help us find our focus, and to help Kristen, at the end of our class, develop a log-line for us.

Here are Kristen’s suggestions for me:
Kristin McFarland’s Blog–Between the Shadows
Kristin McFarland’s Blog–Soul Seasons
Kristin McFarland’s Blog–Before the Dawn
Kristin McFarland’s Blog–Beneath a Mandarin Sky
Kristin McFarland’s Blog–Lost in Paradise

I have to confess, I wasn’t too thrilled with most of these. (Sorry, Kristen.) None of these log-lines capture the whimsy and occasional goofiness you see on this blog. (Nor, perhaps, does the dreamy-looking appearance, but that’s an entirely different issue.)

This is where you come in. How would you subtitle me?

Feel free to discuss or make (serious) suggestions in the comments! It’s your turn to help me. *wink wink nudge nudge*

8 thoughts on “What’s a Log-Line, and Why Should You Care?

  1. I liked Before the Dawn because it seems to match your picture.

    I’m not sure what I would put as your log line, that’s really hard to come up with. Not only do I think it should be a reflection of you, but also what you want to become and what you write. Before the Dawn covers a lot of area so that might be a good one.

    It took me about three years to settle on my (delusions of grandeur), and I’m sure Ms. Lamb would say it is inappropriate.

    • It IS hard to come up with, for oneself and for someone else. It’s almost as bad as titling a book–it can shape all later readings. Yikes.

  2. “Before the Dawn” reminds me of Tara’s cryptic comment in Restless. “Be back before Dawn.”

    I like it as is. I think you’re right, and showing whimsy is a good thing. Robes and chanting and mist are all well and good, but sometimes you just need to bang your slab of wood against your forehead.

    Pie Jesu domine…..dona eis requiem……BAP….Pie Jesu domine…..dona eis requiem.


  3. Okay, I like the LOLCat pic. Reminds me that every cat is a lion. As for the title, I would go with Lost in Shadows, because sometimes you must go into the darkest corners to find the brightest spots.

  4. You may feel like you’re flailing, but I’ve seen little evidence of it in the two months or so I’ve been following your blog. What if you did a mash-up of Kristen’s suggestions and what you’ve got, like,
    Lost in Fantasy and Fire
    Between Fantasy and Fire
    I like Soul Seasons in a conceptual sense, but don’t see how it relates to you.

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