Preface. Sydney Australia. April 2020.

Updated: Apr 30, 2020

Hello, and Welcome to The Charlie Johnson Chronicles.

Firstly, an introduction. My real name is Simon Poole, but for the purpose of this blog, and in certain other instances in my life when I've wanted to use an alternative identity, I go by the 'nom-de-internet' of Charlie Johnson. It has taken me the best part of 3 decades to actually get around to writing this blog, after quite a few false starts, and I'm hoping it will eventually morph into my autobiography, as it progresses. And yes, it is definitely a work in progress.

It may sound a tad odd to be writing it in the third person, as opposed to the first person, but because the people I'm writing about are also being given 'noms de internet', or 'avatars', (hopefully chosen by themselves, when I am able to contact them, as the narrative progresses, or otherwise allocated by me in absentia), it seemed to be the solution to make Charlie a third person character too. At certain stages of the narrative, for instance if he refers to a school report, a newspaper article about or by himself, or other documentation in which the author is mentioned, then the photo images of said documentation may refer to Charlie's avatar of Simon Poole!

Perhaps a psychiatrist might have a field day mulling over this degree of disassociation in my writing in this blog, as indeed might a writing instructor, but since I'm not looking for the opinion of either a psychiatrist or a writing instructor at this stage of the game I'm going to proceed on the basis that this is my (and Charlie's!) story, and I can write it any way I please. Certain organisations may also have name changes.. perhaps a school, a hotel, an employer, or a publication, for instance, but geographical locations will be real and so will contemporary news or cultural events, songs, movies, TV shows, plays and the like as and when they may make an appearance.

Creating a blog is an entirely new experience for me, and I'm very much learning as I go along. I'm hoping I'll be able to add photographs, video clips, audio clips and the like to various entries, so it becomes more of a multi-media experience, but these additions may occur at a later stage, if i'm initially unable to figure out how to do so while the writing is occurring.

If you find yourself enjoying the blog entries then please become a 'follower'. Please feel free to make comments, to give 'likes', and to tell your friends about the blog and in doing so become an 'advocate' as opposed to just a follower: by such moves, in addition to Google tricks that the blog organisation Wix offer, I hope it can grow in readership and reach.

As a rough outline, after starting in the present in contemporary Sydney, Australia, in April 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic, the first blog jumps back to a flashback from 30 years previously, before then returning right back to the beginning in the chronological narrative. Beyond that, I hope readers will follow Charlie's story as it progresses from then, The Beginning, til now, The Present, and if you happen to find yourself featuring in the story at some point I hope you'll be okay with the way you're presented, and you're very welcome to comment (as your avatar!) if you feel moved to do so.

Alright, I think that's it for the Preface from Simon. Back to the narrative from Charlie now..

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