Jabberwocky is a word invented by Lewis Carroll and used in a poem called Jabberwocky to describe a ferocious beast. The significance of the poem is that it uses mostly nonsense words to describe a young adventurer going off to fight this beast. The poem and the word have become a part of American lexicon since it first appeared in 1871, and Lewis Carroll’s books Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There are considered classics. Maybe you’ve heard of them.
By Mirriam-Webster’s definition, the word jabberwocky actually means “meaningless speech or writing” and is synonymous with words like mumbo jumbo and prattle. Assuming that I don’t consider my blog to be complete mumbo jumbo (close to it, but not completely), I thought it might be important to explain what “jabberwocky” is to me personally and why it seems to be the theme of my website.
For one thing, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is one of the first books I remember reading and enjoying as a kid. Disney’s Alice in Wonderland animated film is one of the first movies I remember truly creeping me out, too. The book has served as an inspiration for me ever since I decided I wanted to be a writer. Books like that and Douglas Adam’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy remind me not to take myself too seriously.
Jabberwocky the poem is also one of the first things I ever memorized. Memorization is important to me. I’ve memorized a lot of different things in my life, including poems like that and parts of the Bible. To this day, despite having not seen the poem on paper in years I could recite it out loud. I’ve always loved that poem for reasons I really can’t explain, but I know those reasons will help drive me the longer I pursue my goals to become a writer.
So what does “My Personal Jabberwocky” mean? Well, it means two things to me. In that context, the word jabberwocky represents everything that doesn’t make sense, doesn’t add up, or hinders me in my pursuit toward becoming a writer. Mostly, I’m talking about myself. I am my biggest enemy. I am “the jaws that bite and the claws that catch.” So this blog represents the documentation of me fighting me, and I have yet to find a vorpal sword to help me.
The jabberwocky in “My Personal Jabberwocky” also represents the author who originally created the word. It represents him and J.R.R. Tolkien and George R.R. Martin and C.S. Lewis and any other famous author with or without abbreviations for names. It represents me as an author creating a unique and powerful voice in my work. This is me striving to become what very few ever become. It is my ultimate goal.
That is everything Jabberwocky means, both to me and the real world. I don’t mean to sound pretentious or arrogant. I certainly don’t want to come off as naive. But for what it’s worth, jabberwocky is a word of complexity for me and I think it’s important for you to know that. It doesn’t always make sense, and sometimes it’s complete gibberish, but it is a dream worth having.