Tuesday, October 25, 2011

v2, d420: How To Salutate

 I kinda wish we still started letters like Paul did it in the New Testament.


Will, a fellow disciple of Christ, dabbling writer, and family man,

To Dave, the saint who lives in the apartment with the funky water, foundation issues, and quirky admittance gate up on the north side of town:



Then I'd go on about how I wish I could have written him sooner, and how I always hear good things about him from a mutual friend, and eventually I finally get around to asking if he's got the tickets for Dollar Hot Dog Night at the Aeros game or not.  Then I wrap it up with a bunch of terse moral instructions before saying hi from everybody at my house, one at a time, and finally comment on what font I'm using and that I'm typing this on my own laptop. 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

v2, d419: Blueprint

Geez, folks.  It's been a long time.  And I don't mean a long time in the sense that it's been something like three weeks since I blogged. I mean a long time in the sense that a lot of stuff has happened, I'm occasionally feeling overwhelmed and exhausted, and life is continuing to change substantially.

I had a metaphor I was going to put here, but I couldn't get it just the way I wanted it, so I'll spare you.  This time ;-)

Basically, I kind of feel like I'm letting people down, and that if I don't make some choices soon I'm going to let everybody else down as well.


You're not here because you care about me.  You're here because you want to read a blog!  (Kidding.  That's actually kind of a funny idea; I may use it for a short-story or something someday)  So here's what we gon' do:

First, I will not be finishing up the Week of Features.  An evil  ninja threatened to do bad things to all of you if I finished it*, and I'd hate to have the on my conscience.  Besides, it sorta lost momentum over the two months of silence anyway, didn't it?  Besides, I've got some other topics I probably ought to talk about if I get the time and/or energy: The hellish move, the slow-going "settling in" process, the weekend in Chicago, the lengthy Internet drought.  (I'm sorry, for instance, you got no hockey preview this year.  I'm sure you'll all recover)  And maybe I'll post some pictures from when I went to Knott's Berry Farm back during the Californy vacation.  Because that was actually a really fun day, and we got a couple of cute shots of Robbie.

And who knows.  I may even disappear for awhile.  Because I have things I have to take care of.  But if I do disappear, I'll come back.  I always come back.  But I won't really even keep up the pretense of making this a "daily blog." It'll just be a regular blog.

I know, I know, that's always the beginning of the end.  Just check out the last-updated numbers on the blogroll to my left.  Eight of them updated in the last week, and of those eight only five of them had posted anything within the previous month.  We bloggers always start out really enthusiastic, blogging every day, and then we cool off for a little bit, and then we start spouting off a paragraph here and there a couple times a month, and then we make a grand attempt at a comeback, but sooner or later most blogs eventually peter out.

And you know what?  That's actually okay, too.

So we'll see what happens as FOMW becomes just another update-when-the-guy-feels-like-it blog.  Shoot, I started my first 365 blog (the successful one) as an exercise.  It's always been about being a creative outlet, connecting with others, and helping me become a better writer.  When those functions are served, then it's probably time to shut it down anyway.

Besides, I've got some other blog-related ideas I'd like to get started on.  Again, exercises. Some of which you may like anyway.

So, for the first time in a while, I feel like I can't really tell you what to expect from this space.  Or any space.  More changes, I guess.  A different format.  More thoughts that I actually take time to sit down and work out before posting, perhaps?  Who knows?

 Good days are ahead.

*This may or may not be a true statement

Saturday, October 15, 2011