A return to blogging?

*dusts off blog console*

Well, once again it’s been months since I’ve posted here. I think that when I lost my entire blog history a few years ago it just took the wind out of my sails and I haven’t had the taste for blogging lately.

But I suppose since I’m in here updating plugins and deleting the hundred or so spam comments I’ve gotten, I may as well update you, my potential audience (does anyone read this thing?) on what’s going on with me.

Lately most of my energy has gone into working on my latest project: Hectalex

Hectalex is based on a thing that some friends and I used to do to encourage each other to write something every day. We would pick a daily phrase and then the challenge was to write exactly 100 words using that phrase as the inspiration. I’ve spun the idea a bit by using random images as the sparks for those stories, but the idea is still the same: to write a little something every day, just to keep the gears greased.

It’s in closed beta right now as I finish up a few more features, but I intend to open it up to the world pretty soon.

The other big new development since last year is that I’ve started taking flying lessons and I love it. I only want to fly now. Fly everywhere. I’m on the part of my training where I pretty much just have to get the rest of my cross-country flights done and then I’ll be ready to take my test, so hopefully I’ll be able to finish up and get my private pilot license by the end of this year.

As always, it is my intention to keep this thing updated more frequently, but I’ll be honest and say that it might be a few months before I remember to come back here.

Chantix, Day Fifteen: Tractor Racing

The dreams are getting weirder, but fortunately they are not as violent as they once were. Last night the dreams all revolved around me driving a giant tractor around from place to place.

The physical addiction seems to be gone, but I still do crave a cigarette after meals sometimes. I haven’t smoked since last night, but I know that I will probably finish the pack that I have at home. But I may be done with it now.

Chantix, Day Eight: A rat in a maze

I have now completed my first full week on Chantix. The dreams have started. They are not as violent as I remember. At least, in these dreams, I am not the one committing the violence. There has been plenty of blood.

Mostly the theme this time around is being trapped in a maze of some kind. Dreams of being lost, dreams of hunting and being hunted. I often have companions in these dreams, and those companions have died horribly in most of them, but not by my hand.

I’m sure the dreams in which I am the villain are soon to come.

Today is the first day on the full dose.

Chantix, Day One: Nausea

Since I started smoking again a couple months ago, nicotine has gotten its hooks into me pretty firmly again. Yesterday I asked my doctor to put me on Chantix again, as it has worked pretty successfully in the past to help me kick the addiction, even if a few months after I was off it I foolishly started up again each time.

When I took the pill, my first thought was, “Oh yes, I remember this.” The intense wave of nausea that struck me lasted for about five minutes, during which I fought to keep from dry-heaving. I would almost argue that this is the worst part about being on Chantix, but I still remember some of the dreams from last year.

Wreck-It Dark Thirty: An Unexpected Journey

I had originally planned to spend this weekend visiting friends in Athens, but every hotel room in a twenty mile radius was booked up for G-day (whatever that is).  So Jim and I decided to catch up on some movies.  We hit the store for supplies and then settled in for a marathon.

First up was “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, the first in the new Middle Earth trilogy from Peter Jackson.  After that we watched “Wreck-It Ralph”, followed by “Zero Dark Thirty.”  Read on for my thoughts on all three. Continue reading Wreck-It Dark Thirty: An Unexpected Journey

I’m back! (maybe…)

We’ll see how this goes.  I haven’t had a blog up on this domain for several years now, and had pretty much stopped posting much on it at all at the time I let it expire (which is probably why I let it expire anyway).

But lately I’ve been thinking about things I might like to write about in some public forum, and in more than 140 characters at a time, so we’ll see how it goes.  If I post more, okay.  If this eventually becomes abandoned, I’ll probably just let this expire again.