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October 27, 2012

A Triumphant Return - Blogging, Star Trek, and Others

Ok, not sure about triumphant, but guess what? I'm back!

Yeah, I know I went down to the corner store for some milk and, um, got lost. I ended up Brazil, had a harrowing journey down the Amazon (let's just say that thankfully, piranhas don't seem to find me very tasty), then I stumbled upon a seer in the Andes who placed his hands on my head, closed his eyes, scanned my aura, and told me that I was far from home.

Either he scanned my aura or he saw the Iowa State shirt that I was wearing. Come to think of it, he did seem a bit shady. But he did have tons of watches to buy! So I bought you one.

Yes, all of you.

So I finally made it home after a few months and, well, I don't know how to tell you this, but...I forgot the milk.


Anyway, now that I'm back, I intend to keep this blog going, and I've come up with some ways to do that. Here's what's going to be coming on the blog that will help me keep it regular (no, not that kind of regular, thank you very much).

First, I'm going to have some regular content that I can schedule well in advance, making sure that there is stuff coming down the pipeline that's not time-sensitive. Don't worry, I'll still post timely opinion pieces and other stuff like that which will be what some of you are coming back for. But the regular stuff will make sure that there's steady content even when I don't have anything else to say.

This content will include:

1)Star Trek episode reviews.

I have all seven seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine on DVD sitting on my shelf. When I was reviewing for Epinions, I made it a goal to go through all of them and write reviews of the episodes. One of my favourite things when the episodes were fresh was reading the reviews of Timothy W. Lynch on Usenet. He reviewed every episode, and they were quite well done.

That inspired me, and I made it through quite a few episodes. But I stopped doing that.

I have a healthy backlog of these reviews, though, and I'm going to post them once or twice a week on here. These will be gussied up with pictures as well as edited in case there are any references that don't make sense now.

Of course, once I catch up, I will be doing original ones again.

2)Book Reviews

I've missed quite a number of book reviews in my absence, so I'll be posting the backlog periodically as well. I'm going to try and spread them out a bit, though, making sure that they last at least a little while.

I haven't decided yet, but I may also post some original book reviews here too. These would be ones where I didn't really have enough to say for a full review on Curled Up With a Good Book, but I do have a few thoughts. They probably won't be as formal as the other ones are. We'll see whether this happens, though. No guarantees on this front.

3) Anything else I can think of.

I haven't come up with anything to replace the "one-hit wonders" posts, and I'm not sure I want to do something that heavy right now. Yes, the posts were very funny (well, I thought so, anyway), but they were a lot of work! Not sure I want to do that again right now.

But I am open to suggestions on something that I can do, maybe on a weekly basis, that isn't quite that time-consuming. Maybe a weekly top 5 or something like that.

As I said, I do plan on "regular" opinion posts as well. These will be slotted in between the other weekly stuff as they occur to me.

I think this is a good plan for me to keep the blog going again. Because I really do love it. Whatever writing funk I've been in, it's been a long-lasting one where I briefly break out of it and then get sucked right back in.

It kind of sucks.

Hopefully this will work.


  1. I've been in a similar limbo w/ my blog, so you're not alone. Your trip to the Andes sounds spiffy! Don't worry about forgetting the milk, though. Consider that by the time you arrived home, it would've spoiled anyway....or turned into buttermilk...or something cultured (not of the high-brow variety). Eeuuww.

    I think your plans for future posts are good! I'm too lazy to incorporate that type of order w/ my blog, and I have no problem admitting this. I stick with writing when inspiration hits, even when I get slightly sad to read my stats during dry spells. That being said, I really do need to do something to jump start the creativity.

    I'll weigh in on your regular opinion posts, as those are the ones that tend to resonate best for me. The book reviews are interesting to read, but I never feel I can offer an opinion when I haven't read the book. Star Trek reviews - those will be interesting! I prob won't rush out to buy the DVDs, but you never know. It's Star Trek universe stuff, so I can be swayed.

    I'm thinking I need to take a short weekend vacation, abandon all things internet related and just breathe, relax and kick back. Inspiration is bound to hit when I'm nowhere near a laptop! :)

    I'm glad you're back & look forward to future articles here.

    Loving you, buddy.

    - Dawnie

  2. Thanks, Dawnie!!!! It's always good to know that I have somebody like you in my corner.

    Did you watch DS9 when it was on? Even if you don't have the DVDs, the reviews may spark some memories for you. I try to make them as fun as I can, and when the episodes are bad, it gets to be even more fun. :)

    I think a short weekend vacation would do wonders! I know I start getting creative when I'm somewhere that I can't actually record what I'm thinking. So make sure you bring a good notebook. :)

    Thanks, Dawnie. Loving you too!

  3. I wrote a blog post, and it's all your fault!! And I thank you kindly, btw. For some reason, visiting you here and commenting got my boat started again. I am very happy w/ the result, so I went as far as to thank you on FB, because I'm sweet that way. ;-)

  4. I'm so glad it helped! Maybe our mojos can feed off of each other.

    Ummm...maybe I could have said that better. :)


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