Is this thing on?

Or, as alternatively titled: On coming to terms with the fact that I’m technically a “retired” blogger.

I used to be a writer.

Or, well perhaps more appropriately, I used to feel like I was a writer.  I would write such a wide variety of things – stupid, funny, stupidly funny, cutesy romantic, achingly raw and honest… and I would put them on display for other people to read.  Mostly in the time of LiveJournal and early blogging.  I found an audience, mostly in the form of a game, and I was inspired, happy and creative.  I wrote for the audience, and the feedback was fairly instantaneous and I loved every second of it.

Then something happened that devastated that world for me – my journal ended up suspended. While I was able to get most of my writings back… I lost the interactions that I cherished, and most of the community. While it wasn’t my fault it felt like it was for the longest of times.  And I had a really hard time with it.  It took a long time to lose the last piece of the community, and it was just as raw and devastating as the first time it happened.  A piece of me perished with it.

I’ve still tried to work on writing.  I’ve done some NaNoWriMo’s – some more successful than others.  I’ve elaborated on the complicated and extremely detailed dreams that I have. I’ve even taken an Expressive Writing class that I aced.  I was seriously proud of that – it’s not often that I’ll see a 100 on anything class/learning related.

I have had a great amount of events in my life to write about, both positive and negative, big and small.

I had a great experience in January in Dallas, with meeting Marianas Trench twice (three times? Technically….) in one day.  I did a weekendish of 3 more Marianas Trench trips around home.  I’ve had disasters at work that it’s likely best I didn’t talk about anyway.  What about my trips to Cuba with people I’d never met.  Or attending a wedding in Honduras?  Or I’ve got one of those bucket-list trips – an Alaskan Cruise – coming up shortly*.  I’ve got a list of 101 things in 1001 days I’m working on.  Or my apartment where I’ve been making great strides at tackling my hording or not.  Or my parents.  Or the fact that I now regularly attend yoga with a great group of girls.  With dating attempts with this one guy who thought he’d be brutally honest and say that the reason I don’t date much/get asked out a lot is because I’m ugly but that doesn’t bother him, who went full on obsessed I’m-going-to-marry-you never mind that we hadn’t met… Now there’s a story and a half on its own.

And I haven’t written them.

Mind you.  Now I have a list of topics to write about?

Part of it, admittedly, is laziness.  I don’t find the time to do it even though the time is still there.  I find other useless things to do. Like browse Buzzfeed for 2 hours.  Or watch a movie I’ve seen likely 6 times.  find twitter helpful – the 150 characters aren’t a lot but it’s a fun challenge to be creative within them.  And at least I document things that way.

I’d be lying, though, if I said I didn’t miss it.  I do.  I miss spilling my thoughts and feelings onto this virtual paper.

A musician on twitter (who I’d like to be friends with – he’s just a sweet guy who gives me random bits of attention) recently finished a tour where he did a vlog.  He posted a question to his followers that asked if he should continue vlogging.  My response was simple, but it triggered this, so I guess it wasn’t really.

Maybe I haven’t really retired.  Maybe I’ve just been in a period of silence.

I guess we’ll find out.

*note.  By time I get off my ass and actually post this the cruise’ll likely be over.  But hey, what else is new?

….nano interruption…

We interrupt your regular nano posting with the following news break…

I HAVE WON TWO TICKETS TO SEE RAINE MAIDA… If you know me at all, you know that this is an INCREDIBLY big deal to me :-$…. Now I need to find someone to go with me.

…now back to your regularily scheduled programming.

I’m only happy when it rains…

I’ve been moved in for about a month now.  And it’s slowly starting to look and feel like home.  Well, it’s felt like home since the beginning, but it’s starting to look that way too?

I’ve still got a tonne of boxes to unpack, but I own a tonne of stuff so that’s not surprising at all.  But I’m working on it.  And I’m going to be working hard on that.  Part of my new resolution and such.

The kitchen is all unpacked and almost completely mine.  Heh, almost because I’m still stopping and going where the hell is that…  But I’ve learned how to cook and function in it, and I’m loving it.  It’s a cute little kitchen.

My bathroom is the most talked-about room in the apartment.  It’s completely on the rubber duckie theme. There are ducks all over the place!  And there’s more now than what are in the pictures… they seem to be multiplying when I’m not looking ;)

The bedroom and living room are a mess right now.  The one wall still has boxes stacked up against it.  But the CD/DVD tower is up and all organised.  My curtain’s are up and all fluffy/wispy looking.  I bought a new cover for my couch and some of the pillows.  I’m going to get mom to show me how to use my sewing machine as soon as I’ve got the place unpacked more…I’ve got some great black and white fabrics which I want to make into pillows and pillow cases.  Maybe I’ll have her come up for a weekend and make a girls weekend over it.

I’m enjoying it, living here.  I like the pool and I like how it isn’t too busy.  I like how quiet it is at night… even though it’s almost TOO quiet sometimes.  I like having the cat to myself again. But I need to start spending more time with him. I’m neglecting him and I feel horrible about it.  And he’s angry over it, as he should be.  My poor buddy is feeling lonely recently.

I’m almost but not quite over being sick.  It seems to flare up again every weekend, which is extra thrilling.  I’m not feeling so hot today, but that’s partially because I’m so tired.  I think it’s time for a nap.

I’ve noticed something about myself recently though.  I made all these plans to better myself once I’ve moved and yet… I haven’t done any of it.  Well, that’s not exactly true.  But.  I’m not exactly loving the extremely dependant person I’ve become in getting my independence.  I’ve always been the type of person who would do anything to please… I think it’s a personality flaw.  But it’s become worse.  I guess I’m afraid of losing what I’ve got left.

It’s time for a change.  I’ve decided this.  And I’m going to do something about it this time.  Time to stand up for me.