Testing...? (Vacation's Over)

Well howdy, Rioters!

It sure has been a while, hasn't it? Almost a month has passed since my last entry on this here blog. During that time, I've done a lot and Fire Lyte has done very little. Something my good friend Velma and I talk about from time to time, both on our respective shows and during phone conversations, is how intertwined being our SNP (small name pagan) personas and being Real Life Nobodies has become.

Something I talked a bit about in that last blog entry is that my 'main' Facebook account is the one I use as Fire Lyte. The people I keep up with most often when I'm not blogging or recording the show are you fine folks. And, it's not that I don't adore you, but one of my cousins recently had a baby. Admittedly, this is not a cousin I've ever been especially close to - I've never been especially close to most of my Texas family - but she is family all the same. And, she recently had a baby. I think I may have known she was pregnant...maybe...there's a chance something may have been said in a passing conversation with my mother...but I can't honestly say I knew she was expecting.

Lo and behold, when I go back to my Facebook account, there she is. Laying on a hospital bed. With a baby. A baby who is related to me, and who I would have otherwise not known about until the next time I was in Texas on the same holiday they were visiting. So...never?

All this to say that I was missing out on some things. I will be the first to admit that checking Facebook should not count as a tick in the positive column of actual socialization with other people. This past month was spent getting off the damn computer, getting the hell out of the house, and doing stuff. We've seen lots of movies...in the theater...with popcorn. I had book club. I traveled. I took 4 days off and went to see my family in West Virginia, the side of my family I was always closer to. I showed some art and sold some paintings. I even sold paintings that haven't been painted yet via commissions! WOOT!

Also, I changed jobs. Yesterday was my first day at my new job where I've gone from being Assistant Manager to a crazy incompetent, to being the guy in charge. That's kind of neat. And the giant pay increase doesn't exactly hurt. I'm still in retail, but I'm in faster paced retail. I gotta say, by the end of day 1 my faith was a little shaken (Did I make the right decision? Seriously, did I give up the ability to be by myself all day, sitting in the back room reading a book to go sell uber trendy crap to people who know good and well who Justin Bieber is, but have no idea who Alanis Morissette is?!) but then last night I had this possibly prophetic dream where I found out I'm going to like the job. Not love it, but like it. So...there was that. Or, it was just exhaustion and over-thinking the new job right before bed. 

All in all, this past month was spent getting my personal life revamped. This means there are a few things I'm reclaiming:

  • Book Club. The Spineless Book Club is no longer part of the Fire Lyte multiverse. Fire Lyte doesn't go to book club. Me...or...the real me...I'm the one that goes to book club. It got a bit silly when meeting people at book club for the first time and me spending 20 minutes assuring them they can call me by my real name. However, if you're in the Chicagoland area and you're looking for a book club, let me know! We'd love to have you.
  • Blogging...sort of. I used to blog daily. For the past couple of years, however, I've been blogging on a time scale I like to call 'nearly daily'. Between 3-5 times a week, I take about an hour of time to research and blog on a topic. That's time I could be spending asking Partner how his day went or taking Kika for a walk or painting or writing poetry or going to the gym. So...I'm not doing away with the blog, but I'm giving myself permission not to blog. I will still blog, but only when convenient and only after Real Me finishes being Real Me for the day. 
There aren't a ton of changes coming to the Riot. I didn't have some huge revelation in how I should be going about the business of discussing pagan and non-pagan issues in true-to-form Riot fashion. I did have the epiphany that having thousands of listeners and hundreds of followers and Facebook friends wasn't actually living. So, in that sense, I did some internal reorganizing. I'm still hoping for twice monthly shows for the podcast, and I'm hoping - but not promising - to record before the end of June. I've got a pretty much ready made show outline that's just itching to become Episode 71. 

I'm writing today to say...I'm back. I'm refreshed. And...


Are you?

Love and Lyte,

Fire Lyte


  1. It is wonderful that you have found your peace :) Welcome back FL and Real Me :)

  2. I'm so happy you're back!! And what do you mean thousands of listeners and hundreds of followers and Facebook friends isn't actually living?? The girl in the commercial assured me it was and that the picture she was looking at couldn't be a real puppy!!! I feel so betrayed!! Hahaha. I'm glad you are happy and back to entertain and educate us!! :) HUGS!!

  3. Woot! The riot is back! I've been following off and on for a year... you have no idea how sad I was to return to find you gone. Now I am totally ecstatic!

    *does a happy dance*

  4. I'm so glad you are back! I'm really glad that you are focusing on your personal life and making your life...well.....your life! That is always a good, good thing. Still, I'm kinda selfish! One of the things I really like is reading your blog and listening to the podcast. Whenever it comes out..I'm listening and reading!

  5. So, Fire Lyte, What you're saying is that you want to be a real person? ^_^ I think that's wonderful. I think that as pagans we should be getting outside, and doing stuff with real people, and not only being coupe up in the house on-line. I admittedly had to make the same adjustment. It's too easy to stay inside and play video games all day.

    Us rioters will always be here, willing and ready to listen and riot with you! We love that you put out episodes and blog. We also want a happy Fire Lyte though! I'm glad you're taking more time for yourself and your family.

  6. I have these moments on smaller scale. I spend so much time online that I forget...wait...don't /I/ have things I want to do? As a person, not a username?

    We'll keep rioting :) As someone who found your blog more recently, I have a TON of old blog entries to read when you aren't posting round the clock (which does sound exhausting x.x; )


  7. Horaaay! Welcome back :D Glad you had such a quality vacation, its important for your health

  8. Welcome back, chief Rioter! :) You've been missed but, like others said, it's important to have some good vacations to recharge your batteries!
    Much hugs!


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