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.
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...
I'M READY TO RIOT!
Love and Lyte,