Wednesday, February 2, 2005

The time has come, I think.

I started this blog almost two years ago to the day, January 29, 2003. Blogger's profile pages are a little wonky, not having updated since November, but I figure even with my decreased output over the past couple of months, it's been close to 600 posts and 200,000 words on everything from politics to Pokémon, poetry to...ah, pumpkin seeds?

It's been fun, it's been educational, it's been great for keeping me writing, it's been great for simulating staying in touch with people, but lately, it's become more of an obligation than a joy. Some days, I actually feel guilty that I haven't posted anything in a while. It reminds me a bit of my first year or so on the poetry scene, when I dreaded missing an open mic or a slam for fear that the fickle scene would forget who I was and I'd be starting from scratch next time out. It's a trap that's easy to fall in to, as you start creating excuses to get on stage write about something you've already written about before, tweaking things a bit to justify the repetition.

It took me more than a year to fully separate myself from the poetry scene and I have no interest in dragging this blog out as long.

One of these days, I'm going to go through the archives and pull out my favorite posts and put them in a chapbook or something. For myself, mainly, as a reminder of the ups and downs I've been through over the past two years. Two good years, for the most part. For someone like me who remembers feelings more than details, works on instincts more than facts, it'll be the first time I'm able to look back on a period of time and not need the input of others to fill in the blanks.

It's been real, it's been fun, but the thrill is gone and it's time to move on.

Thanks for reading!

Guy LeCharles Gonzalez

Tuesday, February 1, 2005

Happy Black History Month.

What was supposed to be a simple retro review of Christopher J. Priest's Black Panther comic turned into something more, something I'm particularly proud of.

Go read it here.