The thumbnail image you see is the same one from a blog entry written by Darryl Whetter in 2009 titled "Creative writing courses: cash cows of the humanities". The blog entry you're reading has nothing to do with that blog post, not a thing, but I wanted to give artist credit where credit is due. It's certainly at the same level or perhaps slightly better than anything I draw!
The image itself says a lot of things. It's awkward, unrefined, and yet charming in its own way. It reminds me a lot of being reconnected with family members you haven't seen for a long time, or starting back up a hobby you haven't touched for several years. Once the greetings have been exchanged and the projects get rolling, the going is easy. The hard part is the initial awkwardness of talking to someone you haven't seen in awhile or doing something you haven't done for awhile. Yet, it's a pleasant feeling, because everything is new again.
"Where do I start?"
Indeed, I find myself in that position right now. There are tons of blog posts I want to make, but none of them feel "right", especially as a "return to form". It's hard starting over! Oh right, context might be important here. For those that don't know, I was regularly making blog posts for a short while and then life got complicated and I had to take a break. That break turned into nearly a year long hiatus! Now that I have the time and opportunity to write again, the pressure is on. But what to write about...
Trust me, I'm not short on blog ideas. If anything, I have too many! Game design, game theory, upcoming indie hits, my trip to SGDQ 2019, my change of career, medical stuff, Magic the Gathering lore analysis, inside jokes about Grey's Anatomy being inspired by roguelikes, Twitch culture, streaming tips, big gaming events going on, random adventures in everyday life, or even the detailed history of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live musical tour "Coming Out Of Our Shells" that for some reason I keep making references about. One topic in particular I'd love to explore is the evolution of personalities in Super Smash Bros Melee top players, focusing mostly on Mango, Hungrybox, and Leffen. But for some reason, I just can't get past the mental hurdle of the awkwardness that is the first post. I know once I get over that, I can start rolling again, but how do you overcome that?
The solution I came up with? Write about it! Going back to the selected image earlier, it says on the charcoal-sketched chalkboard "It was a dark and stormy night." Everyone's favorite way to begin a short story, right? After the first paragraph, things can start rolling again, but I feel compelled to do a blog post equivalent of an ice-breaker. (Re-breaker?)
"It was a dark and stormy night."
What can I say? I miss you guys, and I'm glad to be back. I look forward to writing consistently again for RNG Gods!