Man, I love starting up a new site with that phrase. It makes me feel like it’s 1994 all over again, when mullets were mullets and tiger striped parachute pants were an indicator of social status and possibly kickboxing prowess.

It’s been awhile since I had a personal blog. Sure, there’s Twitter and Facebook and Google+, but aside from my weekly column on Critical Hits, I rarely go into much depth anymore. Up until recently, even my Facebook updates were kept to 140 characters so I could easily cross-post.

I miss writing longer stuff. It has a lot of weird and unexpected benefits. For one, it lets me chronicle what’s going on in my life. I’ve always been absent minded, but it feels like since Sam came around I’ve had the memory of a goldfish. It’s strange to have a detailed account of everything I ever ate, every karate workout, and every weird dream from 2003-2007 and not to have in writing my thoughts, joys, hopes, and fears about being a brand new dad. I have a few written records of that time,but not many. That was an extremely tumultuous time in my life, and I completely understand that I had neither the time nor the energy to Blog Properly. It just sucks that I can’t go back and read about that time in my life. I can’t fix that, but I can start doing it now.

One thing I’ve been consistently reading lately is that if you want to write (or do anything else) well, you need to do it every day. There are some weeks when I sit down to write Dire Flailings, the well is dry, and I’m scrambling to find the seeds for a good article. I’m hoping this greases the wheels a bit, even if (especially since?) I don’t have to focus on gaming here. I certainly never used to have trouble when I worked at ISU and could spend most of my day blogging….

Also, it’s fun. So there’s THAT.

I don’t know if this thing is more for me, to show other people, or exists for some other random reasons that have yet to show themselves. I also don’t care (but that never stopped me from neurosing at length about something before!). Expect stories about what’s going on with me and my family, weird dreams, reviews of and ramblings about movies, TV shows, and whatever other stuff crosses my path, and likely a great deal of anecdotes about my kid and his talent for creating fart jokes.

So, anyway. This is here. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Have fun, and don’t get lost on theĀ information superhighway.