Change…Because Life Won’t

Bangor, humor, life, philosophy, Modern PhilosopherSomeone asked me the other day why my blog wasn’t funny anymore, Modern Philosophers.

I countered by stating that I never thought it was that humorous in the first place.

The truth is, my blog has gone through many incarnations since the first time I shared my Deep Thoughts.

And that’s because my blog’s purpose has changed.

I claimed this tiny corner of the blogosphere because Rachel, aka The Girl Who Went Away, did as her character’s name suggested.  When she left, I was heart broken and needed a distraction to prevent me from just curling up into the fetal position and crying myself numb every day.

It was fun to get lost in the silliness of the blog, the plethora of Otherworldly Beings who visited me at The House on the Hill, and to still have Rachel in my thoughts by writing about her not only as The Girl Who Went Away, but also as the Archangel Rachel.

I blogged every day for about two and a half years.  I needed to know the blog was there, and that I could slide down the rabbit hole into the crazy alternate reality I’d created anytime I needed to escape my depressing reality.

I still miss Rachel.  I don’t think I’ll ever get over her, but I had to learn to adapt to my new circumstances because life was moving along as it always does.

I still miss Rachel.  I don't think I'll ever get over her, but I had to learn to adapt to my new circumstances because life was moving along as it always does. The blog needed to become something new for me.  I wanted to focus on forwarding my writing career, and saw the blog as an opportunity to showcase my writing skills.

I dove headfirst into the Presidential Campaign to show that I could make politics funny.  I wrote more short stories in hopes of impressing publishers with my range.  I blogged about my running to appeal to the fitness publications.  I shared my dating misadventures to make it clear I could turn personal, heartbreaking experiences into comedy.  And, if I’m being completely honest, I was hoping those posts might lead to my finding a girlfriend.

Lately, I’ve been so busy with creating and writing my TV series, as well as starting a new job, that I haven’t had much time to blog.

When I do sit down on the porch with my laptop, I turn to the blog to blow off steam, churn out a short story when I really have the urge to be creative, or to just take a moment to reflect on life.

After all, this blog does receive a sizable endowment from the Emmett Brown Foundation, and one of the terms is that I write something philosophical every once in a blue moon.

It’s what Doc wants, so I’m going to keep my benefactor happy.

The new job is an exciting challenge and is going well.  I’ve been running on both sides of the river lately, which has injected new energy into my regular routine.  Just the other day, I received another tidbit of good news about the TV series.

Bangor, life, philosophy, humor, Modern PhilosopherI’ve made some changes, and now I’m reaping the benefits of embracing change.

I hope all is well with you.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to share my Deep Thoughts again soon.  If I don’t let them out into the world, they clang around inside my skull and give me a wicked headache…

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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11 Responses to Change…Because Life Won’t

  1. Jeff Cann says:

    For a few years, I waited for my blog to be discovered by Runner’s World so I could land one of those cushy jobs writing a monthly column. So instead of actually submitting anything to RW, I just kept on blogging. Then, oddly, my blog *was* discovered by a publisher. Like the Wind magazine, a really nice paper and ink mag from England asked me to submit some stories. We’ve had a nice relationship ever since. I now realize I have nothing to offer Runner’s World. Their pieces are upbeat and about achievement, and I’m usually writing about overcoming a problem where I’m only 50% successful. I did take many years of essays/stories and create a pretty nice ebook. I still think your blog is funny. It’s not sidesplitting, but I don’t really like that anyway. I like subtle, self-deprecating humor and you’ve got plenty of that.

  2. lydiaschoch says:

    I’m glad things are going well for you.

  3. beth says:

    it sounds like things have taken an upturn and your approach and attitude has made that happen. we all evolve over time, or we become stagnant and never grow. keep it up.

  4. Mary-Anne says:

    We are all routing for you Austin.

  5. jilldennison says:

    I hear you! My own blog has morphed from a venue for my book reviews to a hard-hitting political analysis with occasional respites for humour. And in this, the reign of Trump, it has become my venue for venting my angst, my salvation, the thing that keeps me relatively sane, if I can indeed be said to be so. Good to see you … keep well!

  6. You’re blogging about life, in your own voice. Sometimes life is funny, sometimes it isn’t. Sometimes you see something that gives you a laugh and share it. Sometimes you see something that gets your goat, and share that. Astute screenwriters see while they research their competitor’s work, some of the best shows on television these days are neither comedies nor dramas, they are simply about life and therefore have highs and lows.
    Austin, just keep on being you.

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