So Hey, Remember When I Had a Blog?

Do you? Is your memory that good? Impressive!

Okay, let’s try to start this off semi-properly. Ahem.

Hi everybody, time — after lo these many eons — for another OOC post from Averry. So, heya, how’s everybody been doing? I’ve been having a time myself, let me just tell you. In fact, I think I will, at least in thumbnail-sketch form.

So, the last time you all heard from me, at least through the blog, was about… spirits help us… about three years ago, as I was making a sincere effort to get the blog rolling again after yet another long stretch of silence. I really thought I was going to stick with that one, I swear! Which was right about when life decided to throw me one of those curveballs.

Just as the pandemic was getting into full swing and I was working on getting back into a Garrosh groove, I was diagnosed with lung cancer. This, by the way, after a lifetime of never having smoked a puff of anything, felweed or otherwise, so GO ME for winning the reverse lottery! I’m not going to torment/bore everyone with the details — some of you are already well aware of what’s been going on; I don’t at all mind elaborating for anyone who does want to know more; but most importantly, I don’t really want the medical nitty gritty to take over this update and turn it into some kind of woe-is-me post. Suffice to say, there have been ups and downs since then, but I’m still doing well, very much alive and active and doing a pretty damn good impression of someone who’s fully healthy. An act which I fully intend to keep pulling off for a good long while.

Obviously, though, when the news first hit, I suddenly had a lot going on that checked in much higher on the priority list than blogging and gaming and so forth. If I’m honest, though, most of the silence here has come down to inertia — once I got used to not blogging again, it just became a habit that was far too easy to keep falling into. I’m sure many of you know the deal, whether it’s blogging or exercising or keeping up with some other pursuit: “I should really get to that today… maybe a little later… oh, well, there’s always tomorrow.” Repeat for several hundred days straight.

Well, I finally figured it was time to get off my figurative ass and get back to it. Partly because I know I still have stories I want to tell and silliness I want to give form, partly because I don’t much like the idea of leaving this whole dorky project unfinished if things did suddenly go sidewise for me (which they won’t — do you hear me, universe?), but also in large part because I miss interacting with this weird, goofy community that somehow collected around my ridiculous ramblings here. So, on the off chance that some of you are still out there, I figured I would dust off the ol’ Command Board and try getting back to it.

For those of you who are still out there, thank you — I appreciate you still having an antenna up after all this time and being willing to peek back in again. For those of you who have long since checked out and stopped caring about the goings-on here, well, I can’t say I blame you. But you’re also not here to see this, so the hell with you. I mean, I still can’t blame you, I get it, but the hell with you just the same. Hey, everybody still here, let’s mock and jeer at the people who bailed! But I do get it.

Anyhow! I’m mostly writing this to digitally clear my throat and let people know I’m back (or trying to be!). And, since we are just starting into the month of April, we all know what that means — time for me to get back into form by recognizing National Poetry Month with a brand new edition of Garrosh’s Poetry Challenge! Because the world can never have too much EPIC VERSE.

So here’s where I have to come up with a gimmick for this round. In this case, I’m going to be a little lazy by going with something that some of you already built into a few mailbag letters, way back when: you start it, Garrosh finishes it! That is… in a comment on this post, or an email or Tweet to Garrosh, you come up with an opening line, and then I (erm, Garrosh) will try to come up with the rest of the poem that follows! Anything goes, so long as it’s something that could plausibly be a line from a poem (as opposed to the first paragraph of a novel or something).

I’m not going to lock in a set-in-stone schedule, but I’ll be sure to put up at least one post each week. I may very well post more if I get ambitious or see a particular line that’s just too tempting to pass up. So start pelting me with those ideas!

In the weeks ahead, I’ll likely also give a few more updates on blog goings-on. I might like to plan an occasional scheduled hangout in Discord (we created one for a DPS friends-of-blog guild in Classic, which I’ll try to link here soon) — I’m thinking it might give me added incentive to stay on task if a few folks wanted to come hang out while I’m assembling blog stuff. While I’m at it I could share WIP tidbits, whether that’s snippets of dialogue or comic drawings — maybe if I get really ambitious, and people would actually want to peek over my shoulder this much, I could stream myself drawing parts of the comics, so you can witness the hideous train wreck in progress.

Anyway, now I’m just musing and babbling (“AS OPPOSED TO WHEN ELSE, AVERRY?”), so let me wrap up here. Once again, thank you to everyone who’s still here, or who maybe finds their way here later on. Hopefully I’ll get to hear from many of you again soon.

 

Averry

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Khizzara
April 3, 2023 6:41 pm

Hooray! You’re back! *happy Tauren dance*

Rakael Towers
April 3, 2023 7:20 pm

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Absolutely tickled to pieces to see you writing again! My mind is already working on ideas for Epic Verse. (Dang dusty in there atm.)

FCUK CANCER, btw.

Karlsohn
Karlsohn
April 3, 2023 8:00 pm

Good to hear from you! Sadly EPIC VERSE is not my Forte.

If you need smart ass comments from a jaded Tauren shaman on the otherhand…

Shanthi
April 3, 2023 9:35 pm

Greetings, Warchief! Life knocked you down but you, uh, got up again. Clearly nothing’s gonna keep you down!
I’m glad you’re feeling strong and are back in the saddle. I have an opening line for some epic verse, because I always like more epics:

“I yearn for that day, years ago”

Here’s hoping for many more seasons of you gracing us with your presence!

Last edited 1 year ago by Shanthi
A Concerned Citizen
A Concerned Citizen
April 3, 2023 11:08 pm

Glad to see you’re still in there swinging. These last few years have been a real boot to the yarbles, more so for some than others.

They Called Me Mr. Grass
They Called Me Mr. Grass
April 4, 2023 6:01 am

Yeah, cancer sucks and blows. Good luck getting the blog back up Avery.

In the meantime, I suggest something about Jorin Deadeye.

Aranya Ver'Sarn
April 4, 2023 11:59 am

I’m glad you’re fighting on, warchief! All the love and serious heart-hands to you!

Khizzara
April 4, 2023 4:34 pm

Yesterday
How my Warchief was so far away
And it looked like it would stay that way
The blog was silent yesterday

Suddenly
A new post appeared in front of me!
And my heart was filled with joyful glee
Oh, Garrosh posted suddenly

Why he had to go?
I don’t know
He didn’t say
It had been so long
We’d moved on
From yesterday

Yesterday
WoW was such a lonely game to play
Now the DPS is back, hooray!
So farewell, stupid yesterday!

UNCOMMON VERSE

Also: FUCK YOU, VARIAN CANCER

Khizzara
April 4, 2023 5:04 pm

Well, OBVIOUSLY you weren’t supposed to write MORE verse based on this, silly Warchief!

Lyssianna
Lyssianna
April 4, 2023 5:54 pm

Welcome back and keep kicking C’s butt!

Khizzara
April 7, 2023 4:18 am

Ok, I think I might have finally thought of a verse prompt:

You know how this ends, but the middle is fuzzy

Rakael Towers
April 10, 2023 6:41 pm

Okay, all I could think of was bacon, so here’s your starter prompt for your Epic Verse challenge!

“Shall I compare bacon to a summer’s day?”

Khizzara
April 12, 2023 7:10 pm
Reply to  Rakael Towers

“Thou art more crispy and delectable”