Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Dough Nation


I can't believe I actually have the balls to do this right after subjecting you all to that Poltergeist clown crossed with Minnie Pearl I posted a little while ago, but it's that time again -- sort of.

Obviously things haven't been anywhere near as exciting around here lately as you've probably grown used to over the last couple of years; I wish I could make a lot of grand excuses but the simple truth is that I've just been completely swamped, trying to keep several different balls in the air at the same time. It means that content has suffered as far as this little experiment of mine is concerned, and believe me when I tell you that this has eaten me alive on more than one occasion. There are quite a few times that I've sat down hoping to publish something erudite and generally thought-provoking and have wound up realizing that my brain is just plain fucking tapioca these days, so hey, here's a couple of dick jokes.

With that in mind, I'm going to go ahead and have a Summer Pledge Drive only in the most perfunctory sense. In other words, I still feel like this site might be worth contributing a couple of your hard-earned dollars toward -- provided you enjoy the humor, the music, the occasional righteous indignation, and of course the witty banter of the regulars in the comment section -- but there's no way I'm going to be audacious enough to press the issue. For the next couple of days, if you feel like dropping a little cash into the Paypal tip cup over in the right-hand sidebar, or maybe buying a copy of my book Dead Star Twilight -- which you can purchase electronically and have downloaded immediately to your computer by clicking here -- just know that it'll be appreciated by your humble host.

I promised that things would return to normal around here eventually, and I stand by that. At some point, hopefully soon, I'll learn to strike a balance that allows me the time to write as prolifically (and thoughtfully) as I did not too long ago.

As I've said before many times, this site is free and will always be that way. Now more than ever I could easily make the choice to clutter it up with ads for stuff you wouldn't want anyway, but I don't because I consider this place my home -- and you my guests. With all the turmoil, uncertainty and instability in my life over the past year-and-a-half, this site has been the one constant. In some bizarre way, it's my foundation -- the thing that keeps me sane.

So if you're a fan and feel like you can give a little toward it, know that it'll mean the world to me.

Thanks for reading, everyone.

17 comments:

The Benners (mostly Nikki) said...

Long time lurker needs to comment - just continue to post pics of your lovely little Inara, and all will be forgiven. No additional erudite or witty words necessary.

Anonymous said...

Too broke to help this time, Chez. But I wouldn't mind ads on this site, really, if it pays for it, I'm willing to ignore them! All I can send is my devotion this time!

Chez said...

You know, the ads aren't the worst things on earth. I've actually considered them on more than one occasion because I have a friend online who's started a network of blogs he sells as one package to advertisers. The problem is two-fold: They slow down the page loads -- and there's really just nothing you can do about that -- and because the far-right buys much more internet ad space than anyone else, no matter how you feel about it batshit "TELL PRESIDENT OBAMA TO PRODUCE HIS BIRTH CERTIFICATE" banners are almost sure to pop up, regardless of the nature of your site. I don't want political ads for anyone or any movement here, and if I bought into ads at all, it'd be a certainty.

Bill Orvis White said...

If you need cash, come on down to Hattiesburg and I'll train you to install water heaters -- good $$$$. It's real work, Chez, not this whining crap you do here.
Also, about those ads that earn you some money: there's nothing around with telling Hussein Obama to produce his Kenyan birth certificate. I would go further by asking for the tribal photos from the camp site where he was delivered.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, finances are tighter than ever. I bought your book before, though. Hope you find the cash to pull this thing through.

Chez said...

Like I said, I'm not exactly pushing this thing hard this time around.

Anonymous said...

It's really sad... I think you have an amazing God-given-gift for putting thoughts and words together or you work really hard at it. Either way, it works.

If I could couple my life story - as it amazingly even continues today - with the way you put words and thoughts together - I would be famous. And you know what, you would be 10 times as famous because of your writing ability. I can see that, but I can't see past your anger at some things, then your sweetness at others, then anger and rage again. That and the hint of narcissism... it's too confusing and/or conflicting for me, and it leads me to question it's authenticity.

It's too bad. We could have made a great team, you would be rich, and you wouldn’t need to beg for money.

Oh yeah... you don't see it as a God-given-gift, and you know that I do. That might be another problem as to why you would never be able to correctly portray my story.

Still thinking of you, and I hope and pray it all works out for you.

Chez said...

First of all, I'm not begging for money. I put some effort into this site -- not quite as much as I have in the past, at the moment, but still a decent amount -- and figure I may as well throw out the net and see if anyone feels like contributing. That's about all.

Second, sorry -- what?

brite said...

Hmmmm 8 postings...does this make it more or less sincere?

Anonymous said...

I never said you weren't authentic or worthwhile - EVERYONE is worthwhile even if you are a dork (I've been a dork too sometimes). And, I'm still here reading aren't I? I said, it leads me to question the authenticity of your words and/or thoughts. I question my own authenticity too at times and keep myself in check because I am human and sometimes my stupid ego gets in the way. It's only natural and human.

So, why keep reading? I guess I'm hoping that I will read and discover something different in the way you are processing. I don't even know what I am looking or waiting for... a feeling that comes from deep within that knows it's genuine even if I don't agree with it!

I'll keep reading and wait until (if?) it feels genuine to me - whether I am wrong or right.

God - obviously - still thinks you're worth it too =).

Chez said...

Sorry -- Blogger can be more than a little itchy at times.

Chez said...

You're one of my favorite people in the world, M, and always will be. : )

Anonymous said...

Hmph... I'm sorry too.

Hang in there Chez.

"... in the world" is a bit much, but thanks.

Chez said...

No, it's not actually.

Just a girl. said...

Well, YOU are one of MY favorite people in the world, Chez.

Human emotion often ping pongs back and forth. To have the ability to express this occurence in words is rare, which is probably why some don't get it and think it is staged. I, for one, find your writing to bleed with genuine feeling.

namron said...

Anonymous: If the guy can write and he entertains you, then why care about his character. I could care less if an author has three dicks and sodomizes goats. (Think Gore Vidal.) I read because the stuff is f---g good.

Alanna said...

I feel like I just walked in on a private conversation between 2 people post-coital. Step.pivot.shut door slowly behind me.