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Apologies In Advance

Long story short: I’m blogging again.

I’VE DECIDED to start blogging again. In combing through my blog archive to edit stories I’m compiling for a collection I’m slowly putting together, I realized something.

And that is, had I not blogged those stories, it’s likely they would have never been written in the first place; and, because my blog serves as a bit of a memory repository online, these same stories would be scattered all over the place in txt files, notebooks, as a draft in my email, or written on randomly placed scraps of paper, and in turn, lost or hard to find otherwise. At the end of the day, my blog is a place to write. So, that’s just what I’m going to use it for.

Vacation, all I ever wanted

To quote The Go-Go’s 1982 hit, “Vacation, all I ever wanted, had to get away.” It was good to step back from blogging for a while. It gave me perspective and, frankly, took off a great deal of pressure I had been feeling. We all need a vacation, especially this year.

What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?

Apologies in advance for blowing up your inbox again with new posts. There’s an option to change the frequency you receive emails, so if you think it’s too much, just change it. Or, feel free to unsubscribe and just visit my site from time to time to see what’s new out there by typing in the url https://jeffreypillow.com. That’s what I do for most bloggers I follow to be honest. I’m not a fan of sending emails to readers because I feel like I’m bugging you and I don’t like receiving emails from bloggers either. But if you signed up, I don’t want to not send you an email if that’s what you prefer.

I was considering a routine schedule, perhaps even once a week, but I’m not good at keeping a schedule. Too much pressure. And, it’s just not how my brain works. If I get a touch of inspiration, I’m going to run with it. If it feels forced, I’ll pull back.

popular, head of the class

Everything above is an update that I’m back. But I want to point your attention elsewhere until the next official post goes live on the site. And, that’s to the updated blog page at https://jeffreypillow.com/blog where I have pinned some of the more popular posts of all time on my site. I feel they’ve been lost deep in the archive, so I want to make it easier for folks to find those.

I’m baaack…

And speaking of being back, I’ll leave you with a gif of Randy Quaid, who plays Russell Casse from the film Independence Day. You can read more about Russell here. In a nutshell, Russell, a former F-4 fighter pilot during the Vietnam War, gets to pay back the aliens who abducted him. Being abducted by aliens pretty much ruined Russell’s life. It ultimately led to his wife’s death, his drinking problem, and the strained relationship with his son Miguel. In his final scene, which takes place in the War of 1996, Russell sacrifices himself by flying his fighter jet into the Alien City Destroyer craft, which pretty much sealed the alien race’s doom and annihilated their plans for world domination and human extermination. Russell’s final words are:

And so, with that, I’m back. Talk to you soon.

By Jeffrey Pillow

Jeffrey Pillow is an American short story writer, memoirist, and poet. He is the author of The Lady Next Door. His writing has been published in Urge Magazine, The Nervous Breakdown, 16 Blocks, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, TheBody.com, New York Times, Washington Post, and Richmond Times-Dispatch.

He grew up in the small town of Phenix, Virginia, population: 200, and now lives in Charlottesville with his wife, two kids, and a dog named Mozzarella Cheese. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he was a Rainey Scholar. This is his blog.