First off, I want to start this post off as an apology to my readers, and the site. I’ve been remiss with my posting for a few weeks now, and I have no one to blame but myself.

The truth is that I went all out when we were getting the site started, and I just burned myself out.

Where have you been?

So, for the past few weeks I’ve been focused on work (as you do), and on watching as many Oscar-nominated films as I possibly can in order to support my podcast, The Alan Smithee Film Review. Like BGOS, I had some hosting issues, except mine was that my site corrupted itself into oblivion and required me to build it back from scratch.

In the course of watching all this heady filmography, I started burning out on that, too! Too much pretension compounding upon itself required me to blow my mind out with some good old fashioned science fiction. It has always been my release valve, and 2017 actually delivered quite a bit that I never got around to. I started by listening to Andy Weir’s new book Artemis as narrated by Rosario Dawson, as I ground through a weekends’ worth of Civilization VIThen I read Ann Leckie’s Provenance over the course of three insomnia fueled nights. Finally, I broke down and rented Valerian and the City of a Thousand PlanetsThat’s a lot of dense Sci-Fi in a relatively short amount of time.

Tone it down, nerd

Which lead me to last Friday night. I couldn’t go to sleep. I kept imagining asteroids and space battles in a lucid state that kept me from sleeping. So now I am 17,000 words into my first novel. I bring that up because it is the main focus of my creative writing at the moment.

So, that’s why I’ve been absent.

I’ll try my best to post more regularly.

But if not, know that it’s because my head is in space.

Posted by Damien

Big Guy Damien is a creative communications professional, who really likes starting projects. He has a dog named Mr. Buttons, who you will see featured from time to time.


  1. Welcome back! I’m having conflicting life events, and yes, I believe I was burnt out from posting so much at the beginning! Can’t wait for the novel! You going to publish it old-school or go with an eBook or something?


    1. My plan is to write it from beginning to end, then go back and do a second pass on the whole book, and then let my wife read it. If after all that, she doesn’t throw it in the trash, will I then figure out what to do with it.


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