Six years seems like a lifetime in Internet years. But at the same time it seems like only yesterday that I started blogging. This has been what I hope will be the last of a period of challenging years in my life on many levels. I'm not wishing for a life without challenges. Rather, I'd prefer challenges that don't seem to suck the oxygen out of the air. My mother passed away this year after a long illness. I miss her terribly. Life at Wayside Theatre continues to be a day to day struggle but in the end, even with the challenges, we're still kicking. These two things occupied much of my energy and my life.
But every now and then I'd come back here. As I've said before, I come here to share something. Sometimes as a refuge. Sometimes as a shield against whatever challenge I'm facing. I still find it amazing, especially since the quantity of content has dropped a bit, that others come here as well. In fact they are coming in increasing numbers, which is even more amazing. I'm grateful for each person who stops by and hope they get something back in return.
As always, Life on the Wicked Stage is the place I share what amuses me, bemuses me, pisses me off, or makes me smile. The coverage covers a wide range of things. Some may think too many. But life covers a range of things as well. I try to celebrate the good I find along the way and also denigrate the idiocy and hypocrisy that seems all too prevalent. To say this blog is an extension of me would be arrogant and but also true.
When this blog turned one year old I created the Annual Life on the Wicked Stage Ink Blot Awards as a form of celebration. The creation story is in this year's award post. They've shifted and changed over the years, but they are still something that gives me joy and I hope give the same to those awarded. There's enough wackiness, weirdness, and wonder in the world and I try to recognize the stuff that means something to me. If you're new here enjoy. If you're a regular I hope you enjoy as well. As always I'll revise slightly my introduction to this year's fun and games.
As we head into year seven, I hope that through some intelligently designed construct what happens here will continue to evolve as I do. In the meantime, join with me as we celebrate six years of Life on the Wicked Stage: Act 2 with the Sixth Annual Life on the Wicked Stage Ink Blot Awards.