Thursday, September 3, 2009

Up in Smoke

I wanted to step on stage a moment and let you folks know that posting will resume sometime in the near future, but I cannot say for sure when. I quit smoking, you see.

I’m three days down that long road and I’m currently enjoying all the signs of withdrawal, but it’s my inability to string two coherent thoughts together which is confounding my efforts to produce a new post. These few sentences took much more effort to write than I’d care to admit.

In another week or two I might not be white-knuckling it as much and have started to put my mental capabilities together enough to tackle some of the ideas that have been piling up in my creative inbox. Until then, I’m fighting off the monkey and watching the entire extended version of The Lord of the Rings (which of course has an addiction theme and prodigious amounts of smoking for a fantasy film), special features and all.

13 comments:

The Devil's Janitor said...

Good for you! I quit the habit a little more than a year ago. This was after I tried quitting no less than 20 times. No sh**t. I'll offer a piece of advice: the craving will never go away completely. Never. A good friend of mine has been an ex-smoker for 20 years & still gets a craving now & then. I still get them more often than not. It's hard, probably the hardest thing I've ever done. Every time I want one, I just tell myself "you're not a smoker". Sounds dumb, but it works (at least for me). If you want it bad enough, you'll do it. Keep up the good work!

Will Douglas said...

What he said.

I quit a little over a year and a half ago. After many many many attempts.

I get dreams about smoking.

But I haven't smoked in all that time. You can do it. I have faith in you.

Dan of Earth said...

It took me many attempts also, and i couldn't do it without using the patch. I had to use it to ease me down from those withdrawals. On the plus side its been 8 years and I haven't started again!

Timeshadows said...

You'll succeed! :D

Tim Shorts said...

Excellent. Do what you got to do. Then write killer adventure about how dark hobbits are growing bad tobacco and the players have to go in and wipe out all the crops and if the mood suits the players, break the little hobbit pipes.

PatrickWR said...

Your family and friends all thank you!

Amityville Mike said...

Thank you all for the advice and the well-wishes. At the risk of sounding of cavalier, I've no concerns that I will be unable to quit. This isn't my first time putting an addiction down for good so I know the proceedure. The only thing that can make me fail is myself and I can handle him.

ancientvaults said...

This is my second go at this post, my first one was apparently lost in the Ether.

Years ago, after an adventurous couple of years in Indonesia, I became a chainsmoker of clove cigarettes, which are worse than regular cigarettes. In my twenties and I couldn't even run. Then, on New Year's Eve of 1998 I resolved never to smoke another clove cigarette and since January 1st, 1999, I haven't had a single one. It was all about willpower. I do enjoy an good pipe or fine cigar every so often, but I never have touched those fiendish clove cigarettes since. You can do the same easily enough. Best of luck with it.

Tacoma said...

Good job, man. Your body and your family will thank you.

Try not to pick up bourbon as a compromise ;)

Roger said...

Good for you! I'm only one reader, but I would much rather have you quit smoking than keep posting, though this is one of my favorite gaming blogs.

BigFella said...

Some inspiration

Best of luck...

E.G.Palmer said...

Hmmmm, this requires a roll on the Addiction Withdrawl Mishaps Table.

A 7!

Sorry Mike, it looks like you've aquired a taste for groundhog pie.

David V.S. said...

Congratulations! May you find nice replacement ways to spoil yourself. (I'm a tea and chocolate guy myself.)