In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “In the Pale Moonlight,” Captain Ben Sisko records a log post describing his involvement in a plan to draw the Romulans into the war with the Dominion by very underhanded and morally questionable means. And after he’s finished describing his sins to the log recorder (and the audience), he pauses… then orders the log erased, so no one else will learn of his misdeeds. Many science fiction fans refer to this act as “doing the Sisko,” confessing to and then erasing any record of something a person is ashamed of.
I can now say I’ve done the Sisko: I wrote a post that described how I’m feeling these days, about my favorite genre, about its fans, about my personal life, my professional life, which quickly bled into areas of politics, environment, community and social systems… let’s just say, I went into healthy detail.
And then, realizing not only how bad all of that confession made me look, but how little anyone really wanted to hear it… I did the Sisko. And now I’m writing a post about writing a post.
Yeah, I don’t feel like burdening anyone with all the things bothering me right now… and I know that no one really wants to know about it anyway. I’ll just say I had reasons for being relatively quiet over the past few weeks, and leave it at that. Will I stay quiet for a while longer? Yes. For how long? I don’t know. I’ll get back to you. Unless I don’t. But since I don’t expect more than three people to even notice… and fewer than that to care… you know, whatev. I’ll see you when I see you.