Thursday, January 31, 2013

Happy 800th!

So, it's come to this? I don't know how I managed this unprecedented feat, but somehow the Bimillennial Man is still up and running four and a half years and exactly 800 posts later.

Yes, you heard me right. This is officially post number 800. Wow! I didn't even realize this milestone was approaching until I viewed my stats page last night. And I thought I would plan something special to commemorate the occasion. But then I got sleepy and went to bed. And when I woke up, I realized I was too lazy to do anything remarkable. Such is life sometimes.

So instead I will revel in my laziness and re-post the very first blog entry from way back in 2008 when I first started this whole crazy shebang. Yes, travel back in time with me, won't you? Point and laugh at how ridiculously optimistic and happy I was about starting my very own blog.

(If only he knew what he was getting himself into, poor sap.)

On a serious note, it's amazing how well I've stuck to my mission statement all these years later. Not bad, Batista. Not bad at all.


August 26, 2008

Argh, mateys!

Hello there, glad you could join me. This is the narcissist post, all about me. I promise not to do too many of these (if any) in the future.

Now, who the hell am I? Nobody, yet. I'm the original David Batista, and not at all related to that poser wrestler (who's real last name is spelled with a 'u' in there, btw). I'm just an average guy living in the big, bad city of New York. I was born and spent most of my life here, and it's not too bad of a place to call home.

I'm of mixed heritage (anglo-saxon mother, dominican father) with almost no hispanic identity. Which is a shame, as it would have been nice if my father had stuck around to teach me some spanish. Anyway, I was raised solely by my mother, and then her mother (my grandma) after the age of nine. I am who I am today thanks to being surrounded by strong-willed, independent women -- my mother, grandmother, and aunt.

In high school I learned Spanish for the first time. Some of it stuck, most of it didn't. I had far more success in college where I majored in Chinese Studies. As a result, I came away with a pretty solid mastery of Mandarin and an unwavering love of all things China. I enjoy learning languages, especially difficult ones.

Now I spend my days toiling in a high-profile legal publishing company located in the Financial District. But by night . . .oh, well that's where the fun begins!

You see, I'm trying to break into the fiction writing biz. Specifically, sci-fi. I got back into writing in the summer of 2006, focusing mainly on the short form. I've written nineteen short stories since then, ranging from 5k to 12k in length. I still have a lot to learn as none of my attempts are fit to be published. Well, that's not true; one of my stories will be published online in the Feb. 2009 issue of Afterburn SF. So hopefully I can keep the ball rolling!

This blog will just be me going off at the mouth on various subjects that fit my fancy, not necessarily sci-fi related. I have a wide range of interests: from comics to computers, to antelope herding and video games. Okay, I made up one of those (guess which one).

I can get very heated on certain subjects, but for the most part I'll keep this blog on an even keel. My main mission is to just have fun.

Hope you do, too!

Feel free to drop in on the comments section and leave an introduction of your own.


--David J. Batista


  1. I started in 2008 too David! Great minds and all :D I'm still on that same journey as you...writing, rewriting, revising...hoping one day to have a novel in print.

    It's been fun walking the path with you. I hope we'll make it together-seriously. Wouldn't that be fun? Same bat channel, same bat . . .goal.

    I'm such a nerd :D

  2. Oh Yeah CONGRATS!!! On making it to 800, kinda like running a marathon :D
    hanging in there.

  3. Well done on the 800th post. Not far to the big 1000!

    I'm amazed. I know I've been going a year less, but I only just passed my 300 mark. Lot of ground to make up :)

  4. Congrats and here is to many more years of writing.

  5. Look at you! Mr. 800th post! Congratulations sweets! Here's to many more years of blogging, well unless you publish that best seller. Then we would understand if you had to stop bloggin. NOT! ;)

  6. Thanks, all. It's been a long journey. And the good bulk of those 800 posts happened in the first two years rather than the last. But, overall, I'm glad I've kept it going this long.

    And I suspect I still have a few more years left in me yet. If not FOREVER!!!

  7. Congrats on your 800th posts. I've been reading your blog from the very beginning and I am so happy to see you reach such a milestone. Keep it up. Looking good in the photo, Mr. Batista, except for the Yankees cap. Do trade that thing in for a Mets hat. :)

  8. Cin, thanks for the compliment. :) But why on Earth would I trade in the cap of a "Steffi" team for that of a "Sabatini" one? That's just madness!

  9. Nice. I should have known you'd surpass me here. I remember when I started mine, ten days before you did ;-), and I encouraged you to do your own and you were very skeptical. Now look at you! 800 posts and still going strong! I only have a paltry 173 published posts and 12 drafts just languishing in purgatory. ;-) Like always, I've enjoyed the journey with you my friend and look forward to continuing on down the road with ya!

  10. Thanks, T! We've come a long way, huh? :)


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