For five minutes I was a published fantasy author.
I also dabbled heavily in writing for sequential art (that's comic book writing), got close, never broke in. Not an artist, can't draw my own scripts. I used a handle that represented the writer side of me. Used it everywhere. Started focusing back on family and career, let the writing slip, and after a few years, that handle didn't seem appropriate anymore. It was still me, but the old me. Used it on lots of forums, a few game sites, funny how even an internet handle can have a lot of baggage attached to it.
I let the e-mail accounts attached to that handle die too.
My family and I moved to a new community, and I wasn't writing, and then I hit a dry spell of almost four or five years with no significant gaming. No role-playing, few online games I could share with friends. I still own all my geek possessions from when I was a gangly teen until now. (That's approaching twenty-five years ago for you young whipper snappers, and the old dogs on this forum know what I'm talking about. Now get off my lawn!)
I started to think of myself as a recovering game addict, and then it just hit me.
It was so apt, and perfectly summed up my situation.
Shortly after I adopted it, I found a local game table to join, and promptly fell of the wagon. I'm back on the sauce and couldn't be happier. I still miss writing, but Myth-Weavers has helped fill that gap for now. Career and raising kids means I'm too busy to commit to anything substantial creatively.
The handle still fits though. I'll always be a recoveringgeek, especially now as I am so much older, and various parts of the hobby pass me by. Long tale, but I figured this was the place for it.