Something had to give.
I’ve known it for some time now. I just couldn’t figure out what. Or maybe the truth was I didn’t want to admit it — even to myself.
But, after seventeen years of blogging, I’m hanging up my hat. I thought it would be fitting if my last post was for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, the wonderful network that has probably kept me going longer than I otherwise would have. I’ve met so many amazing people through the IWSG, and some have become friends and even readers and fans. From start to finish, it’s been an incredible experience, and one that I’m grateful to have been a part of.
This blog has also been my “newsletter,” and it will continue to be. I’ll still post any important writing or Cruise Ship Killers news once a month, more if there is enough to say. If I’m in the mood, there may be an unsolved mystery, or an appropriately eerie post or two. What I won’t do anymore are posts that take multiple days to research and create — if I’m going to spend that much time writing, I should be working on my books.
Comments have been a sign of success but also my downfall. I haven’t been able to keep up with responses and return visits, and every time I had to write a post asking you to bear with me, promising to catch up soon, I felt guiltier. It’s been a big weight on my shoulders, but I’ve finally had to accept that I don’t have the time to respond to everyone properly. Not without giving up something else important, like sleep. I still have no idea how Alex Cavanaugh does it. That man deserves a medal.
Perhaps I’ve come full circle. I began this blog to chronicle my journey as I attempted to achieve two goals: getting a novel published, and fighting in the ring. Most of you reading this know those ships sailed some time ago, and therefore, this blog has served its purpose.
Thank you so much for all the kind and insightful comments, the shares, the discussions, and the friendship. I can’t promise I’ll return any comments I receive today — I know better now than to make promises I can’t keep — but I can promise to still be your friend and ally. I’m not going anywhere, and you will always know where to find me.
Who knows? Maybe I’ll be back one day, that magic day when I can work one job instead of several. I’m not ruling anything out. But in the meantime, my focus has to be on my writing. And I know that you, my dear friends, will understand.
The purpose of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group is to share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds. To see a full list of IWSG authors, click here.