Despite cooler temperatures, falling leaves, and shorter days, fall has been deemed the time of change. Kids enter new grades, television networks once made grand introductions for season premieres, and sports fans ignore their losing baseball teams to focus on their losing football teams. Fall has also been a time for many folks to end one chapter of their lives and begin another.
I'm in that category. After two-and-a-half years I've decided to step down as a regular columnist for The Writing Bug. When I began writing for this site in 2013 I was finding my creative groove. And, well, you know what happened, because I blabbed about it numerous times:
blah, blah, blah ... versatile author,
blah, blah, blah ... small press owner,
blah, blah, blah ... broadcaster
blah, blah, blah ... pillar of the writing community
blah, blah, blah ... Kardashians
Needless to say, I'm a different person than I was in 2013. Some of that is thanks to the depression meds, but the rest comes from the knowledge I amassed reading and writing columns on this site. In a nutshell, here's what I learned ... us creatives are not the perfect specimens of productivity and confidence. We have our weaknesses, our down times, and our fears. We try to push all of these far below our kidneys but can't seem to keep them locked away. The Writing Bug columnists have shown these blemishes on their sleeves, and they're darn proud of them.
I've noticed these traits in myself during 2015 as priorities shifted, my life got insanely crazy, and my kids bugged the heck out of me during summer vacation. One of the reasons I'm leaving The Writing Bug is to gain a fresh perspective for the writing world. The other is to give another NCW member a chance to show what they have. I mean, I can't hog the spotlight forever, regardless how many chains I use to attach myself to the mechanism.
As many talk show hosts have said this year, this is not a true good-bye. I'm still going to be the web administrator for The Writing Bug as well as a pinch hitter for those who can't make deadline for some reason. Plus, I continue to maintain a hand in the writing world through my posts on Facebook and Twitter and hosting gigs for the NCW Podcast and Between the Pages. And I'm not going to stop blogging. I'm just going to refocus it at my new author page and Wooden Pants Publishing. Oh, I know another reason why I'm leaving -- I'm freakin' busy.
Don't think of my virtual walk into the sunset as an ending. Think of it as moving closer to get a better look at the glorious hues, textures, and uniqueness of each sunset. New adventures are waiting for me just beyond the golden warmth. I hope you have a similar journey.