I’ve never been a good juggler. The circus is not waiting for my call. I can throw two things up in the air and catch them with ease, but when I try to add that troublesome third thing, well, my act just falls to pieces. Lately, I’ve felt like a juggler of words, tossing many projects up in the air and hoping they all come down safely in my hands. I fear, if I keep juggling, most of my projects are going to crash and burn. The reality is, I’ve simply got too much going on.
I’ve written here in the past about the Overwhelmed Writer. I often feel like Superman when writing, like I can do anything. Ten projects with tight deadlines? No problem! It turns out that I’m not Superman (maybe Jimmy Olson). What a shock, right? With my workload increasing on a weekly basis, something had to give, and, sadly, that something is my weekly blog here on Scribophile. My passion is telling stories, and I’ve never truly felt that blogging was necessarily my forte. But it’s been fun, and I love passing along any little nugget of information I’ve learned to other aspiring writers. I’ve always felt that I am just like you: that writer plugging away, trying to achieve goals that may be unreachable…but always trying, never giving up. I’m just a guy who likes to play with words. For many months I’ve written this weekly blog and tried to be funny, tried to be informative, tried to be inspirational. What I wanted for everyone who read my blog was to simply keep them going, forsaking any and all setbacks; I wanted writers who might be feeling down about rejection or writer’s block or other work commitments to never give up on their passion for words. So, even though I won’t be around anymore, I’ll still be pulling for all of you to succeed. Your words are important. No one can put them together quite like you. Your style is yours and yours alone. My style is my own, for better or worse, and it’s also ever-evolving. We write, we read, we learn, we write some more. We become decent; we become good; we become great.
I’ve never been one to worry about money when it comes to writing. Some gigs will pay more, some less. What I concentrate on is what I’ll be passionate about. When new assignments come my way, I decide to do them based solely on whether or not the work will excite me. Of course, what I’ll always be most passionate about is my own stories, and lately my own work has had to take a backseat to my writing “jobs.” I’ve always had a passion about this blog. The hours spent coming up with ideas and crafting an interesting piece is fun and educational. But if I ever hope to finish my own work, something had to give.
So, here I am, saying goodbye. Another blogger will come along and take my place, and maybe they’ll be much better at this than I ever could hope to be. I’ll be reading my replacement’s work, and look forward to seeing what comes next. And I hope none of you ever give up on your writing, or your dreams. You’re a writer. I’m a writer. So we write.
Thanks for reading my silly little words these many months and keeping me honest. I wish you nothing but the best. I look forward to reading great works produced by this wonderful community in the future. You’ve been great.
Now, onto the circus…