~ PARODY OF OLD SAYING, possibly MAD Magazine...
There's another old saying I just made up that goes, "You don't choose writing; writing chooses you." If that is true, and I believe it is, then it must be possible for writing to abandon you and move on in search of fresh new voices. I am convinced that that is what has happened to me, leaving me with 60 years of experience, and not the slightest interest in writing another word. After careful consideration of my likely future, I have decided to spend my writing time encouraging those fresh new voices to reach their full potential. This will take the form of reviews, and an occasional blog post discussing concepts and issues that have crossed my radar. I never thought this would be the final destination, but then, who among us can predict his own fate?
Thus did I post on my Writing.com blog, Riding the Blimp, yesterday, because after all my big talk and big plans of the last couple of weeks, the "muse," whatever the hell that is, has deserted me again. The candle of interest keeps flickering, and the periods when I can't write are constantly becoming longer and deeper. I can only assume that it's going to get worse until the periods when I can write no longer exist at all. Rather than torture myself and the few followers I have left with promises of great things to come, I've closed the public window to my works in progress. There may still be times when I want to write, and the love of writing may return in full, but until it does, I'll be a supporter of the next wave; after all, leaving out my formative years, I had three decades to make my mark, and after those thirty years, there might be thirty people who know who I am. Time to welcome the next crop of talented new voices to the field.
That just leaves the question of what I'm going to do with this blog. Photos? Anecdotes? Recipes? Confrontational political rants? Yeah, you know me better than that, but, speaking of butchered old sayings, here's a thought to take with you in these difficult times: A penny saved is a government oversight!
Play nice, look out for one another, and live life like you mean it. I'll see you around the web!