Hi, Everyone! Marcia, here today.
When I was invited to join Story Empire last spring, I can’t tell you how truly honored and excited I felt. I’d followed the blog for some time and knew it had a well-earned reputation as an informative and helpful place to learn all sorts of things about the craft of writing. I still feel exactly the same way, and wouldn’t trade my time here for anything. But—you knew there was a “but” coming, right? —this year has not been kind to any of us, and I now find myself with several issues that are slowing me down significantly.
As a person who has always felt much younger than my actual years, in addition to one who figures if I’m going to do something, I’m going to do it to the very best of my abilities, it’s extremely difficult for me to grasp that my life is changing a bit. Much as I hate it, I have to accept that I can no longer keep up the pace I set for myself. Yep. I’m getting older. Add some health issues to that, and … Reality Check time.
After much pondering and deliberation, I made a list and chose the three things I most need to focus on at this point in my life, other than family & dear friends, of course. Here’s what I came up with:
- My Health. If I don’t take care of myself, I’m no good to anyone else. I’m working on that already, but have a few more issues to deal with.
- My Writing. I still have stories I want to tell before I’m ready for the rocking chair, and yet I haven’t managed to get more than 3 measly chapters of my WIP done this entire year! That’s gotta change!
- My Own Blog. I’ve been on an extended blog break from The Write Stuff for nearly four weeks, something I’ve never done in close to 20 years of blogging. (That alone tells you how overwhelmed I’ve been.) I’d like to gradually resume my long-standing TWS features before my wonderful followers wander off to more interesting places. And I’m definitely planning to keep the blog open to all my friends and fellow writers who’d like to share their latest news, including everyone here in the wonderful Story Empire family.
To that end, as you may have surmised, I have decided to “retire” from contributing to Story Empire. This was a very difficult decision, believe me. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here, and will miss being a part of each month’s posts. But I promise I will NEVER stop following along and sharing the Monday, Wednesday, and Friday posts on The Write Stuff, so others will remember to check them out, if they aren’t already following, too. Nor will I be a stranger. I’ll just go back to enjoying and learning from the posts as I did before joining the group.
My heartfelt thanks and admiration go out to Mae, Harmony, Staci, Joan, Craig, John, and Gwen, for welcoming me to Story Empire, and for being such steadfast friends and supporters. And a huge thank-you, as well, to all of you who’ve responded so beautifully to my posts each month. I appreciate each of you more than you’ll ever know.
Now, go forth, my friends, and write with happy hearts, while I try to do the same, because–as always–happy hearts are the way to approach pretty much everything! (That’s my story, an’ I’m stickin’ to it!)