Don’t think of this as good-bye.
Well, okay, maybe a little.
Friends, after months of periodically mulling things over, noodling, waffling, and otherwise staring into space for extended periods of time I’ve decided it’s time to end my run here at One-Woman Show. For over two years I’ve shared my tales of juggling life, laundry and love, and blogging has been a part of this juggling. But in the last six months or so I’ve realized how important it is for me to simplify my life a bit more, or at least to focus my time and energy a little differently. And with that comes choices.
For now, I’m choosing to focus on new — and renewed — pursuits instead of blogging:
Like writing a new humor column at The Imperfect Parent!
I’ve spent the last year dishing about single parenting and divorce in my Dinner for One column, but it’s time to change focus, particularly because my single days are winding down. (Woohoo!) So, I pitched an idea to the editor for a new yet-to-be-titled humor column and he liked it. I’ll be starting in late June so check back here or at the Imperfect Parent website for more details!
Like writing and submitting articles, essays…and, eventually, another novel.
I didn’t discover a love of writing until my late 30’s; I didn’t discover blogging until 2007. I’ve often wished I’d made these discoveries earlier in life, but now I understand (or at least begrudgingly admit) they came into my life at exactly the right time.
This blog has helped me find my voice and hone my writing style. It’s also opened up writing opportunities for me — other potential blogging gigs, my first column — plus helped me connect with potential agents, authors, writers, and, yes, readers like you whose feedback and friendship I value so much.
What I haven’t spent as much time doing as I’d like to is writing outside of OWS. I’m excited to change gears now and do more pitching and submissions. Build my portfolio. Collect those clips. Get more paying gigs! Start work on Novel #2.
I don’t know how or where this will all go, but I have confidence it will go somewhere.
I want to (or maybe I have to?) give it a go.
Like volunteering — through blogging!
Yes, you read that right. I’m combining my interest in non-profits and writing by helping to start a blog for HEARTH, a great organization I’ve been involved with for about 5 years. HEARTH helps up to 15 single moms and their children find their footing again – through safe housing, mentoring, parenting and life skills classes — plus a lot of hard work on the women’s part. I hope I can keep up with them as an occasional guest contributor.
Like spending time away from the computer.
Despite all I’ve written about, well, writing, I’m looking forward to spending more time outdoors, more time exercising (because I’m actually exercising again!) and just enjoying more of life with the wonderful people in my life.
That’s what I really want to do when the curtains close.
Oh, there is one other thing.
Heh. I’ve always wanted to say that (and it’s true). 😉
From the bottom of my heart, thank you for reading and sharing your comments here.
I’ve loved blogging at OWS and wouldn’t be surprised if I find myself blogging again someday. In the meantime, I’m linking to some of my favorite posts below. Please enjoy them… and see you real soon around town or the internet!
Best in Show / Vintage Susan/ One Woman’s Favorites to Write:
I Will Beat Myself Silly with a Limp Lizard (One of my all-time favs!)
Scenes Not from an Italian Restaurant
Italian Genes Do Not Equal la Dolce Vita
Query Me This A really fun one to write. Seriously, I cracked myself up.
Party Moms Gone Mad
Complicated Like This
This is My Life
Take A Flying Leap (or Watch Me Take One) Probably the last time you’ll see me jump out of a plane on purpose!
You Tarzan Me Be Jane
Embarrassing Dating Tales I: Mothballs and Me
And MORE Embarrassing Dating Tales: Dwight Was Right (oh, and these are just the “best” tales – oy!)
Wake Me Up Before You BloNoGoGo – A pseudo tribute to NanoWriMo…and if you don’t know what that is, well, never mind
My Life in Poetry (or Not)
Dating and the Patience is a Virtue Experiment
Better yet, when my patience finally paid off:
A Blog, A Law and a Little Luck – Part I
…and Part II (yeah, it’s good 🙂 )