Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Remember, Goodbye Doesn't Mean Forever

So I've been playing with the wording: long-term hiatus, extended leave, sabbatical, retirement, deep sleep.

My three years of writing this blog are among the most rewarding in my life. This little corner of the webworld has given my writing a double-shot of incentive and adrenalin. More important, I've forged friendships with the most incredible people.

But the fact is, it's time for me to focus on other things--and for now, this blog isn't one of them.

I'm not sure what the future holds for this space, or when I might return here with similar musings or else an entirely new incarnation. Never say never. (Yes, as soon as the floodgate of writing responsibility is released, the cliches come rushing out...)

My writer friends can rest assured that I'll still be dropping by your places. And I hope the rest of you will friend me on Facebook or drop me an occasional line. Plus, be sure to subscribe by email here for any future possible posts--just in case, three months from now, I have an itch to scratch.

Thanks to every one of you for reading, commenting, and being a weekly part of my world.

So long, for now.

Sherry

35 comments:

  1. This makes me sad, but I'll be patiently waiting here for you to come back. Maybe I'll see you at Lomas one of these days.

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    1. Julie: That would be great--let me know when you're in town!

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  2. I'll miss you Sherry... but hey... I'll see you this summer!

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    1. Bluz: Better not be when I'm in Italy! Send me the details!

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  3. No one can be a bigger fan than a mother! With that said, I know you well, I understand you much, I love and support you forever! I will continue to look forward to your writing in any way and in any time frame you choose. You will always find passion in writing and you will always be a writer! Meanwhile stay the free spirit you are and enjoy your time doing so. Glo

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    1. Mom: Free spirit? Sensible Sherry would have a thing or two to say about that... But thank you for your ongoing support.

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  4. Noooooo!

    Please, please do stay in touch, Sherry. Your wit and wisdom have become so important to us!

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    1. Sarah: Thanks--you all are important to me, too. You bet I'll be in touch. You can't get rid of me that easily.

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  5. You're a smart cookie, Sherry. May productivity follow you wherever you go. xo

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    1. MSB: Thank you kindly. Maybe I should leave a trail of breadcrumbs, just in case?

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  6. Intellectually I completely get why you are doing this. Emotionally, I echo Sarah's "Noooooooooooooo!"

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    1. Downith: So, that crown is yours now. You can alternate it daily with your duchess tiara...

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  7. Good luck with the new pursuits, Sherry. You will be missed, but I know how difficult it is finding time for everything (evidenced by my few and far between posts). See you around FB!

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    1. Deb: Yes, so glad we found each other there!

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  8. Sherry,
    I hope you're doing this so you can focus on getting your real writing out there. I'll miss the humor of these snippets of your life, but if it means a book ends up on a shelf somewhere, it's a smart decision. Thank you for every time you made me stop and think, and every laugh of which there were too many to count.
    Love.
    Lyra

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    1. Lyra: And I can't tell you how many times your comments here have done the same for all of us.

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  9. Sherry, we will miss you terribly here on the blog. But I so get this, the need to step away and spend whatever writing energies and time you have on your real work. I often think I should be doing the same! So good for you.

    You know I'm going to be singing this song all day now. I want you all to be singing it, too, so here you go. Some sap for your Thursday --- you know you love it.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-55tol0Qxu0

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    1. Teri: Ha--I've been hearing the refrain in my head ever since I typed the words! Now, I'll be singing the entire thing. Thanks for that--and of course, for the magic bracelet, which continues to feed my writing energy.

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  10. Sherry, it's been MY pleasure getting to know you and your wonderful humor through this blog. You will be so missed here but I'm thrilled that you're finding yourself pulled to other places because that means the muse is tugging you there and that is a very good thing.

    You bet I'll find you on FB, lady.

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    1. Erika: Yes, do look for me there! And like I said, I'll still be making the rounds... You all can run, but you can't hide.

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  11. Add my visceral Nooooo! to the chorus. Sniff. But we all need a break sometimes, and I hope for you (for all of us) that it means you'll be writing, publishing, following your destiny as the new millenium's Erma Bombeck. I will miss this blog, but I hope I won't have to miss you.

    XOXO

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    1. Averil: Maybe our destinies will cross paths, and we can meet for a drink? Say, in Portland?

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  12. Holy crap! Say it isn't so!!!!! I have to say, I totally understand where you are coming from. I've had more fun lately just writing when the mood strikes.

    May your rest be peaceful, your hibernation short and hopefully you won't emerge with a beard, a face full of drool and an extra-large squirrel gut like Sandy on SpongeBob Squarepants. If you haven't seen the episode, I recommend it highly.

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    1. LM Teri: Part of the rationale here is that after a short break, I will be back to writing with a vengeance and have more time for bigger writing projects. But suddenly YouTube and Hulu.com are calling my name...

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  13. Sherry, I'm a big believer in the importance of timing, and it sounds like you've figured out that now it's time for you to pursue other endeavors. I totally understand. It's impressive that you maintained your blog for three years, and I wish you much luck with what's to come. It's been nice being part of your blog world and I hope we can keep in touch.

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    1. Lisa: I've been toying with the idea for a few months; it was a really difficult decision. I think it's the right one for now, but I'm leaving the screen door cracked open while I go about my business.

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  14. The great thing about blogs is that they're always there for us to return to. Unless we delete them in a fit of rage. Don't do that. ;)

    Best of luck in your non-bloggy pursuits!

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    1. Cats: Fortunately, I'm only a road-rager. I won't take out any anger on this little blog. Thanks for the good wishes!

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  15. Ah! The one time I slack off and let my RSS feed build up to a nice stress-inducing level, I miss your hiatus post. You will be sorely missed. But of course I'll keep your blog on my RSS feed and hope one day you feel like popping back to the blog and taking it for a spin. I'll also track you down on FB. Enjoy the blogging break!

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    1. Laura: Damn. Yes, I guess this means some people will indeed DELETE ME. I'm suddenly feeling so vulnerable. *sniff*

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  16. All the best Sherry, enjoy yourself and bon courage!

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    1. Bobbi: Thanks! And bon courage to you with the new book--can't wait to read it!

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  17. Hi Sherry, I can't believe I finally pop up over here and you are leaving!! Thank goodness we will be catching up in Venice is summer. Ciao and I hope your blogging break is productive Cat

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