I‘m so glad we had this time together, … The Carol Burnett Show theme song
The second anniversary of my journey with Robby Robin is rapidly approaching. Time for reflection. And I think maybe it’s time to take my journey in new directions. Robby Robin’s original audience – my precious grandchildren – are older now – nearly 5 and 8 – and I’ve had to move my writing and my imagination to new genres, like early-reader chapter books. When I started blogging my other main focus was long distance running for oldsters. We’re still doing that, although slowing down. But as much as I enjoy it, and as much as I miss it when I can’t be out there on our beautiful trails, chugging along with my own thoughts and my 50s and 60s playlist, I’ve probably shared as many of my learning experiences in running as are useful to others. So I have taken the surprisingly difficult decision to close ‘er down. To borrow the words of one of my heroes, Leonard Cohen, “it’s closing time” for Robby Robin’s Journey.
It was just two years ago that I took a workshop in blogging, spurred on by the dictum advocated repeatedly at an earlier writing workshop I had attended that “every writer needs to have a blog.” I had started writing Robby Robin stories for my grandchildren, was filled with enthusiasm, and figured I should get with the program. I knew nothing about blogging or the richness of the blogosphere. I had no idea that this “blogging thing” would include meeting new people from around the world, finding supportive kindred spirits, being exposed to new ideas, and learning new perspectives. This journey through the blogosphere has been an amazing ride and I would like to thank everyone who has shared it with me. I’ve gone off on many tangential topics since starting with running and writing for children; I am grateful for your indulgence.
In taking my leave, I would like to single out some of some of the bloggers who have made a difference to me. Thank you all for being there, for sharing your world, your wisdom, and your lessons in life. Don’t worry, I will continue to be a faithful follower!
And so, in no particular order, special appreciation goes to:
Roy McCarthy, indie author and runner from the Isle of Jersey off the coast of France, who blogs at Back on the Rock; I have thoroughly enjoyed all three of the books he has indie published to date.
Maurice Barry, from Canada’s own Rock, Newfoundland, who blogs at Not Banjaxed … Yet, providing excellent commentary on e-learning, plus tales of life and history in Newfoundland.
DM, from Iowa, who blogs at I also live on a farm. I love his contemplative tone. DM, you offer much wisdom.
Francis Guenette, from Vancouver Island, who blogs at Disappearing in Plain Sight, which is also the name of her first – and excellent – novel. She has had some great adventures in getting her indie book out there. If you’re looking for advice in that area, check out her blog.
Jo Robinson, indie author and animal lover in South Africa, formerly in Zmbabwe, who blogs at http://africolonialstories.wordpress.com/.
Jenny Pellett, from the south of England, who shares her travels and reflections on life at Characters from the Kitchen.
Hey Jude, also from England, who shares a wealth of travel stories at TRAVEL WORDS.
Jane Tims, from New Brunswick, who shares poetry, drawings, water colours, and her rambles, virtual and real, at Niche Poetry and Prose.
Rita Caldwell, from the beautiful hills near Blacksburg, Virginia, who shares her stories of country living with pride and love in Country Girl – Life on the Farm, and,
Alesia, from Seattle, who writes about “an ordinary life told in extraordinary fashion” at Alesia Blogs. Her “ordinary” life includes the special challenges of raising an autistic child.