As the cold front rolls in…
I have written 130 posts for Housesandbooks since 2011. I have over a hundred subscribers, and my viewership statistics have been increasing nicely over the past three years. One of my travel essays (The Grandeur — And Squalor — of Old Versailles) has become inexplicably popular and was even posted on Reddit. So what’s the problem?
I happen to have cancer, which is certainly capable of altering a writer’s focus, interests and outlook on life. And I recently stepped down from my beloved job as weekly columnist for the Bloomington, Indiana, Herald-Times “Homes” section, a position that I had held for eleven years and which had come to define me to some degree. But houses and books are no longer my primary interest right now.
The urge to write is a lifelong one and I know I will want to blog again. But it’s not likely to be on Housesandbooks. I’m thinking of setting up a new site where I can post a hodgepodge of thoughts that perhaps will include travel, politics, photography, and/or writing. Perhaps I’ll post chapters of my newly finished teen time travel romance. I would consider posting memorable journal entries, or essays on subjects that interest me. And whenever I figure it out I’ll post a link here to let you know about it.
I want to thank my readers and subscribers for their interest in sharing the quirky subjects that I love. One person who commented summed me up very accurately by writing that she couldn’t figure out whether I was strangely odd or oddly strange. That perfectly sums up both me and the things that interest me. Undoubtedly my next site will be oddly strange as well. Hugs to you all, for now.