My friends, this will be my last post for the foreseeable future as W. K. Tucker. This is not a decision I’ve made lightly; over the past several weeks I have given it considerable thought.
After returning from Husband’s and my recent road trip to the desert southwest, I dove right back into my usual routine: working at my day job, attempting to run a household almost single handledly–both the inside and outside chores–and writing. (As many of you know, my husband has multiple, chronic health problems, and can do very little in the way of physical labor.) I just can’t do it all anymore.
A few weeks ago, while staring at my computer screen one night, fighting to stay awake so I could work on editing my novel a little longer before going to bed, I came to the realization of how little time I have to do the things I enjoy–one being reading. If it wasn’t for audio books, which I listen to on my commute to and from work, it would probably take me six months to read a book. No kidding!
So I have decided to step back and smell the flowers. Because I have been blessed with good genes, most likely I have a lot of years ahead of me yet, and when I retire from my day job in a few years, I will be able to devote more time to writing without missing out on simply living and enjoying life. I’m of the opinion that if one doesn’t even have time to read, one needs to step back and take a long, hard look at their life. I have, and I feel like mine is passing me by.
I won’t be giving up writing entirely–I don’t believe I could without my soul withering up and dying. I’m setting up a new blog that will be different from this one. At my new home, I will post whenever I feel like posting, and mostly about the good things in life, stuff I find enjoyable. And maybe even a poem or short story on occasion. No self-promotion though; in fact, there will be no link to W. K. Tucker whatsoever. I’m not going to delete W. K.’s blog, just make it private. The same goes with my Facebook page; I will inactivate it. Someday, I intend to return when circumstances permit it.
At my leisure, I will get my novel, Quoth The Raven, edited and up on Amazon, but I’m not going to make a print edition like I first intended. I don’t know how long this will take; I just know I’m not going to let it consume all my time. (By the way, I have published updates to A Raccoon Problem.)
Time…it is a precious commodity, and I intend to spend mine a little differently.
If any of y’all wish to follow me to my new blog, either post your intentions here in the comments, or email me at wktucker@cox net. Around the first of July, W. K. Tucker will close her virtual door here and on other social platforms. I will then follow your blog from my new home and let you know it’s me following you by adding “Cathy” (yes, with a “C”) to a comment on your about page. If you follow by email only and want to make the move with me, just send me your email address and I’ll let you know when my new blog is up and running.
I’ve made some really good friends here–you know who you are 😊–and I hope you’ll join me in this new chapter of my life.
And I hope all of you out there reading this slow down on occasion and “smell the flowers”. Listen to the old, country song by Jerry Reed I’ve linked to below. Some good advice in it.
Goodbye my friends–for now.