It's been a long time coming, and believe me, it's a decision that I've been second-guessing over and over again. But the truth is, I just don't have the time or energy to blog like I used to. This blog has never been any sort of a moneymaker. It always has been a labor of love. I have enjoyed the feedback from my readers, the engagement on Facebook and Twitter, but truth be told, the last couple of years I've been blogging more out of guilt for not having blogs up as regularly as usual. There hasn't been a lot of love involved.
When the writing career finally went pro, that took a tremendous amount of time and energy. I'm in the waiting period right now as my latest Young Adult novel circulates through my agent's connections, but that gives me more time to throw toward the other books I've been writing and self-publishing for years. None of this is going to give me enough money to quit the day job--but that is the long-term dream. In order to work toward that dream I have to carve out time and energy to put toward it.
Ever since I had my stroke, time and energy are at a premium and cannot be depended upon on a daily basis. The less I have to throw time and energy at, the better my life becomes. And believe me, once you damn near die, you grow a real appreciation for your quality of remaining life.
The website will remain up, and I'm wise enough to know that I'll probably pop on here every now and again when there's something in my mind that I feel I need to say. So I'll pay to keep it hosted at least through 2020 and if it turns out there are only a handful of blogs in this next year, I imagine I'll shut it down after that.
If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you'll see those pages go into hiatus. I'm not deleting them outright mainly because I have two really incredible chick-lit kind of novels in the back of my brain that I swear I am going to find time to write someday and this pen name would be ideal as a launching platform for those books. They are not happening this next year, so my social media presence as Ellie Delano is going into mothballs until that mythical day.
I want to thank all of you for taking this ride with me, for sticking with me through the hard, the lonely, the giddy, the hilarious, the little bits and pieces that make up my life and your life. The things that connect us all are the things I love the most. You've been a great audience and I couldn't have asked for better.
I wish you all nothing but the best in the coming decade.