My life has changed a lot in the last few months, and with it, my priorities have changed. I haven’t written much poetry lately…and most of you know I haven’t been very active online.
I have been doing a lot of introspection lately, and a lot of reading. There’s a line in the Lord of the Rings where Bilbo tells Gandalf he feels like too little butter scraped over too much bread. I have often felt like that, for the better part of a year really, and it’s time to change that. I am going to put poetry aside for a time, and reacquaint myself with my other passions and interests.
I’m removing most of my social network presences, including Twitter, Facebook, and here on Tumblr.
My poetry will remain archived on the main site at http://gabrielgadfly.com, and from time to time I may add new poems when the whim strikes me, but the site will not be updated on any sort of schedule. If you’d like news of my doings, that would be the place to look.
I will be closing the site’s store, and no longer selling print and ebook editions of my books through GabrielGadfly.com. They will, however, still be available from Amazon and most other major online booksellers.
Doomsdays, the work-in-progress manuscript for my third book, is indefinitely paused. I’m disappointed about that, but I’d rather not release the book than release a weak shadow of what it should be.
None of this, of course, is necessarily an irreversible change. I expect I’ll come back to poetry in a few years, but I don’t think the love of poetry is something you can force — you love it when you need it, and when the need has passed, poetry is content is lie untouched until you come back to it. Try to force your love for it, and poetry will come to resent you, and you it.
Well…to other matters. I will miss you all. I have learned much from you and loved you and you have shared with me so much of your lives. You have helped me through dark places and celebrated with me small victories, and I cannot express how grateful I am for your support and friendship over the years. You gave me my dream, and helped me accomplish what I set out to do when I decided to become a poet. I hope I have helped you too, whether through my poetry or just through our interactions.
Be good to yourselves. The world is beautiful, even when it is broken, and you are too.