One measures a circle beginning anywhere…
Charles Fort, 1931
As inauspicious starts go, this one is a cracker. This week I officially assumed ownership of the Write Anything blog. So this is pretty much my first week in charge. And this column?
My word, it’s a little bit late isn’t it? I’d fire me if I were in charge. Which it appears I am. So maybe I’ll give myself another chance. Probation period and all that.
Last week I promised you no more NaNoWriMo posts from me, a decision I’m instantly regretting as it means an easy source of topics is denied to me. Now I have to be original. Eek!
So what to write about instead? Well thankfully this week has actually made that quite easy.
On 11th November 2007 a young and unproven writer from Scotland posted his first column for a writing blog that was known, at the time, as Write Stuff. The editor and owner of the blog took a chance on him, and felt that he had sufficient talent, and enough to say, to be a valuable member of the team. And on 11th November 2010, that same editor handed over the keys to that same Scottish writer.
Life is cyclical. Every November for three years now I’ve wondered whether I have enough to say, or whether I should lay down the column and move on to pastures new. And in some respects, I’m doing both. I reckon that, after this week, there will only be another two columns by me as Sunday writer, producing weekly original content. Then I’m going to be taking more of a backseat role; managing an increased roster of writers, ensuring daily (twice daily!) postings, and generally taking the site to new places. That’s my new pasture, though I’m not having to move far.
As I’m stepping up, Karen is stepping back. It is an unusual feeling, to watch something you created yourself become independent of you, and to go its own way. It also shows the immense level of trust that Karen has in all of us, the writers gathered to this corner of cyberspace, to keep the site going, growing, and changing. That’s humbling, and an awesome responsibility, one I don’t undertake lightly.
All of us, moving on, adapting to new roles, will have the chance to reminisce, say goodbye, say our thanks over the coming weeks. But for now I’d just like to say to Karen, thank you. For believing in us, for encouraging us, and for creating a space for us to develop and challenge ourselves as writers.
Without [Fiction] Friday, I would not have had the courage to post my fiction publicly. Without this site I would never have begun to interact with so many amazing writers. Which would have meant no eMergent Publishing. No Chinese Whisperings. None of the writing projects which I can’t even mention yet, but which are terribly exciting.
There are a hell of a lot of writers out there that owe you a lot Karen. You built it, and we came. So take a bow!