Thursday, December 21, 2006

Fond Farewell!

W.L. Elliott

I have been struggling much as of late. These trials have brought me to a bittersweet junction in life.

My job may turn into a career any moment now, which – while a great opportunity for our finances – will cut my writing time in half. It will be much more difficult. I can’t afford to lose the raise that the promotion will bring, even though it will mean working long hours, nights, and one or more Sundays a month.

Will I continue to write? I should certainly hope so! The stories won’t stop, even for my career, so I might as well put them down. I don’t think I could ever manage not to write, it is simply that weekly deadlines are not “do-able” for now.

I am very much convinced of the wisdom of the prophets who have told us for many, many years that we should live frugally and within our means. My husband and I are doing that now, or trying to, but we have years of carelessness to pay for. As a result, the necessity of here and now, unfortunately, must take precedence over my hoped-for future as a novelist. At least for a little while.

And so, with regret, I am retiring as an LDS Writers Blogck blogger. It’s been fabulous, but it is time to hand over my place to someone else to write, and post, about the life of a struggling writer.

Farewell, and best wishes!
Keep the faith, and keep writing!


Keith Fisher said...

I wish I could start a campaign to get you paid to stay. But alas, I have a short budget. You will be missed.

W.L.Elliott said...

Many thanks, Keith!

Tristi Pinkston said...

I'm sorry to hear this, but I think you're wise to prioritize and to know what you need to be doing right now. Down the road, when your time is a bit more free, you'll be able to fit things back in. Don't run faster than you have strength, but in the meantime, know that you'll be missed.