It turns out I’m lousy at blogging. Perhaps I was simply born too late—old dog, new tricks—but I never really developed the knack for banging out short, breezy blog posts over my morning mug of tea. I get distracted by bothersome things like double-checking my research and making sure my words and ideas amount to something worth reading. My quirky little history blog has been a grand writing experiment. But it’s time to step away.
It’s not that I’ve run out of ideas. Strange and wonderful history topics pop up practically everywhere: in the news, on the map, on the calendar. (The 125th anniversary of Washington statehood? A chance to explore the goofy notion of ceremonial time capsules. Conflict in Crimea? Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole). I could blog every week for the rest of my life and never tap all the material.
But each of these little articles steals time from my other projects. The self-imposed deadlines of blogging are starting to feel too much like work, and unpaid work at that. I need to move on to other things, like writing that second novel. I’ll let you know how that goes.
So thanks for reading, subscribing, emailing, and leaving lots of great comments. I plan to keep the blog archive in place, and I’m not ruling out an occasional post or two in the future. I’ll likely still use this forum for posting quick news and announcements. In the meantime you can find me on Facebook at Heather Lockman Author or on Twitter @HeatherLockman.
But I may not be there much, either. I’ve got stuff to write.
Heather Lockman’s The Indian Shirt Story, an irresistible novel from the Pacific Northwest, is available from Amazon and other online bookstores, and locally in Olympia from Orca Books.