April 15, 2014

Stepping Away



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.



6 responses to “Stepping Away”

  1. Kathy McCormick says:

    I will look forward to any post or next project. Thanks for past posts and moments of enjoying really good writing about such an eclectic array of topics

    I heard from a good friend that one of her friends had read The Indian Shirt Story and loved it. I have been recommending it to my friends who have book groups here. K

  2. Heather says:

    Three cheers for friends, and friends of friends. Especially those who read!

  3. Martha Crusius says:

    I will miss your thoughtful and thought-provoking posts. A new one is always a bright spot in my day.

  4. Heather says:

    Thank you, Martha.It’s pretty great to know I had readers (like you) in far-flung places.

  5. Bruce says:

    Noooooo, you can’t quit. O.K that’s it, I’m giving up on history, from now on it’s as the Grass Roots sing “Live for Today”. History, to me has become no more than yesterdays news

    Thanks for all the cool posts and interesting info from years gone past. I’m still fascinated by the fact that Finns can be radical and there was once a floating chreche scene on Capitol Lake amongst many of the other things you covered. Once again Thanks!

  6. Heather says:

    It was all pretty eclectic, wasn’t it? I learned a lot by doing it, and it wasn’t all about history. Who knows? I may find I’m busting with things to say and you’ll have me back in your inbox again. In the meantime, thanks so much for reading. And don’t give up on history! You get more historic every day.