Lemme ‘Splain.

    Got this email from Dolly as I was working on the new “I’m outta here” splash page:

    love your site – just happened upon it randomly this morning
    thanks for posting music…

    Simple. Nice. Complimentary. Strangely, it’s the first time I’ve received an email like that. And it came at the most perfectest time. Just as I was shutting things down.

    It’s not for a lack of blogging love that I’m doing this. No, no, indeed, I love the whole blogging process. I love the act of designing blogs, I love the publishing, I love sharing the tunes, I love processing the pics, I love all of that.

    But I love the fiction-writing more. I’m good at it. And at the end of the day, when I’ve done my work, I’ve got something that feels good and heavy in my hands.

    A blog demands attention like a bully, like a class clown, like a co-dependant partner. And attention equals time. And I’d rather spend that time working on the two-dozen writing projects I’ve got stored up. They want attention, too. And when I think about what would make me happier, what I’d enjoy doing more, it’s the writing that wins. Hands down.

    I’ve certainly done the hiatus thing before. But I’d always point out that a return was imminent. This time, no such promise. I may still blog, but anonymously, and far away from here. And there are always the other sites.

    I’ll leave this stuff up. I happen to like the blog, and too many peple visit the Thomas Newman stuff to let it all go away. And the email will remain, so you can always write me. Say hello.

    But to quote Dennis Miller, “That’s the news and I am outta here.”

    For fun, courtesy of the (finicky) Internet Archives:

    Sixsquare 2002 – The site’s earliest incarnation, when I knew more about the migratory patterns of the black-faced spoonbill than I did about HTML.

    Sixsquare 2004 – The blog looked like a screenplay back then. Cool design. The Wayback Machine may not be able to pull off a full reconstruction, alas.

    Sixsquare 2005 – When I was blogging about HOLLYWOODLAND.


    1. bellacat
      Posted July 7, 2008 at 9:48 am | [link]

      really loved the Jimmie Spheeris cut

    2. Posted July 7, 2008 at 12:54 pm | [link]

      Beautiful send off, man. Really stunning.

      I’ve been having the same thoughts. Probably shuttering The Factory Floor soon.

      Real bravery is not staying connected and interacting, but connecting to and interacting with what matters.

      Maybe we’ll meet in the real world someday.

    3. Posted July 8, 2008 at 7:16 pm | [link]

      Thanks, man. I’d like nothing more than to meet in person some day. Yours is one of the few blogs in my sidebar that I actually read. And hey, congrats on the–

      ah, hell, I’ll congrat you on your own blog.

    4. Siret
      Posted October 15, 2008 at 1:56 am | [link]

      Oh, well… How come I find this blog now that all is lost already? Do you think I should spend more time in net surfing and lurking?


      Take care! I hope that you’ll get the time to write more and all. We all have to quit some things sometimes…

    5. Posted May 28, 2009 at 5:51 pm | [link]

      Thanks, good article.

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