Auf Wiedersehen, Magical Words

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With a name like Edmund Schubert, you might not have guessed it, but my family comes from Germany. No, really, it does. ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  This heritage comes particularly in handy at a moment like this, because the German phrase “auf wiedersehen” very nicely captures what I want to express. Literally translated, “auf wiedersehen” means “until we see each other again.” And I say that because it’s time for me to step back from Magical Words for a while. Not a forever-sized goodbye, but a Catie Murphy-sized break (which is how I described it in an email to the MW team last week). So I’m stepping back from MW for an indeterminate time. A few months, a few years; I don’t know. I just know it’s what I need to do right now.

Being part of the team here at Magical Words has been a blessing in so many ways for the past year and a half. I’ve learned a lot about writing and the business from listening to the rest of the team, as well as to the incredibly thoughtful and intelligent group of readers who comment here. I’ve also learned a lot through the act of writing about writing. Forcing myself to elucidate and elaborate on things that previously I was content to deal with on an instinctual level has been immensely valuable to me personally, and I hope it’s been helpful to you as well.

The funny thing is that of all the lessons I’ve learned here at MW, the single most important one has been repeated and repeated and repeated, until it was boiled down to three simple letters, and then repeated some more: BIC. Butt In Chair.

Nothing else matters, not all the fine points or details or motivations or business items–none of them–if you’re not doing that one thing–BIC–on a regular and consistent basis. You can watch all the cooking shows in the world and buy all the cookbooks in all the bookstores, but unless your butt is in the kitchen, working over a hot stove or oven, none of it will ever truly mean anything.

The same is true in writing, and I need to apply more of it to my own keister. Without getting long-winded about it, a lot of things have happened and a lot of things have changed in my life in the last few years, so I’m pushing the reset button, paring things down to the bare essentials, and refocusing on writing novels and short stories. In order to make that happen, several things are going to have to change, to give way. Sadly, MW is one of them.

You’re not entirely rid of me, though; I’ll still be around the local convention scene. So if you’re on the East Coast, look me up at one of the usual cons, or look for me at a book store or library doing signings and workshops. Maybe the crew here at MW will even let me pop by every now and again for a special guest visit. (Maybe…? Please?)

It’s been a blast, it’s been a treat. And I suck at goodbye’s, so let me simply say “auf wiedersehen,” and that I will miss working with you all on a daily basis, and then go put my butt where it belongs.

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