Taking a bow

Don’t think of this as good-bye.

Well, okay, maybe a little.

Friends, after months of periodically mulling things over, noodling, waffling, and otherwise staring into space for extended periods of time I’ve decided it’s time to end my run here at One-Woman Show. For over two years I’ve shared my tales of juggling life, laundry and love, and blogging has been a part of this juggling. But in the last six months or so I’ve realized how important it is for me to simplify my life a bit more, or at least to focus my time and energy a little differently. And with that comes choices.

For now, I’m choosing to focus on new — and renewed — pursuits instead of blogging:

Like writing a new humor column at The Imperfect Parent!

I’ve spent the last year dishing about single parenting and divorce in my Dinner for One column, but it’s time to change focus, particularly because my single days are winding down. (Woohoo!) So, I pitched an idea to the editor for a new yet-to-be-titled humor column and he liked it. I’ll be starting in late June so check back here or at the Imperfect Parent website for more details!

Like writing and submitting articles, essays…and, eventually, another novel.

I didn’t discover a love of writing until my late 30′s; I didn’t discover blogging until 2007. I’ve often wished I’d made these discoveries earlier in life, but now I understand (or at least begrudgingly admit) they came into my life at exactly the right time.

This blog has helped me find my voice and hone my writing style. It’s also opened up writing opportunities for me – other potential blogging gigs, my first column — plus helped me connect with potential agents, authors, writers, and, yes, readers like you whose feedback and friendship I value so much.

What I haven’t spent as much time doing as I’d like to is writing outside of OWS. I’m excited to change gears now and do more pitching and submissions. Build my portfolio. Collect those clips. Get more paying gigs! Start work on Novel #2.

I don’t know how or where this will all go, but I have confidence it will go somewhere.

I want to (or maybe I have to?) give it a go.

Like volunteering – through blogging!

Yes, you read that right. I’m combining my interest in non-profits and writing by helping to start a blog for HEARTH, a great organization I’ve been involved with for about 5 years. HEARTH helps up to 15 single moms and their children find their footing again – through safe housing, mentoring, parenting and life skills classes — plus a lot of hard work on the women’s part. I hope I can keep up with them as an occasional guest contributor.

Like spending time away from the computer.

Despite all I’ve written about, well, writing, I’m looking forward to spending more time outdoors, more time exercising (because I’m actually exercising again!) and just enjoying more of life with the wonderful people in my life.

That’s what I really want to do when the curtains close.

Oh, there is one other thing.

 

 

Heh. I’ve always wanted to say that (and it’s true). ;)

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for reading and sharing your comments here.

I’ve loved blogging at OWS and wouldn’t be surprised if I find myself blogging again someday. In the meantime, I’m linking to some of my favorite posts below. Please enjoy them… and see you real soon around town or the internet!

Susan

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Best in Show / Vintage Susan/ One Woman’s Favorites to Write:

I Will Beat Myself Silly with a Limp Lizard (One of my all-time favs!)

Scenes Not from an Italian Restaurant

Italian Genes Do Not Equal la Dolce Vita

Query Me This A really fun one to write. Seriously, I cracked myself up.

Party Moms Gone Mad

Complicated Like This

This is My Life

Take A Flying Leap (or Watch Me Take One) Probably the last time you’ll see me jump out of a plane on purpose!

You Tarzan Me Be Jane

Embarrassing Dating Tales I: Mothballs and Me

And MORE Embarrassing Dating Tales: Dwight Was Right (oh, and these are just the “best” tales – oy!)

Wake Me Up Before You BloNoGoGo - A pseudo tribute to NanoWriMo…and if you don’t know what that is, well, never mind

My Life in Poetry (or Not)

Dating and the Patience is a Virtue Experiment

Better yet, when my patience finally paid off:

A Blog, A Law and a Little Luck – Part I

…and Part II (yeah, it’s good :) )

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26 Responses to “Taking a bow”

  1. Steve | May 18, 2009, 6:26 am

    I’ll miss your blogging… but I can’t say I blame you for wanting to simplify your life (and enjoy Disney :P)

  2. Mike | May 18, 2009, 8:43 am

    I am so glad to have been along for your ride at OWS, Susan. It has been great fun for me to peak into the life of an old friend and see what’s going on. I wish you the best with your writing and upcoming marriage.

    Don’t worry, I’ll still be watching for your stuff on FB, and you should use OWS to post links to your other online articles so I still have an RSS feed to your shizzle. :)

    Way to go, Susan!

    Mike

    ps…My sister lives in Orlando and sometimes works for the mouse.

  3. curt | May 18, 2009, 8:56 am

    there is something to be said for simplicity, isn’t there? sorry to hear that the blog is being sunset, but — hey, go for it and enjoy it. see ya around the block!

  4. notasoccermom | May 18, 2009, 10:13 am

    I am rather recently enjoying your blog here. and alread I will miss coming here.
    I am so excited for you in this new and exciting chapter. I too, wanted to write most of my life, but have not begun until recently. I think it is great the opportunities in work you have to look forward to and also the new relationship.
    Good luck in all that you do. and Have a gret trip too.

  5. Heather | May 18, 2009, 10:26 am

    Disney! Holly crap. Enjoy, you’ve earned it and all the great things headed your way. Blogs are like great friends, they teach us so much and eventually move on, but will always be part of who we are.

    Bon voyage.

  6. Susan | May 18, 2009, 10:50 am

    Wow, you guys rock! Seriously, thank you so much. (Susan blows kisses.)

    You know, I AM excited about starting new adventures. And, for my fellow bloggers, I will definitely still be lurking around and reading yours. Heh, maybe now I’ll even have time to read your posts AND leave comments using complete, coherent sentences.

    Mmmm, that might be pushing it.

    BTW, Heather: Yes, holy crap. If making the itinerary for a weeklong Disney vacation isn’t enough to make me crap my pants, the anxiety of packing is!

  7. Sassie | May 18, 2009, 3:16 pm

    Well, I thought you may have to eventually rename your blog with up coming events, but this is a shift! I hope you enjoy the future (short and and long term). Best wishes Susan.

  8. T | May 18, 2009, 3:19 pm

    This made me cry!!!

    (Perhaps I’m just too emotional?)

    Susan, yours was one of the first blogs that I found after I began my own blog. Yours was the first “single parent blog” that I began following. And you have been one of the longest consistent readers of my blog.

    (I noticed your first comment was on December 18, 2007)

    I know you’re not going away. I know that your life is taking you on a wondrous and well-deserved happy journey.(Disney World ROCKS!)

    I know all of this… but I still feel a little wistful.

    Congratulations on your new writing successes and ventures. I wish you all the best in your upcoming marriage. I look forward to talking with you more off line.

    And thank you, for being such a wonderful supportive friend in my life.

    You rock my socks Susan.

  9. Jen | May 18, 2009, 7:29 pm

    aw I’m sad that you won’t be officially blogging anymore, but I’m happy that you’ve got so many exciting new things coming up! (WEDDING? DISNEYWORLD? awesome.) I *guess* we’ll still be allowed to include you in any BurghMom outings, right? ;) hehe

  10. Jeff Mac | May 18, 2009, 9:03 pm

    Courtad, do your thing. You’re an awesome writer, and I can’t wait to read whatever you do next. Enjoy the gap that leaving OWS will create, and fill it with something awesome!

  11. Shannon | May 19, 2009, 11:12 am

    Susan,
    Congrats on honoring your inner wisdom…and moving toward what feels right for you. I’m excited to hear where all your new adventures take you — writing, wedding & Disneyland!!
    Hooray…
    To exploring and expanding…
    Shannon

  12. MindyMom | May 19, 2009, 2:15 pm

    I’ll miss your blog but your reasons for shutting down are all fantastic ones – ones I can only hope my blog eventually leads to as well. You are a success story, my dear. I look forward to enjoying your other works as they come. Best to you!

  13. Bob | May 19, 2009, 4:18 pm

    Just tossing out an idea — like you, I’ve struggled lately to maintain fresh content on my blog. Unlike you, however, I’m not ready to call it a day, even though the tumbleweeds have been blowing through Masters of Gilligan for quite some time.

    How about a team-up? Maybe we could find a couple of others who are in the same boat (I can think of a couple on my blogroll, just off the top of my head) and each commit to a post every week? Or every other week?

    Think about it.

  14. Allison | May 20, 2009, 8:22 am

    Aw, I’ll miss you around here! I’ll be sure to check in with the other blogs, though!

    That picture is fantastic. I can’t wait until I can say that, too!

  15. Irene | May 20, 2009, 8:45 am

    Aw! Although I can completely understand. You definitely have a LOT on your plate right now! And, thank God, it is a LOT of incredibly wonderful things!!!! I am so happy for you!!!!

    I have been contemplating this as well. I rarely write, and even my reading/commenting has slowed down a lot. And I feel really bad about the not reading/commenting as much. Of course, since I filled my reader with hundreds and hundreds of blogs, I guess it is my own damn fault.

    Anyway, I LOVE that picture!!!!!! We have been contemplating taking the girls to Disney recently. Maybe next year. I hope you all have a WONDERFUL TIME!!!!!!!!!!

  16. John | May 20, 2009, 10:58 am

    I can’t help but feel a little cheated since I just started reading your blog last week. Best of luck to you and I’ll definitely read your column. Take Care.

  17. Susan | May 20, 2009, 1:39 pm

    Hi, all. Wow, what an amazing group of people in my life…and all through this blog. Just figured I’d chime in again and let you know that I’ll be reworking this site a bit in the coming weeks to make it more of a writer’s site where I will highlight and link to (hopefully) my many, many essays, books, audio books, interviews with Oprah, etc. (Hey, might as well think big, right?!)

    Bob, I might be up for something like you suggest, but I’m truly committed to the “away from computer” time. (Or maybe I *should* just be committed?) Anyway, we’ll talk offline.

    John, I know, I know… Thanks ahead of time for checking out the new column.

  18. dadshouse | May 20, 2009, 5:13 pm

    Susan – looking forward to your new column. Drop by (either fly to SF for lunch with me again, or leave a note on my blog, which ever you prefer) and let me know when the first column is up. You have a great sense of humor, so I can’t wait!

  19. Jim Everson | May 22, 2009, 12:35 am

    I don’t know what to say except Thanks.

    It was such a pleasure reading this blog and also getting to meet you. I wish you every success in whatever you do. And thanks for all of the support (and popcorn balls) these past months. You really are a special person.

  20. Mary@Everyday Baby Steps | May 23, 2009, 7:37 am

    Will sure miss One Woman Show, but I know I’ll be reading your writing still, so it’s okay. I completely understand the need to simplify and focus. Let’s get together soon so we can talk about all you’ve got coming up!

  21. Julie Long | May 23, 2009, 6:42 pm

    Susan, if you simply must go, that was well done, my friend.

  22. Burgh Baby | May 26, 2009, 2:08 pm

    I miss you already. ;-)

  23. Jean Célibataire Endurci | June 26, 2009, 12:57 am

    I see there is no new post since you announced you’ll stop blogging and the page is still online. I was wondering how it will continue.
    Btw: Disneyland – very good choice! I understand perfectly why you wanted a break to visit it, I went there, believe it or not, for my honeymoon! :D :))

  24. johnny | July 10, 2009, 10:44 pm

    Disney world is definitely an excellent choice. Wish I had time to go

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  26. T | January 23, 2013, 9:47 am

    *sigh*

    Came back to this last post to see when it was written. I was in such a strange place back then. It also happened to be the week that I connected with my Gentleman Jack. The very same week you wrote this.

    And to see a comment from Jim. :( Made my heart ache.

    Love you and so happy to know you’re blogging again.

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