Goodbye For Now


How long is a piece of string? How long, is a goodbye?

It depends, seems like the most reasonable answer. I’m moving and I’ll be without laptop and internet for the forseeable future, although I’m sure I’ll find somewhere to get online and stay up to date with all my favourite blogs. I’m not sure what WordPress is like on my mobile; I’ll still be writing though, keeping it analogue with a pen and pad.

Posts will be erratic, although I have scheduled some, so I’ll get back to you just with a slight delay.

I’ve heard horror stories of blogs disappearing into the abyss after a few weeks inactivity…I may have made that up, or I may be having early withdrawal symptoms.

Seems a good time to have a little recap:
It’s been a fun year so far writing wise. A couple books in the can, but no publisher yet. Quite a lot of short stories written and lots of activity on the blog. Instead of leaving projects half-finished like I would have a few years ago I’m taking things through to completion. Equally good is the fact I have found the ability to revamp old stories that were once left to rot. I once had some puritanical obsession with leaving a piece of writing as is, that any editing compromised the artistic integrity – what a load of shite. Editing is everything. All in all I’ve learnt a lot about the writing process through experience and reading other bloggers trials and tribulations too.

The rest of the year will be editing, re-editing, sending out short stories and kidnapping a literary agent if necessary.

A big thank you to all the regular visitors. I’ll miss reading everyone’s posts, and will catch up soon.


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82 thoughts on “Goodbye For Now

  1. Godspeed Fionn! I’ll be looking for some stories though.

  2. So long Lion! Ive enjoyed your posts and I shall await your return. Keep writing and keep tracking down those agents. Best of luck

    1. Thank you Martin, I’ll keep on it!
      I’ll be posting and reading a bit more often now so expect me to on your blog soon πŸ™‚

      1. Thanks. Don’t know if you’re interested but Ive just blogged about Centum press looking for animal themed stories for their next anthology. Could just the thing for a Lion!

      2. Cool sounds like my kinda thing, thanks for passing that on πŸ™‚

  3. I know how hard it is to keep up with everything blogwise just using the mobile – I did it in the past weeks and it wasnΒ΄t nice πŸ˜‰ Hope the move is done quickly and that you come back with more wonderful stories to share!! πŸ™‚ And I also hope that kidnapping an literary agent wonΒ΄t be necessary, though IΒ΄m sure you could write a great book about it afterwards πŸ˜‰ Have a lovely week! Sarah πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you for your great message. Using the mobile isn’t much fun, especially in the editor part before posting.
      I have plenty of stories thought up, just a question of writing them!

      1. Awesome! Look forward to read them! πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend! Sarah πŸ™‚

  4. Hope the move goes well, Fionn. I use WordPress on my mobile when I’m at work, and I find it simple for reading but somewhat cumbersome for writing. Γ€ bientΓ΄t, j’espΓ¨re!

    1. Yep I’ve found the same, although even with a decent screen size reading is quite draining on the eyes after a while. But it’s a whole lot better than trying to fiddle about posting.

  5. I hope you have a great move! We’ll be here when you get back!

  6. I didn’t want to hit the ‘like’ button in case you misunderstood.I hope your blog will be safe from the cyber bogey man. Cheers!

    1. Yes, the tricky like to like or like to give notice. Tough on facebook too! Cheers.

  7. Sorry to hear that as I’ll miss your writing! I hope this journey brings new inspiration!

  8. monkey miss lion already & hope lion not forget friend monkey. monkey wish lion luck with future stuff. & monkey have answer for question of how long = piece of string. it = 2 times length of 1/2 piece of string. Man say that 1 of infinite number of correct answer but it enough for monkey. see ye efter lion.

  9. Best of luck. I look forward to reading your work.

  10. I hope your exile isn’t too long. Best of luck with finding a publisher. I manage wordpress through my phone. It’s really easy. I’m sure you’ll pick it up in no time.

  11. Having just discovered your blog, I am sorry to see you go (I hope only temporarily) but wish you luck and happiness in your journey to your new abode. I do hope to see you back though and will be keeping an eye out for you. Also, thanks for your kind comment on my last post, Ellie x

    1. Thanks. No worries.
      Will be back soon, time will fly ☺

  12. All the best for the move, and I hope to see you back to roaring soon! πŸ™‚

  13. Best of luck with your move, Fionn.

  14. Good luck with the move, Fionn. I will miss your words so hurry back but, you know…no pressure. πŸ™‚ By the time you come back you may have forgotten what to call me and then it’ll be the whole circus once again. πŸ˜‰ Just kidding. I hope everything goes smoothly for you. πŸ™‚

  15. Be well, Fionn…. πŸ˜‰

  16. Good luck with the move! Looking forward to your return, Fionn πŸ™‚

    1. Ta! I’ll try and still read your brilliant stories on the poky mobile ☺

  17. Good luck with your move! I’ll keep my eyes open for more posts from you πŸ™‚ You’ve become one of my favorite writers to follow!

    1. Thank you mage, that means a lot ☺
      And moving is always stressful, but it’ll be a good change.

  18. You’ll probably find you’re even more productive after a few weeks off here, but do come back! In the mean time I look forward to your prescheduled goodies. πŸ™‚ Good luck with the move!

    1. Thank you Minelli, and I think you’re right, a week or two away from the routine can only be good, but I’ll be missing out on lots of great posts.
      Stay writing ☺

  19. Good luck with it mate & keep checking in, even if it is only on mobile (like wot I’m using right now).

    1. Cheers, I will do, not taking any books so I’m gonna need some stories πŸ™‚

      1. I’ve got one brewing.
        Sorry, that sounds like I’m about to break wind.

  20. Good luck! Hope you enjoy the move, editing and writing long hand. Hopefully it will all be good fodder for the ‘ol muse! I don’t think you’ll fall into the abyss (if you do, beware – that sucker has a staring problem, there is like, nooooo privacy in there, for reals)…will look forward to your return. πŸ™‚

    1. Haha! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
      Thanks, and you nailed it, if nothing else there’ll be something to spark a story or two.

      1. Thanks! I like to think what doesn’t kill us…will make a great horror story angle. πŸ™‚

  21. Best wishes on your move! I will keep an eye out for your posts. Take care!

    1. Thanks Rising Hawk. I should still be able to read stuff on my mobile, so I might not be able to like or comment but I’ll still be reading πŸ™‚

  22. Good luck with the move! I’m almost certain the blog won’t disappear after a few weeks offline… but this is WordPress we’re talking about! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Al, hopefully the blog will still be here…I’m definitely

  23. Enjoy that holiday romance with ye ole pen and ye paper thingy… stuff.

  24. I didn’t expect this…. I wish you the best of luck and hope to see you back again soon

    1. Not sure how long, hopefully not more than a few weeks. I’ll miss your writing.

      1. Phew… I will write each day I hope.

  25. Best of luck with the move, and hopefully see you around on the blogosphere soon πŸ™‚

  26. Best of luck with the move. You’ll still show up in my Reader when you come back.

    1. Thanks, and that’s good to know πŸ™‚
      Also have the second half of The Experimental Notebook for company πŸ™‚

  27. You’re right to concentrate on getting things finished. It’s too easy to waste time (very pleasantly) blogging. Best of luck πŸ™‚

  28. You were one of the very first people to comment on my blog, I really appreciated that you’d taken the time to do that. You’re a great example of how to do this blog thingy well. Good luck and travel well.

  29. Best of luck. Our writing should always come first. You will be missed.

    1. Thanks amigo, look forward to catching up on your stories/poems.

      1. For sure. Likely a few weeks, but might manage to hop online at some point in between.

  30. Good luck with it all, hope to see you back soon.

    1. Thanks Iain, the internet is never too far away, won’t be long!

  31. Good luck with the move – very glad I’ve found your blog in the last few months and will look forward to more of the same when you return! No pressure like… πŸ™‚

    1. haha. Thanks, and likewise, will still be able to read on my mobile I think.

      1. Excellent – I fully intend to keep your phone bombarded in that case πŸ˜‰

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