The Reasons I am Here (and where I am going).

Back in 2002, I launched this blog on blogspot to try out this weird new phenomenon known as blogging. I thought this would be fun. I would have a chance to get used to writing about things regularly, build an audience, promote myself and my writing, and generally mature as a writer. For the most part, it worked! I caught the bug, and soon I was posting to my own website, using a blogging program I had to install called Movable Type. I got involved in discussions on other blogs. I became a part of an emerging community. I made friends.

Then Facebook and social media happened. The comments stopped coming to the blog. My online activity moved onto other sites. I kept writing here because this was the only place where I could spread my wings and write posts that were more than 280 characters long, whose copyright I clearly controled, and where previous posts were easy to find. But I did find other places to write, such as my weekly column for the Kitchener Post. Or my over 70 non-fiction books for grade school kids.

There sadly isn't the time to keep up on this blog, and rather than let it languish, I am writing this to put a capper on it. And also to let you know where else you can find me. I'm keeping this blog active for big new announcements, and possibly if the fancy takes me to come back and write something for it. If you want to hear me get personal and political, read my columns in the Kitchener Post. If you want to hear my pithy rants, follow me on Twitter. If you want to know a bit more about my life, I'm here on Facebook and over here on Goodreads. And if I ever get the knack of blogging using pictures, you can check out my Instagram feeds via night_perpetua and transittoronto. My tumblr account (though I really haven't got the hang of it) is here.

I'm typing this in November 2018 and using the date in the future to pin thiis post to the top of the site. I have a few things coming up that I'll be talking about on various venues, including possibly here. There's the publication of both The Night Girl (Spring 2019, hopefully) and The Dream King's Daughter (Fall 2019). There is my Red Maple nomination for my non-fiction book Canadian Structures and Sustainability. And there's all of the other curveballs that life throws at you. I've greatly appreciated the audience I've built through blogging. I've even more greatly appreciated the friendships that it has helped me build. Though this blog sits quietly, I am still active. Come and visit me at the venues I've pointed out, and don't be afraid tto say hello.

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