Normally, as a writer, it is a major milestone and thrilling accomplishment to write, "The End" at the completion of your work. It can be bittersweet, yes. But it is the accomplishment you work long and hard for.
Other times, it has a significantly different meaning. And feeling. Any serious writer understands the term, "kill your darlings." It has multiple applications, but sometimes what it refers to is saying goodbye to a project you have put years of hard work and passion into. Acknowledging the time has come to move on.
That time has come for me.
After four years, more than 100 rejections, many lengthy and insightful conversations with literary agents and more "blood, sweat and tears" than I can possibly measure, it is time to abandon my quest to traditionally publish my book about cyberbullying among moms.
I will continue my work with The Mom Pledge. I will advocate for mothers and civil online discourse. Because it is something I care deeply about. I just won't be writing a book about it. And I'm OK with that.
I also will not be writing at The Mom Pledge Blog. I have shut it down and incorporated all its key posts into this site, using the tags "civil discourse" and "The Mom Pledge." It doesn't make sense to continue trying to manage two separate blogs.
That is not to say I won't be writing. I am taking on more and more freelance work. Have recently joined the ranks at The Huffington Post. And I have a new book project I am working on.
This is not The End for me. It is a new beginning. One I am very excited about. I hope you will continue to follow me on my journey. And stay tuned for more to come. My fingers are always tapping away on my keyboard. And someday down the road, when I type "the end," it will mean something very different and thrilling.