Just when I thought I was out… they pull me back in.
– Michael Corleone, The Godfather: Part III
When I had decided that I was going to move away from writing (aside from my work here), I’d given it a lot of thought. After chasing dreams for over a decade and really not getting anywhere, it didn’t make sense for me to go on. I had conceded that I wasn’t going to make any sort of living with my writing, and was at peace with that. I was a bit frustrated, but a lot of that failure was my own fault for not having made the best decisions over the years.
I don’t think that I ever thought that I would drop writing completely. There are times that I do have a lot to say, and I feel the need to get my thoughts out there. Consoleation has been that vehicle for the better part of the last 4 years, because there’s no pressure. I write when I have the time and when I feel I have something to say. I’ve given up setting quotas or goals for myself, and I’ve actually written a bit more after doing so. Granted, my series of posts revolving around my 40th birthday and posts about NES and Genesis games made it a bit easier to write because these were things that I wanted to share.
I was more or less closing the door on the dream of writing for a living.
Now, about a month later, I’ve accepted an offer that I couldn’t refuse. The Armchair Analysis project is moving to a new home, and I might even begin to start review writing again. After a phone chat with the man in charge of the site, I felt that this was a chance worth taking. The expectations are very similar to what I saw during my time with the League of One project, with very little pressure. Sales analysis will be my forte, based on what data becomes available, and my hope is that it will find a wider audience of readers.
Once the details are finalized and the first piece goes live, which could be later this week, I’ll post more details and let the cat fully out of the bag. I’m genuinely excited about this, because I’m getting involved again for what I think are the right reasons. My goals are different now, and I really don’t have the same expectations that I once did. I’m going to be content to see where this new opportunity takes me. Maybe I hit my stride like I did back in 2004 & 2005. Maybe I won’t. I know that I want to have fun either way.
So… to all of you who told me that I’d be back, and that I just needed a break and time to get things straight… you might indeed be right. I’ll be happy to receive the chorus of “I told you so” comments.
Thanks to all of you for your support over these past few weeks.