|cover by John Romita|
I sent a Tweet last night;
"Trying to write a farewell post for my TooBusyThinking blog. It's proving remarkably hard to write."
The response was, to my mind, as generous as it was entirely unexpected. Aspergers means that I'm not particularly good at predicting other people's responses, and I'd fully expected that there'd be no response at all. Why would there be? To my utter surprise, folks were curious, kind, good-humoured and supportive.
It's more than 12 hours later and it's still proving difficult to write a farewell post. I've grown very fond of blogging here, and I've no doubt at all that I'll miss it greatly. Yet the truth is that TooBusyThinking has long since done its job, and I probably ought to have signed off a good while ago. It's here that I wrote myself back to some measure of sharpness after ill health, and through doing so chanced into some wonderful opportunities both in print and elsewhere on the net. It's here that I've had the chance to exchange ideas with a great many smart and engaging folks, and here that I learned about coping with the consequences of regrettable mistakes made in public. I even used the blog to chalk up 10 000 hours of writing, a spurious appropriation of Gladwell's pop-science that still felt satisfying once accomplished. In short, TooBusyThinking's been one of the most important experiences in my life. I wouldn't have missed it for the world. It's even offered me somewhere to come out - as it were - and admit to an ASD, as I should've done long ago.
|cover by Dan De Carlo & Rudy Lapick|
But to restore TooBusyThinking back to full strength would take a huge effort, and the opportunity cost of that would be immense. To attempt to do so would involve putting aside other writing projects, and that's something that I'm sure I'd regret. I never wanted this to be a blog where posts only appeared occasionally, and where their contents were in any way predictable and over-familiar. To me, TooBusyThinking was at best an overfrequent, sprawling, messy, contrary, enthusiastic and amateuresque attempt to express a sincere if often baffled love of comics. As other projects have appeared, I've spent less and less time here, and that makes me wish that I'd closed up shop some time ago. That the visitor stats have remained unexpectedly strong, with healthy links to old posts constantly appearing, can't hide the fact that the blog's lost much of whatever ramshackle virtue it had.
Better then to end TBT while it's still being visited by a welcome number of splendid folks, and to express my thanks to everyone and anyone who's ever passed this way and stayed awhile without indulging in a spot of drive-by trolling.
|cover by Neal Adams|
What I do want is to end this blog on a better note than a rather sober goodbye. So once I've got ahead of my writing responsibilities elsewhere, I'm going to charge up TooBusyThinking for one last sprawling, messy, contrary, enthusiastic and amateuresque bout of over-posting. From March 17th to the 25th, I'll be lining up the sugar and caffeine bursts and posting every day on as wide a variety of topics as I can. There'll also be several guest posts appearing here during that period, and, all in all, I think it'll be a good way to end things. I hope you might consider popping over during that period, for you'd certainly be very welcome.
Until then, the blog will be relatively - although not entirely - quiet. I'll be posting links to things of mine which are appearing elsewhere while reprinting the comics review columns which originally appeared in Q Magazine from 2012 to 2013. There's not so many of them, and they're but 400 to 500 words long. But I'd like to have them here for nostalgia's sake, and I'm grateful to Niall Doherty at Q for allowing me to post them. Then there'll be that 9 day splurge of content in March, and then .....
I hope the above didn't sound as if I believe that the closing of TooBusyThinking is of any consequence to anyone but myself. In truth, I just wanted to think things through in black and white, and if what I've written suggests a bloke who was trying to convince himself of something, then that's because he was.
There, I've said it. Now I'll have to do it.
I hope our paths may cross again. For whatever it's worth, I'm certainly not going to stop writing about comics. Shameless? will continue over at Sequart, I've a chapter in a collection that's on its way to being published, and there's a few other opportunities in the pipeline. But the truth is, I know that I've really got to up my game where my writing is concerned, and that's what I'm off to attempt to do.
Thanks again for popping in to this blog. I do appreciate it, and I wish you the kindest of tomorrows.
Or, as I used to write here, and as I never should have stopped writing, Stick Together.
|panel by Frank Quietl|