I'm not really sure how many times I've written this note over the past14 months, but it's somewhere near a dozen. It's kind of funny, I never even really meant to wind up where I'm at in so many facets of life, but here I am. Effective as of pretty much right now, I'm no longer going to be a regular of the site.
It kind of dawned on me in July last year that writing had stopped being something I do as a hobby or for enjoyment, but that it had turned into more of a chore than anything. I worked through it for a while, but as you may have noticed during the opponent previews this year, the burnout caught up. It stopped being fun. More articles and posts wound up aborted, deleted, or half-drawn out on the legal pads that crowd each room of my apartment.
I think back to when I joined the site, not really sure why I did in the first place. I guess I was just looking for somewhere to kill time while I watched baseball alone in Champaign. That was five years ago. Five years, 41 fanshots, 53 fanposts, and 290 stories ago.
I never planned on being a writer or an editor. It just kind of fell into my lap. Thanks for that, Cheat. I don't really know why, but somewhere along the line it kind of started feeling like that song by Superdrag. I've spent nights before exams sitting here typing up articles instead of studying, which was stupid then and is stupid now. I don't regret it, but I have no problem looking back and admitting it was dumb.
I start performing surgeries in less than a month from now. I'll have exams twice a week, lose weekends, lose breaks, and travel to shove my hand up cows and keep paying for the right to do so. Being a vet was always the dream. Being a writer was the hobby from out of nowhere. One of the two had to eventually wind up in the dustbin by May of 2014. I guess I figured it would be better to get a bit of a head start on that.
It's been a fun five years and I'll prolly check in every now and then and will definitely still talk to the same folks offsite as ever, but I think I'm hanging up my press pass. Thanks for everything, SSS.