retirementAlthough it was a very tough decision to make, I have finally decided to put down my pen and retire from all forms of writing. This will also unfortunately mean closing the lid of my Macbook for the last time and walking away from my keyboard.

So along with an end to novels, essays, poetry and blogs, Facebook, Twitter and email will also need to be walked away from. The pressure of maintaining enough words each day has finally taken its toll and I now only seek the pleasure of simply absorbing words.

The unending pain of error correction, proof reading, editing and spell checking has sapped me of my creative spirit along with the stress and worry of multiple back ups and data security. The gratuitous killing of innocent characters, and the necessity to find ever more creative ways for them to meet their fate has created a built up guilt inside me that I cannot tolerate anymore.

The match making of unlikely characters in love affairs that will naturally go wrong is something for which I hang my head in shame along with my lasting habit of cruelly giving these poor souls names that they should be ashamed (of). I am also so tired of fighting to stop prepositions landing at the end of my sentences.

So there you have it. My monumental announcement.

Derek Haines. Retired author. 1st April 2010.

Happy April Fool’s Day! See you tomorrow!

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6 thoughts on “It Is Really Time To Retire

  • 01/04/2010 at 6:22 pm

    Hey you! You had me going there for a minute.
    Good one!
    You would never quit your passion. Especially when you are so good at what you do.
    You are blessed with talent.


  • 01/04/2010 at 8:44 pm

    I'm sorry to hear that, but I can understand. It will be sad to see you go, a loss to the writing world, the book world, the Twitter world…. Good luck in whatever future endeavours you find yourself in.


  • 02/04/2010 at 12:54 am

    Don't – do – that – again. Honestly, you really had me going there for a moment! I could feel my heart sinking rapidly. I love this blog!

    Happy April Fool's Day, to you too good sir :)

  • 02/04/2010 at 1:04 am

    That was fun!

    Now coming out of retirement.

  • 02/04/2010 at 9:31 am

    You're a meanie! ;)

  • 02/04/2010 at 12:52 pm

    LOL the time zone threw me out there. Happy April!

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