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!