I’m not departing as a result of hard feelings, or editorial infighting, or the exchange of inappropriate e-mails with my biographer, nor have Stephen and company kicked me to the curb for playing the crazy uncle in the attic once too often.
I’ve simply taken a hard look at my online activity and realized I’ve been spending a lot more time writing about writing than actually, you know, writing. Some of my other projects have been sitting on the shelf far too long, and I owe some material to people who have been extraordinarily patient with my inertia.
A site dedicated to the exploration and discussion of speculative fiction needs a regular influx of fresh voices and ideas, too. So, it’s time for me to go.
I’ve had several tons of fun contributing weekly articles here. I started in March, 2011, from a little village outside Rome, and have wandered hither and yon through past, future, and a few alternate dimensions with a mix of stories, essays, commentary, and even a bit of fractured poetry during the past year-and-a-half, finally ending up at a platypus stand in west Texas. Many thanks to all of you, readers and staff, for your indulgence and insightful conversation.
That leads me to what I’d like to say in parting. Keep the conversation alive. Places like Speculative Faith wither and die when people stop talking. It’s the conversation–the dialogue, debate, reflection, and exchange of information that make things interesting, attract new readers, and induce folks to hang around and see what fresh madness is going to happen next.
Be the place people seek out when they want to know what’s new and exciting in the world of Christian spec fic. Honor the classic voices, demand solid craftsmanship, and identify the next big thing before anybody else does. Find those elusive authors who swirl eternal truth and quality storytelling into a delicious literary confection, and point readers their direction.
But don’t get so bogged down in analysis that you forget to have fun. Imagination is a gift from God. Revel in it.
See ya ’round the universe.