Thursday, April 12, 2007

Last Post (for at least a very long time)

First, let me say thank you all for reading, whether it be just this once, or since the inception (which would be nobody, except for Generic Spammer - a belated thank you, Generic Spammer, for commenting on my original blogposts). My writing here has run its course. My original idea was to be all political and socially edgy and shit and suddenly I find I can't talk about my husband's nuts or how thoroughly annoyed I am by people with Support the Troops stickers on their cars. Which leaves me stuck with complaining about the new dishwasher and discussing the relative merits of morning and afternoon kindergarten. Dammit! I don't want to suck.

I realized the other night, as I washed, rinsed, repeated, that when I have moments alone I don't plot and invent people for fiction any more. Instead I find myself trying to compose humor into a story about a late-morning visit to the yarn store. After I replayed in my mind the sight of the enormous swaying breasticals of the kooky yarn lady and Pooey trying to stick a Hershey's miniature into her Giant Schnauzer's asshole, I realized my creativity was being sapped by my blog. Sometimes my life just isn't that entertaining, and my brain was suffering the strain of trying to make it so. After the revelation I mentally put the yarn lady and her breasticals on the soap dish and instead worked on a little scene in which a woman and man argue about the best way to landscape their yard while their grown children suffer from lack of adult-parent attention. It's a killer story, and as soon as I hit publish here I'm going to work on the opening scene in which the husband and wife wake up to find all their early spring lilacs tipped over to the point of snapping from a freak snow storm.

I'm sorry to those of you I know personally that use my blog to keep track of me and my kidlets. For you, I invite you to email me. Please? And if you're just visiting for a good, regular read, there are several blogs over on the sidebar that offer much more than I can these days (I'm not going to quit reading them - they're a bunch of clever, interesting and inspirational writers). In the event I find I'm working on some fiction and I need some input, I'll post it here with a little personal update.

Huh - what a terribly fractured farewell... oh well. That's it.

Love,
Mignon

34 Comments:

Blogger spellconjurer said...

there aren't even sufficient words to describe what I feel just now.

4/12/2007 5:08 PM  
Anonymous Ortizzle said...

COL. (Crying Out Loud). And I weep because Thought Concoctions is one of my favorite pit stops. Please do leave us the carrot of posting your fiction writing.

You are one clever, funny woman and a brilliant writer. I'll definitely take you up on the occasional email to see how you're doing. If that's O.K.

Take care, enjoy your new house, and get on with that writing that you really yearn to do! xxx

4/12/2007 5:44 PM  
Blogger Feral Mom said...

NOOOOOOOOOO! [quietly weeping]

I mean, good luck with your fiction. You won't need it--you've got three (four? five? fifteen?) times the writing chops of most bloggers, and your wit is deadly. I understand the need to save it up for the big game, and I salute you. However, any time you want to drop by and say something pedestrian, I shan't complain. Your pedestrian is most people's Booker Prize, anyway.

p.s. Don't think this means I'm going to stop stalking you.

4/12/2007 5:47 PM  
Blogger Orange said...

Fiction, shmiction! You can't leave yet! I don't know anything about your husband's nuts. Please write one more post: "Everything There Is to Know About My Husband's Nuts."

Also, you're a hotshot commenter, so I hope to see you around in the little pop-up windows.

May you nourish your soul and your mind with the writing you do, and may you get published so we can all read it!

4/12/2007 6:58 PM  
Blogger green3 said...

Damn, that's sad. But I totally understand. You will be missed.

Best wishes.

4/12/2007 8:12 PM  
Blogger SUEB0B said...

You'll be back. You're an addict. Admit it.

Please?

4/12/2007 8:16 PM  
Anonymous LetterB said...

Argh. Am I supposed to just take this gracefully? Because I am not feeling very ladylike right now. Or maybe I am because I think I might start to cry. I know you have to do what you have to do and god knows I have felt the same inexorable pull of feeding the blog beast, but that doesn't mean I can't kick and scream about it.

Your work here has value. Immense value. And it is very, very good. You have created a beautiful body of essays with this blog. I know that the blog form is new and untested but you are a natural born maestro. And your writing has been read, thought about, and loved, not tossed out and replied to with a form letter. If the fiction game gets you down please know that a lot of us will be here to cheer you on. I have no doubt you will succeed there just as you have succeeded here. You will be very, very missed, Mignon.

4/12/2007 8:49 PM  
Blogger patches said...

I feel like I've just been denied the opportunity to get to know you as well as the others here....Nonetheless, if blogging hath killed the muse, then it is only fair that blogging be beaten into submission so that fiction may flourish. In the meantime, I hope you'll leave your blog and archives up longer so I can get to know youe better.

I wish you well Mignon, though hopefully you'll forgive me if I hope that you'll return to blogging in the future. Your acidic wit is refreshing, may it continue to serve you well as you concentrate on fiction. Forgive me if this sounds like a yearbook comment...

4/12/2007 9:02 PM  
Blogger DoctorMama said...

I guess if you've got to go, you're doing it for the best of reasons.

4/12/2007 10:17 PM  
Anonymous V-Grrrl said...

I understand why you can't be monogamous to the blog--go ahead, indulge your inner slut. Pinch a publisher's ass. Sleep with the Muses. Fantasize about having an editor at your beck and call. Pervs that we are, we'll be checking in to see if you'll kiss and tell.

4/12/2007 11:24 PM  
Blogger mamatulip said...

I had a feeling this was coming.

*sigh*

Be well.

4/13/2007 5:19 AM  
Blogger Mamalujo said...

Fuckin' A. Good. For. You.

I want signed copies.

4/13/2007 6:08 AM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

Dammit. I was a little scared when I read the title of your last post, but hoped (prayed) maybe you were referring to something else.

Please don't be a stranger, my friend. I shall be an e-mail buddy (though inconsistent) if nothing else to keep in touch.

Take care of you and yours, and keep on writing even if we don't get to read your delicious prose.

4/13/2007 6:44 AM  
Blogger Tink said...

I'm glad you labeled the previous post "Second to last post" because otherwise I might not have taken this news so well. If you haven't noticed, I'm kind of a Mignon groupie. Not to be confused with fan which would require me to make dot-to-dot posters of your head. It's seriously going to suck not having you around. But I understand. I'm going to miss you.

4/13/2007 7:40 AM  
Blogger Bimbo said...

Yes! Good! Go!

You've had some success blogging, building up an admirable readership and flexing this part of your literary muscle. It must be hard to walk away from that in the sense that it is often rewarding, and praise is always good, but it's better for the over-all you(I think), as a person and an artist, to recognize limitations, walls, and what you really can do.

I'm really proud of you. Really, really proud. And I don't think I'll miss you too terribly much if I think of you writing fiction, living out that need and goal. All the very best~kst

4/13/2007 10:08 AM  
Blogger Joel said...

I just discovered this the other day, cruising from link to link like an ape swinging on vines. I'm a little disappointed to see that you're quitting. I remember you from years ago as a smart-ass little girl, which I'm pleased to see didn't disappear when you grew up.

4/13/2007 1:22 PM  
Blogger Arabella said...

WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME?????

Ok, ok, I'll try to calm down and be a little less selfish.

Mignon, I am really, really, really, really, really going to miss your blogging. I understand your reasons for stopping and fully support your doing what is best for you, but I will miss it terribly.

PLEASE keep in touch. I can't lose both your blogging and your friendship!

4/13/2007 7:33 PM  
Blogger Arabella said...

Okay, I've thought it over, and I really, really, REALLY don't want you to quit. PLEASE reconsider.

PLEASE.

Unless, of course, you really need to stop.

Sigh.

PLEASE.

4/13/2007 7:37 PM  
Anonymous stella said...

i read this and think...i could have written it.

this is so true. and i promise you that so many 'others'...us...we ...feel similarly.

but its okay i think!!??? right? i mean....its writing. whether the story is drawn from non-fictional flashes of your day to day life, or family...why not?

maybe some days your fiction is in full swing. we all embelish...but thats just flexin the creative muscles. telling a story. making people smile. you do that well mig.

i hate to think you are going to quit doing this. ack. it's strange, because it seems like a lot of people i have been in contact with for years now, are falling off the wagon. having doubts.

but you gotta do what you gotta do. but still. ack.

ack.
please keep in touch. i may be out in the big sky sooner than i thought the way things have been going lately!

cheers mate. dont be a stranger.
stella

4/13/2007 8:08 PM  
Anonymous wordgirl said...

Write that novel. Or else. Keep in touch. I'd hate to get to know you as well as I did in Savannah and then have it all evaporate.

4/13/2007 9:12 PM  
Anonymous TB said...

Please don't be a stranger, either here or elsewhere. I'll miss you.

Keep writing. You're good at it. And if it's something you're particularly proud of, post it here too. I'd love to read it.

4/14/2007 8:33 AM  
Blogger sarah said...

sad but understandable- I've been peeping in for a while and love your stuff and stories.

just know your life is filled with creativity and excitement - trust me the grass is always greener.

guess I'll have to start emailing ya xosa

4/15/2007 11:25 AM  
Blogger meno said...

i know i left a goodbye comment a few days ago, but i see it's not here and either you deleted it because it was so offensive, or i hit the x button instead of the post button. regardless, i do want to say goodbye and that i have enjoyed your writings and your comments.
Does this mean i get to put you in the slackers column?

4/16/2007 4:20 PM  
Anonymous kathie said...

Mignon, I'm sorry you're gone, but completely understand the sapability of the blogosphere. Very smart to priortize and you might find at some point you don't have to be that great on your blog because your fiction carries that load. In mind they're two different things. But I'll miss you...stay in touch.

4/16/2007 7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so sad, but at least I won't have to stress any longer that I might come across some first-hand account of Jibeez balls in these pages. Oh great. I think I just shit my pants. 21 jugalug. When's the publishing party and are we all invited and what should we wear?

4/16/2007 10:36 PM  
Blogger spellconjurer said...

I'm still distraught. I'm such a baby.

4/17/2007 10:35 AM  
Blogger Oh, The Joys said...

You will be missed.

4/17/2007 1:33 PM  
Blogger Jess Riley said...

I'm sad you're leaving, but I understand--blogging DOES tend to sap other writing efforts. Like everyone else said, get crankin' on that book so we can read it! And hope to see you back once in awhile!!

4/18/2007 11:15 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Harridan said...

Ack!!!

Please promise to come back, at least occasionally. And please keep in touch.

And good luck with your fiction! You have talent, woman, and you are one of the most well-rounded people I have ever known - is there anything you *can't* do? Go for it! And then tell us about it. :)

4/22/2007 9:36 AM  
Blogger Feral Mom said...

I don't know why I keep coming back here. Denial loves comment company, I guess. And I *did* promise to keep stalking you, so...so...there. Yeah.

4/23/2007 5:11 PM  
Blogger Brooke said...

Awww man, that sucks. But I understand. I really hope you keep writing in some form though. And please keep in touch.

I'll miss you and your awesome "the 2nd trimester sucked!" honesty. :)

4/24/2007 12:03 AM  
Blogger spellconjurer said...

feral mom I can't stop coming back either. Maybe it's all been a ploy on mignon's part to find out who the real stalkers are. The ones who CAN'T stop coming back. Just to leave lame comments on a shuttered blog. That's me. Still sad. Still lonely. Sniff Sniff.

4/25/2007 10:40 AM  
Blogger Louise said...

Just wanted to say: I miss you!

4/30/2007 7:22 PM  
Blogger Arabella said...

Me too. I miss you terribly.

5/09/2007 8:11 AM  

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