by Samuel Firman
The end is coming! We are getting closer and closer to Christmas and the end of 2013. Year's end always makes me feel guilty about not having written enough in the past year. Year's end makes me resolve to write more next year. I go in to January with a staunch resolve to write the ultimate novel. I will write the definitive philosophy of life. I will Wow the World with words of Wisdom. Yea, the end is coming and I am feeling the urge. This will probably be the last story I inflict upon my readers until sometime in 2014.
As many of my readers know I spend my Winters in South Texas. The little town of Rockport that expands to double or more with us Winter Texans. This annual trek south always provides me with material for a few stories but there are so many more I could be telling. I should be telling. But then, I don't reach that big an audience so I procrastinate and only tell a few friends of my experiences and I do that when I see them. I don't write to or for them. I speak to them whether they like it or not. Therein lies the purpose of this article. How long am I expect to continue writing here when I get so few readers? Should I write more about controversy so I get more feedback? Should I "seed" blogs and various news sites in order to achieve notoriety? I wonder.....
Nope, on reflection, I know I will continue to write as the mood hits me. When I need to write, I will. I don't do it for the reader. I don't do it for my friends. I don't do it to find a following. I do it for me! I do it because writing lets me express myself in ways I seldom do in person. I do it because it is therapy for all my ailing. It soothes my soul when I become listless and it makes me happy when I could be sad.
Someday I may be able to write shorter essays. Essays that fill the limitations of Facebook or Twitter or other such places. Until then I will continue to rant and rave in my little corner of Newsvine and hope that somehow, someone, somewhere, will read me and enjoy or at least, look for more. Until then, please keep stopping by and saying hello once in a while. Until then, I hope you have a Merry Christmas and whatever other day or time you may want to celebrate over year's end. For us in the Northern Hemisphere the return of the Sun to its proper place is welcome. Happy New Year!