Happy Trails To You...

May 2, 2015

…Until we meet again!

When I first started writing for Fred Parent, I had been out of the writing “game” for a long time. I was floundering in life in a way I couldn’t quite put my finger on, and one day it hit me like a ton of bricks – I wasn’t getting my creativity out. I was keeping it all inside. And it was driving me crazy.

So a Facebook conversation with a friend and former colleague led to an e-mail to the Fred Parent Blogs’ Manager which led to Dad: Party of One.

It has been awesome.

As I hope has come through over the last 2+ years, I really love my kids. I also really love writing. Dad: Party of One seemed a natural fit, and a great way to get “back in the game” so to speak.

I got lots of fun feedback from friends and Fred Parent readers about my posts. The one about teaching Seamus to shoot got me a lot of views from the firearms community (and yes, I know the nomenclature isn’t perfect). The one about our terrible experience in my county’s schools led to a long discussion with a guy that we just elected to the school board (I really hope that one helps!). The one about the “adultification” of our children’s’ pop culture grew out of a lively debate, and spawned more of the same. Finally, the one about how hard divorce is seemed to genuinely help some readers through difficult times.

All of you who helped me find new topics, who gave me feedback, who goofed on me, who sympathized with me: Thank you. Thank you for sharing your time with me. Thank you for getting to know my family. Thank you for helping me grow as a parent, a person, and a writer. You have made writing for Fred Parent incredibly rewarding.

Now comes the other shoe – this is it. Well, for now anyway. As I said, I love my kids, but finding topics to write about that other people want to read regarding them keeps getting harder. I can’t endlessly rehash differences in rules in two houses. I can only say so many times that raising the children, even for divorcees, is a team sport. There are other places I could go with the writing to try to be topical, or to stay relevant with this blog, but a) that’s not my style and b) some of the stuff that would make a great entry here is just too personal. My kids have long lives in front of them, and having their business on the internet before they hit middle school strikes me as counterproductive.

11136175_10204235622196927_6976280151579653965_o.jpgGiven that, I have decided to focus more on other areas, and I have decided to stop submitting everything to dozens of different websites, trade publications, etc, and put all of my eggs into the same basket. Over the past two years I’ve been writing a bunch of other stuff, like sports and video games and politics and finance (boring professional mags for those last two). I haven’t hit Stephen King’s famed eight hours per day regardless of how much writing got done, but I’ve cranked out quite a bit!

I am posting the majority of my writing for now at www.mickoneverything.wordpress.com.  I’ve had this domain for a long time, but only started posting to it ten days ago. There is some fun content up now, and more lined up for the very near future. As the domain suggests, there will be nothing off limits there – although if the muse grabs me and insists on writing parenting stuff I’ll let the editors here know first!

As I wrap up, l wonder how many people reading this blog stuff got all the crazy pop-culture references I put into the columns. I’ve referenced songs, movies, TV shows, literature, video games, and more in nearly every piece I put up here. In some posts, it was a running joke from the title to the conclusion (this isn’t one of them). So, that said:

I laughed, I cried, it was better than Cats.

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu!

Hasta la vista, baby.

And thanks for all the fish.

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