Monday, 12 March 2018

I Don My Wee Red Briefs For You--Reb MacRath



You should always wear your wee red briefs for any up-front Big Reveal. And I say the briefer the better. Keep my Reveal in hand--er, mind--as I approach the climax of my years-long affair with AE:

It's time for me to say goodbye.

In brief, hear are a handful of lessons I've learned and memories I'll treasure.

--AE affords its members a rare sense of community. Most of us begin with no sense of our audience; many writers never acquire that sense. Even once we've published, it may be years between books and the loneliness of our profession may seem at times to be too much to bear. Here, once a month, we address writers we've gotten to know. Kindred souls with war stories to share.
--The blog can be a great testing ground. Which of our monthly posts strike a chord...and which fail, like my last post, to attract a single comment--or raise the hackles of colleagues, like my Jack the Ripper post. This chance to test the impact of our words can be immensely useful, fine-tuning our judgment of right words in our wirting.
--In my years on AE, I'm left with a couple of names of writers I've come to regard as real friends. But, equally important, I value the allies who've taken time to provide sound technical advice or comment on a particular post.
--Surely my top memory is becoming--thanks to John Logan--the first American member of this august group.

Now, though, the time--

Oh! Oh! Oooooo! Ahhhhhhh.................



What else is there for me to say but:

I hope it was good for you too.

All the best to everyone,

Dear Old Naughty Red MacRath








8 comments:

Dennis Hamley said...

Speaking as another AE defector(who still sometimes wishes he wasn't, but it's too late now) I can only say thank you, Reb. You're been supportive in your posts and generous in your reviews and I'm very grateful. I shall miss the sharp wit, the insight and the not-so-occasional outageousness of your posts.
And keeo writing! There can atill be life after AE, even though it might not be quite as rich!

Lydia Bennet said...

Good luck with your future writing and living, Reb!

Jan Needle said...

I'll miss you Reb. Thanks.

Reb MacRath said...

Thanks. Dennis, Lydia and Jan. I hope we can keep in touch. This has been an important part of my life.

Bill Kirton said...

You'll definitely be missed, Reb, but please stay in touch. Your voice is distinctive and always a pleasure to hear/read. Good luck with all future projects.

Ann Evans said...

Good luck with your writing Reb. I'm actually leaving too. My post on the 13th (today actually, as I write) will be my last. I'll keep reading though. Best wishes to you all.

Reb MacRath said...

Thanks to Bill and Ann. I'll surely keep reading and will stay in touch.

Dennis Hamley said...

Yes, we must keep in touch, all of us retirees.