I’ve been talking a lot about Blood Lotus lately. BL is the online lit mag my best writing pal, Teneice Durrant, and I co-founded back in 2006. Yeah, nearly 10 years ago. Anyway. We’ve closed to new submissions, and I wrote an essay about it that’s up at Revolution John.
The feedback I’ve gotten from that essay has been incredible. I appreciate everyone who has taken the time to write to me or comment on the piece.
I won’t go into it here because the essay covers it pretty well, and it probably goes without saying, anyway, that I’m sad to be ending this decade-long project. T and I want to keep the blog going for a while, we’re now taking on manuscripts to edit, and we’re beginning production on an anthology collecting some of BL’s standout pieces from the archives.
I mention all this here because, well, this blog is about writing while mothering. It’s about living a writer’s life while also living a family life, and with that comes the inherent time deficiencies. For a lot of BL’s 10 years, finding time to plow through slush, send acceptances, order and format an issue, publish it, and promote it wasn’t nearly as difficult as it’s been since my son came along. I kept it going for as long as I could, with a little help from my friends/co-editors.
But when it’s time, it’s time.
It’s a hard thing to admit and do.