by Cameron D. James
Followers of The Grip likely saw Lisabet's post a few days ago where she said she's on her way out the door. Unfortunately, I'm on my way out too.
I originally joined The Grip back in October of 2015 with my first post being about "Forks in the Road". It was a post about how something simple and small can make a huge change in your life. I wrote about back when I wasn't out to myself yet, happened to meet a man who was interested in me, gave it a whirl, and later ended up marrying that man -- and along the way moved from writing sci-fi to writing gay erotica.
My life continues to go down this uncharted path in the woods, all thanks to meeting that man over eight years ago. We now, as regular blog followers likely know, own a publishing company for erotic romance, as well as a sub-imprint for queer young adult fiction. Following this path has taken me in interesting and unexpected directions, such as now writing queer young adult fiction and doing better at it than I ever did with gay erotica.
But with those changes come further subsequent changes.
My time is precious to me. I have a ton of work to do and not a lot of time to do it in. I've been thinking of leaving The Grip for a while now, because the time I spend writing a post could be time spent doing other things -- and I find I rarely have the time to read the other posts and comment on them, so I often feel like I'm not pulling my weight around here.
I am very grateful to The Grip and Lisabet for bringing me into this community. I eagerly accepted the invitation in 2015 because I knew it would get me blogging (which was an important thing to do back in the day, though I'm not sure if it's as crucial anymore) and it would get me interacting with other erotic authors, which I'm always keen to do.
I'll be back once more on the 20th -- my promo day of the month -- to share my new Christmas young adult novella that will be published soon.
Thank you for having me.