It’s not that I don’t like it.
In fact it’s recharged me as a writer and given me new skills and approaches that I’d never have discovered otherwise.
It’s been a rush and pumping out over 6,000 pieces on CFN as we approach our fourth anniversary has in a way been a total Beatles in Hamburg experience for me.
I get asked how I ended up in Cornwall? How I ended up creating CFN? How I ended up here and now….the secret to how Cadbury gets the Caramel into their Caramilk bars…
I was chatting with my very first editor, Matthew Hays, and I challenged him to write about some of my hijinks. I suggested that he should write about them. He, being an editor, threw it back in my face that I should write about them. I, also being an editor, threw it back at him that I shouldn’t be writing about myself. He being Matthew Hays told me to get over it and get to work.
I being me did not; but I will answer a few questions as I say adieu.
I came to Cornwall because of a girl. A women; someone I’d marry. I know. Cornwall. And in the end I chose Cornwall over the girl. Yesterday I met another journalist who sort of is now in the same situation. What is it with Cornwall and girls?
I guess I’ve pushed back some of my creative writing these years in Cornwall. The break up and one particular muse really have unleashed some of it and frankly real writers write. You can’t stop them good or bad.
Saying that and with the encouragement of a dear friend whose faith in my talent has never seemed to waver I’ve agreed to write this TV thingy. TV is something I’ve never done and my poor agents at the Characters in Toronto who pushed me so hard to do it back then would probably be wagging their fingers at me now saying “I told you so.”
There’s a lot of crap on TV, but the medium has also allowed some amazing work to be done too.
So I’m off to write this pilot for a sitcom. It’s going to be a huge challenge. I’m not going back to the “biz”. I learned years ago that my work was good enough; but that the biz part of the biz is toxic and can be fatal.
Either that or I’m a big puss baby and just can’t hack it.
One day I’ll share the details of Bingo the Monkey Girl, sleazy Stuart Sender, and how my work ended up in the last Indiana Jones movie, and no it wasn’t my fault that movie blew chunks.
It’s been a total blast though. I mean how many people get to watch the gorgeous Diane Lane open an Oscar envelope with something they created as one of the noms?
I’ll enjoy my 5 days off. From Tuesday November 13th to Sunday November 18th, 2012 I’ll be missing from CFN. I won’t be on facebook either although our stories will appear on our page. We have some amazing guest writers that will be contributing some of their amazing work, and that’s what I’ve always wanted. To see talented people congregate and share their work with the world as freely as possible. As much solitude is needed to create great work; being part of a team or tribe and creating is where it’s at.
Thank you all for viewing CFN and making us far more successful than I’d ever hoped.
Good things can grow in Cornwall Ontario.
A special thanks to all of our sponsors and viewers who have stuck with CFN and helped to nurture all of the CFN family!