I suppose it's not particularly unexpected, but I'd like to more officially announce that I'm retiring from ponies. It's been a long time since I've had the opportunity or inclination to write ponyfic, and I don't particularly expect either of those things to change in the future. My enthusiasm has waned for the show, and this isn't a sudden or new change. For quite some time, the only thing really keeping me going was this site, and the supportive culture here.
And along those lines, I would like to thank so very, very many of you who have helped me along the way... The writers who have delighted and inspired me with their work, the editors who have helped hone my skills into something I'm proud of, and the readers--each and every one of you who have read any story of mine and left a thumbs up, or a comment, or even a criticism. You mean a tremendous amount to me, and to each and every other author on the site, even if I'm naturally somewhat reserved and uncomfortable in expressing that on a regular basis. I also must make special mention of the Writeoff group, as I found my experiences there to be invaluable and tremendously enjoyable. I recommend any aspiring author to try and connect to that great community.
There's some bittersweetness to finally closing up shop, but I don't think this is truly a sad thing. My time here has given me a new-found appreciation for writing, and I hope to be able to explore that more in the future, perhaps in more original settings. There are lots of people here I'd like to stay in touch with, many of whom I already have shared contact information with through Skype. If you're someone I know and would also like to exchange information, feel free to send me a PM on the site. I still get notifications from those directly to my email.
As somewhat of a going away present, I've combed through my googledocs and compiled my remaining unpublished and unfinished work to be released in Spark Notes. There's likely some good reasons why it never made it onto this site until now, but I figured there's still material of interest. If for some peculiar reason someone wishes to continue any of my unfinished work, send me a PM and we can discuss it in more detail.
So once again, thank you. I never imagined I could write some of the stories I have, and I'm intensely proud of my better work. I've enjoyed other stories that have truly amazed me and still stand head and shoulders above the majority of published work I've read. I've made friends here that are near and dear to my heart and who I regularly rely upon. I don't write this post to be dramatic or to seek goodbyes... I just want you--any of you who care enough to take the time to read these words--to know that you are important and wonderful to me, and that I cannot truly express the depth of my appreciation.
Ponies have been very, very good to me, and for the rest of you still exploring this fascinating universe, I wish you the best of luck and the happiest of trails.