A little over a year ago, I bowed out of Vine Leaves Literary Journal for various reasons—the most significant being a general lack of time. Despite my pride in the product Jessica and I had created, I worried that as my career shifted and evolved, I wouldn’t have the ability to fully commit to the Journal, and ultimately, to all of you.
The decision didn’t come lightly, and it was with a heavy heart that I drafted my farewell letter. Since that time, I have watched the magazine flourish— garnering much-deserved respect and accolades from the literary world. And after each incredible issue, my heart ached a little more in knowing what I’d left behind. I could never fully shake the feeling of emptiness that often comes with loss.
Fast forward to September 2014.
My career continues to evolve and shift. Deadlines pile up. Novel ideas consume me. The full time job still beckons, and new publishing contracts offer fresh stressors and the increased need for stronger coffee.
I promised myself I’d cut back, shed some of the “extras”—but in fact, quite the opposite has happened. I’m okay with that, because it’s who I am. I like to be busy. I enjoy taking on new challenges.
Life is short—and to make the best of it, you have to do things that make you happy.
Reading submissions from talented seasoned and aspiring writers makes me happy. Helping writers get published makes me happy. Offering feedback, sharing expertise, building relationships…makes me happy.
Vine Leaves makes me happy.
And so it’s with a much lighter heart and a wide smile that I say, “I’m back.” Jessica has built an incredible team of dedicated and talented people to help her run this growing Journal—and I am grateful for her generosity in allowing me to have “second thoughts” about leaving, and for welcoming me back.
I couldn’t be happier.
I look forward to your submissions and the future of Vine Leaves Literary Journal.