After much thought and consideration, I have decided to leave A Motley Vision for the foreseeable future. After this post, I have one more essay I want to write for the blog as my last entry, but first I wanted to clarify the reasons why I am leaving, so that there is no room for speculation. Chiefly, it is because the focus at A Motley Vision has recently narrowed and focused on Mormon literary theory. I think that is a very good thing. It brings a much tighter and disciplined experience to the readers of A Motley Vision. However, much of my work here in the past has consisted of looser reviews, personal perspectives, and other kinds of blogging that don’t fit into the new paradigm. Also, my interests in blogging are extending very much to the Mormon theological and historical fields, which obviously don’t have a place here either.
My work has always been more centered on a creative, rather than an academic style of writing, with a very personal perspective. Literary theory is something I find very interesting and like to dabble in, but it really has never been my focus, although I’m certainly pleased there are many talented people, including those here at AMV, who are doing that kind of excellent and much needed work.
It should be made clear that no one has asked me to leave. There has been no “drama” to speak of among the AMV members that has precipitated this. I’ve always felt very welcome and included here and consider the writers at AMV to be my friends. They have made clear that my account will remain open if I ever want to return and post (even if it is only sporadically), which I may take them up on someday. But, as it is for now, I’ll mainly be contributing to AMV as a reader and in the comments boxes. This is a community I very much value and I still would love to hang out in that capacity. But I feel that recent changes are not personally conducive to my style of work and it would be better for all involved for me to bow out.
For those who want to continue to follow my blogging exploits, I will still be posting my monthly contribution at the Association for Mormon Letters’ Dawning of a Brighter Day (mainly to get at least a Mormon Lit fix, albeit a less constant one); and my personal blog And My Soul Hungered. I have also been tentatively invited to another blog which may or may not be starting up soon, depending on whether its proprietor decides to go forward with it. That remains to be seen.
I would like to give my warm thank you to all of those who have engaged with me in this wonderful forum, have been patient with my flaws, and have shared with me their wonderful writing and thoughts. It’s been a pleasure and an honor to be invited and included, and I will continue to hold a place of fondness for this site and its contributors.
I should have my final essay up before too long. Until then, again, my most sincere and loving thank you.