I have always told stories.
Mostly, I make them up for myself. When I was a small child, there were no other children in my neighborhood. I pretended that Mickey Mouse was my friend, and we went on adventures. Then, I got some actual friends and Mickey went by the wayside, but the habit of telling myself stories never stopped.
I was in high school before I began putting the stories on paper for others to read. They weren’t very good and most of them had no endings, but at least the stories were out of my head and on the page.
It wasn’t until I worked with two friends to put on a mental health fair that I decided to write humor. (Stick with me on this.)
We spent months planning a free workshop to help address mental health needs in our community. It was a huge success, and I’m very proud of the work we did. I thought for a time that it might be my life’s work, but after the workshop was over, I realized that it wasn’t my path.
I like to laugh, and I like to make other people laugh. Indeed, I know no better way to heal than through joy, and I wanted to spread some. My blog, “Door In Face,” was born the day following the mental health fair, and I knew humor was my niche.
Within 6 months, I turned it into the column you know today as “Life Face First.”
Given my history, it should have come as no surprise to me that my writing would again evolve, but it did. I realized recently that it’s time to conclude “Life Face First” and focus on another aspect of my writing.
Last year, I completed my novel, Dog Gone.
That is, I thought I’d completed it.
After some soul searching, I realized that it was lacking something. I’m currently doing a rewrite of it, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. However, I’m anxious to conclude it and move forward into this new chapter (pun intended) of my career. To do that, I need to free a little room in my schedule.
Somewhat suddenly I realized that it’s time for me to bring “Life Face First” to an end. I was surprised by this decision. I thought I’d continue writing it for many more years, but once I’d made the decision, I knew it was the right one.
The last issue of “Life Face First” will appear in next week’s issue.
There are so many who’ve supported me along the way. A lifetime of storytelling has not prepared me to express to you the appreciation I feel. Writing can be a tough and sometimes thankless industry. My supporters’ belief in me has sustained me through challenging times in my career, and I appreciate it so very much.
It is hard for me to leave this support and the friendships I’ve made, but as I knew that working in mental health was not the right path for me, I also know that being a novelist is the right path, and it’s in faith that I step out to follow that path wherever it leads me.
I hope you’ll continue to follow my writing wherever it leads me. You can do so at my website, NoraBlithe.com.
Nora Blithe is the author of the syndicated humor column “Life Face First.” Read her blog online at NoraBlithe.com.