Time for me to retire

Mountain - Photo by Nathan AndersonThe relapse continues. Combined with Brexit and Trump, my health has convinced me that it’s my time to retire as an author.

I’ve been too ill this entire year to write much or to participate in online activism, which is as much me as writing is. I’ll be 60 in January, and I want to curl up by the fire and live out the rest of my years in peace and quiet. The fact that I’m so peaceful about the notion tells me it’s probably okay.

A friend asked if I’ve written enough. I don’t know. But I think The Honesty of Tigers is the best book I’ve written, and that it’s unlikely I’ll write anything better. I’ve reached the summit of my ambition and will retire in the knowledge that I’ve done what I set out to do.

More significantly, under the near impossible weight of my chronic health condition, I don’t feel adequate to write anything that will matter in the context of the world events we’re facing this year and in the future.

I have four more titles to release in 2017, including the indie re-release of my novelsย A Flight of Thieves and Gifted, but I don’t imagine I will write anything new.

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24 Responses to Time for me to retire

  1. Lydia says:

    I’m sorry to hear that.

    Your health has to come first, though. I hope you enjoy your retirement and that you find something new that fits in with what your body is allowing you to do.

    In the meantime, good luck with your books that will be coming out next year. I look forward to hearing about them. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Donna says:

    Glad you’re at peace with your decision and happy with your achievements. I look forward to our continued correspondence, and reading The Honesty of Tigers in the near future.

    • David Bridger says:

      Thanks, Donna. I look forward to our continued correspondence too, and I hope you enjoy reading the book of my heart.

  3. Donna says:

    That was me, btw, with butterfingers on my phone.

  4. Erin says:

    You need to do what’s best for you.

    I’m sorry there won’t be more stories flowing from you, but I understand.


  5. Kate (boogie) says:

    I’ll try not to be sad, because you say you’re not sad, and because curling up by the fire actually sounds kind of wonderful, and might be just what you need.

    You’re right about THOT – it is certainly the best thing I’ve ever read from you, and up there with some of my favourite books from much better known authors.

    Enjoy your retirement. Blog if you can – it would be nice to know how you’re getting on.

    • David Bridger says:

      Thank you, Kate. And thanks again for your encouragement about The Honesty of Tigers.

      We’ll keep in touch. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. This made me cry, because I love you and your writing. But I am 100% supportive of whatever you need to do for you.

  7. Margaret says:

    The last time you started talking like this, I said the writing would determine if you could really stop. This time it sounds like you’re there. I’m sorry to hear it for selfish reasons because you know I love the stories you tell, but I understand completely. I wish you well with your retirement, but would still love to hear from you every once in a while :).

    As to the world, I have to believe this is the darkness before the light. People didn’t understand what it could be like, and now they won’t have the choice.

    • David Bridger says:

      Thank you, Margaret. Of course we will stay in touch! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Re the world, I agree with your assessment. Just don’t know about time scales.

  8. sheelagh corcoran says:

    I am glad you are at peace with retiring.

    ” of my sisters (Andrea and Claire – don’t know if you remember them?) have also retired – despite the fact that they are both younger than me.

    I would love to retire too, but sadly it’s not a financially viable option for me just yet.

    But you take care – and enjoy curling up by the fire x

    • David Bridger says:

      Thank you, Sheelagh. I do remember them. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’m already enjoying the fire, and hoping that my intended redistribution of usable energy will allow me to go to the cinema and eat out with the family. Maybe once a month instead of once or twice a year. Writing novels does drain me when I’m crawling along using single-figure units of remaining energy.

  9. Really sorry your health has deteriorated so much that you have needed to make this decision, David, but if you’re feeling at peace with it, then it is probably the right way forward. I shall miss your writing though!

  10. angel Graham says:

    Cries for me.

    I love your writing, but so understand that when your mind, body and heart say it’s time to relax, then it’s time to relax. Honesty of Tigers was/is a phenomenal book.

    Would love to see a movie made of it๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. I’m crushed but so understand. I think there is more hope than most of us realize. I continue to employ a positive energy in the world, thinking it will matter. Maybe it will. I don’t know. But I hug you and wish you health, peace and joy. May you enjoy all of them.

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