It’s Been My Vicarious Pleasure

(Bloggers Note: This is the second in a three-part series about why I’m taking a break from the blog. It’s pitiful I love the blog so much, I had to say goodbye in three parts. Oh, the humanity. While on break, I’ll be wrapping up the manuscript to my first non-fiction work, Light Wins.)

That’s me with the long socks and short shorts. Oh, we all look that way. I’m #34. Long ago in 1981 this team went 30-6, won a conference championship, and many coaches called us the best junior high team ever in the state of Arkansas.

A long time ago, I was a fair high-school athlete, especially on the basketball court.

Leave me undefended on the left wing from about 25 feet and there was a good chance the ball would find all net.

No matter the noise volume in the gym I could always hear two voices clearly – my coach and my dad. Dad was a big fan. It took me a few years to realize each Tuesday and Friday night, he was re-living his youth through me.

I now have the pleasure of doing the same. My 10-year old Sophie, is a strong swimmer. She’s competitive and hates to lose.

Sophie and me, checking the results of her 100m backstroke. Yes, I’m a vicarious Swim Dad.

Just this weekend, she and three other girls set a conference record in the 100m freestyle relay. There’s no greater thrill than watching Sophie power through the water. She’s my girl.

And while I’m a huge fan of Sophie’s swim team, I’m also a loyal follower to many of you in the blogosphere. I’ve seen several bloggers go to “rockstar” status in the last few months.

Each of you is movin’ on up to the east side, and it’s been my great thrill to watch.

Cristian Mihai – Launches his latest work, Jazz, tomorrow. I’m a fan of Cristian’s and he offers great insight into the world of writing and promotion. View his work at: http://wp.me/283PT

Truth and Cake – Rian rocked the wordpress world making Freshly Pressed twice in three months. If there were an award for blogging style, she might be number one. View her work at: http://wp.me/2h9ol

Catherine Howard recently published More Mousetrapped, her sequel to Mousetrapped. Aside from her books, Catherine may have the best information in the blogosphere when it comes to self publishing. View her work at: http://wp.me/K3Dz

Lesley Carter’s Bucket List Publications is approaching 6,000,000 hits. That’s SIX MILLION. She’s inspired people, including me, to live out their adventuresome dreams. View her work at: http://wp.me/1Mebw

And there are so many more who have given me inspiration through their work here on wordpress.

I want to thank you all for allowing me to live vicariously through you.

I don’t care if I get “rockstar” status, but it’s time to finish a work I started nine months ago. As I take break from the blog for this unknown quantity of time, I’ll continue to follow you guys and cheer you on in your victories.

You may view the first post in this series here: http://wp.me/p2bjEC-st and there’s a post today on my secondary blog at: http://wp.me/p2tJ80-4F

Maybe I’ll see you on the east side one day soon.

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