Who? I thought.
According to the email, the blog was closing so the organizers could give more time to their primary endeavor. Bloggers would be locked out as of today and their writing would be captive within the site's protective barriers. The message said we could feel free to copy and paste our writing but could not edit it, etc..and not to worry, the site will delete the content in the next two weeks.
Luckily, I usually write my posts using Microsoft Word before I post them. That isn't always the case now and it wasn't always the case then. I googled the site and my name and my past came rushing back. It has been almost three years since I've visited the site and my work there.
It's just been three years. When I last updated that site I was newly accepted into my Creative Writing PhD program. I wasn't sure what to expect but I was excited to begin. Three years later I'm a Creative Writing PhD Candidate. My novel is growing and my writing is taking me places I didn't know I could create. I've grown as a writer and developed as a person (or the other way around). In some ways I'm more honest with myself and with others. I'm more accepting of my flaws and more forgiving of others. I was inspired to rescue some of my writing before the site closes.
Not all of it. Some of the past writing will stay--as some things should do--in the past, a virtual Vegas.
It's been a great three years. Now here's some words from me in the past.