goodbye to all that

Okay y’all, I have an announcement: I’m closing it’s all yoga, baby. As much as I love this blog, it’s time for me to shift my creative energy back to what I truly love doing: writing short fiction. An art form only slightly less obscure than blogging about yoga.

I explain it all in the above video. Please excuse the out-of-sync audio. And my stretched wide face.

It may seem incongruent to move from writing yoga journalism to short fiction, but I’ve actually been working on my writing “career” since I was 19 years old, when I published my first poem in a university arts journal. I’ve had the pleasure of working with many wonderful writing teachers, including Lorna Crozier, Greg Hollingshead, Daphne Marlatt and Diane Warren. I’ve published a few poems, stories and non-fiction in little-known Canadian magazines. Before I started working as editor of ascent, I had been enjoying a few years of fiction writing success, in which I published some stories, did a couple of residencies and was included in an anthology of emerging writers.

So it’s time to get back on track. I’m going to give myself a year to focus on my art and see what happens. I have a plan, I have some goals and I’m going to do my best to meet them. I won’t be posting on the blog, but I’ll be around and still part of the yoga community, commenting on yoga blogs and writing guest posts, etc. You can still find me on Twitter (@itsallyoga_baby) and Facebook (it’s all yoga, baby fanpage).

Bisous, mes amis! xo

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  1. I’ll miss this blog, although I wholeheartedly congratulate you for devoting yourself to your art. I really miss Ascent and when I stumbled upon your blog and realized you were an editor I had an “aha” moment – AH! that’s why I like this blog so much! She was a part of Ascent!

    I just stepped away from teaching to focus again on being a student…I suppose that’s a similar path.

    Have lots of fun, kick ass, and thank you for all your contributions past, present and future!

  2. Hey Roseanne, happy new year!
    Well, it’s a pity for the yoga blogosphere – if there is such a thing – but it’s great news for you. If that’s your true calling, then go for it, and good luck!
    If you need a readership… *waving*

    Hugs,

    Emmnuelle

  3. thank you for all you’ve given. hope writing is joyful!

  4. I’m incredibly happy for you, Roseanne, and wish you all the best…you’re an inspiration for everyone who wants to continue to evolve and live consciously…for those who have the luxury to figure out what the were born to do, and then simply do it 🙂 Well done, and massive hugs 🙂

  5. Best wishes Roseanne! I wish you much success in figuring it all out and finding some flowers along your path. Thank you for your words and video, I feel inspired and motivated by it as will many many others, so thank you for that. Happy 2011! Now, to just figure out why I was born… hmmmm…

    from a quiet follower, Ilaini

  6. so when do we see your new blog
    roseanne, burlesque and fiction called

    itsallfictionbaby.com ???

    • haha, gef, you know me so well! yep, i have a fiction blog project in the works (and there will probably end up being some burlesque and yoga in there, too). although i don’t have a name for it, yet. i did actually consider “it’s all fiction, baby” ~ but it doesn’t have quite the same resonance. pretty funny, though… 😉

  7. Hello!
    I wanted to let you know that you have a great blog and I have enjoyed reading your articles. I got hooked on about three months ago and it’s been great. I hope that your short fiction writing journey is fruitful!
    Best,
    Valerie

  8. You will be missed! (On the other hand, I highly enjoy short fiction, so I look forward to reading more of your work). 🙂

  9. Roseanne – my selfish reaction is “nooooooooo . . .” you are such an amazing yoga blogger! But of course I (ahem) know that I must get past my own desires and support what’s best for you! So wishing all the best – you are a gifted writer so I have no doubt that your time will be fruitful. Stay in touch! “Peace Out” (as my son likes to say) – Carol

  10. Ok, this is like that famous Orson Wells “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast right?:

    On Sunday, October 30, 1938, millions of radio listeners were shocked when radio news alerts announced the arrival of Martians. They panicked when they learned of the Martians’ ferocious and seemingly unstoppable attack on Earth. Many ran out of their homes screaming while others packed up their cars and fled.

    Though what the radio listeners heard was a portion of Orson Welles’ adaptation of the well-known book, War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells, many of the listeners believed what they heard on the radio was real.

    Bob W.
    Yoga Editor
    Elephant Journal

    • You see, if I were a film maker, I’d be working right now on a video of your very convincing speech above interspersed with scenes from the movie of people running “out of their homes screaming”.

      Can’t wait until tomorrow for your “It was all a big Orson Wellian joke”, and “here’s my Yoga blog for the day.” (Can you tell I’m having a little problem with acceptance here?)

      Bob

  11. Hi Roseanne, I hear you on the “what was I born to do” it is a powerful question… Glad to hear you are following your heart, kudos to you!!! A year is a good period… I must say… I have a feeling it is not the end… Could be just my projecting… But judging from the success of your blog I have to wonder if this might not be just one of the things you were born to, especially after reading you were the editor at ascent!!! Good luck, you are very cute in the video 🙂

  12. Like I’m telling myself this year, “never say never.”

    Your voice and provocative nature will be missed in this venue, but it will be delightful to follow your next venture. How exciting and how brave! Keep on keeping on…and keep us posted!
    xo

  13. Kudos to you for going on with your dreams, but serious boo hoo for me b/c I love your blog. Your contributions to our yoga community have been immense. Will miss the blog but send you so much love and hopes for success!

    xoxoxox

  14. Congratulations on going for your dream, Roseanne. I’d say I’ll miss you, but something tells me that we’ve not heard the last of you yet… peace:)

  15. Best of luck to you Roseanne. Even though I have kinda stepped away from the whole yoga blog world as of late (when I realized it was causing me more frustration that growth) I have always enjoyed checking in here now and then. It’s been fun watching the yoga related discussion trends from your perspective. Many happy hours of writing to you! Peace out girl!

  16. Good luck, Roseanne! I’ll miss you, too!! Blessings on your choices! I mean it… And at the same time it seems a little strange! There were times when it definitely seemed that you brought order to the yoga-blogiverse! Don’t go!

  17. I will definitely miss your yoga blog tons and tons but I am so inspired by your decision to pursue your passion. Congrats! I wish you all the best.

  18. Kudoz to you for following your hearts truest desires. Yea!

  19. Although very sad to see it’s all yoga, baby go, I am so happy for you Roseanne! Stay connected and let us know how you are. Wishing you the VERY BEST OF LUCK in your new adventure!

  20. Dear Roseanne, we will all miss your witty insights and clarifying dialog with your posts, but hopefully not your presence overall. I wish you every sucess with finding “your” writing – and I reallly know what you mean by that, too! xo

  21. Best of luck, Roseanne! You have been an inspiration!

    ~Birdie

  22. Having made that exact same decision a year ago, I can appreciate what you are doing. I always felt that yoga lead me to yoga satire that got the creative juices flowing enough to get me back to my painting. What I missed was the community of yogis who are the coolest people in the world which led me back to yoga blogging. It’s all a great circle and found that I can now balance both. Now if I can only figure out how to retire from my day job…:) Write your ass off Roseanne…best!

  23. Hey Roseanne, selfishly, I am mainly happy that I found this blog in time to have gotten to meet you in Montreal this past October! I have enjoyed all your posts, and truly it’s been your blog that has introduced me — for better or worse 🙂 — to the ‘blogosphere!’ Now I’m reading all sorts of cool things from people like Carol Horton and Bob Weisenberg, commenting on blogs and even writing my own because of YOU! That’s right, you’re to blame!

    Anyway, I do look forward to continuing to read your work. AND do please keep in touch. I’m looking at returning to Montreal later this year for some workshops, and I’d LOVE to see you again!

    May you be happy, and experience great joy in your journey!

    metta
    frank jude

  24. Nooooo! I will miss your voice of reason and wisdom in the yoga blogosphere. I’ve so enjoyed reading your blog over the last year. Yours was the first blog I became aware of when I started paying attention to this universe, so the standards for all others were set very high for me!

    I look forward to reading your short fiction.

    metta,
    Charlotte

  25. I have enjoyed your blog. Thank you for the time and energy you gave to the community. I support your writing career. I recently made some decisions about going in a different direction with my writing life as well, and listening to your video helped to affirm my choice. I wish you success.

  26. I’ll miss you! Absolute best of luck on your new endeavour! Don’t be a stranger. 🙂

  27. I wish you the best in your leap of creative faith! Go for it!

  28. It sounds to me like you are practicing the ultimate yoga
    — following your instincts as they point you towards what you
    love, the amritam, the nectar! I applaud you; I write poems myself,
    and have enjoyed reading your blog. Blogging is harder to do than I
    expected; I’ve started my own yoga blog called Thursdayyoga.com.
    Come over, and check it out if you’d like. Writing is hard; keep it
    up. Isn’t it just like yoga; the more you practice, the more
    rewarding things become? Light to you, Renee

  29. Good god…don’t visit some people’s blogs for a week and
    look what happens!!!! Seriously, you’ll be missed. Now that I think
    of it, I haven’t written any fiction in quite some time,
    either…

  30. NOOO!!! I am sad. So weird that i was WAY behind on catching this message.

    Sigh- I GUESS I should support your writing, but seriously Roseanne, I will miss your blog 🙁

    (ps- I will remind you when I’m in Montreal- THIS APRIL!! WEE)

    Lisa

  31. I was always a good girl in school and never/rarely late for class… and here I am running in when everyone’s long gone. (I’ve been on semi hiatus doing two books for Lonely Planet.)

    I’m surprised and also unsurprised by your announcement. Blogging can be a worthy endeavor and I know how much effort it takes to write a great post. But really blogging is a modern ‘sound bite’ of creativity that can distract us from other priorities, whatever they might be.

    I wish you all the luck, focus, and productivity this year.

    Now I’ll sign off and stop distracting you as a remnant of your old blogging life!

    Best,
    YogaSpy

  32. Exciting to hear that you are going to focus on the writing you are most passionate about. You have really contributed to this community and everyone appreciates your voice, insight and sharing of experiences. Maybe you can write a blog post on yoga quarterly?

    Have a wonderful new chapter and post links to your new adventures here so we can follow and support you.

    Warmly,
    Lyndi

  33. (Sorry to see that you are no longer blogging, as your blog was actually THE most popular Yoga blog here at Mattters. If you ever start this up again, please let us know!)

    It is a great personal pleasure to let you know that the several million visitors to Mattters over the last year have selected your blog as one of their favorite blogs of 2010 (in the top 10 on the Yoga channel).

    You can see your blog, along with the other contenders, on the Yoga channel at http://yoga.mattters.com.

    P.S. We made a cute little ‘2010 Blogs that Mattter’ award that you can pin up on your website if you like those sort of things (you can see it at http://yoga.mattters.com/awards).

    Oh, and if for some reason or another you ever think your blog should be on a different channel, or even multiple channels, or perhaps none at all, (or you just want to chat!) just send me a quick email at michael@mattters.com.

    All the best,
    -Mike
    Social Guy in Chief
    http://mattters.com
    Mattters – Follow Your Interests!

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