Long overdue

h1 October 30th, 2009 by eisha

“So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good night!”Hi there. I’ve had something I needed to say to ya’ll for a while, so please bear with me for a bit.

I am officially resigning from 7-Imp, and henceforth this here blog is solely the property and responsibility of one Ms. Jules Kick-Ass Take-Names Danielson.

Really, I’m just stating the obvious here. For months, nay, years now I’ve barely contributed any content beyond the occasional Poetry Friday post and the weekly 7 Kicks. I’ve been doing a lot of soul-searching and priority-rethinking lately, and the fact is this: I’m in a very different place than I was three years ago when we started this endeavor. My current job doesn’t really lend itself to keeping up with the latest in children’s lit. And… I’m okay with that. I didn’t expect to land on the career path I’m taking now, but I LIKE it. And I don’t expect it to change any time soon.

My only regret is how much I’ll miss all of you guys. Jules, I know, will be my best friend forever and ever. And while I’ll miss having this shared adventure with her, I think we’ll still have plenty to talk about. But I will sorely miss this community of readers and bloggers and writers and such who I’ve come to think of as another family. So, I’ll try to keep in touch, reading your blogs and checking in with you on all our other online hangouts.

Thanks, everyone, for everything. Further up and further in!

38 comments to “Long overdue”

  1. Here’s wishing you a happy journey on the path life has given you!

  2. Hey, I’ll miss you. But I totally understand, and hope you give a shout out periodically on Facebook, etc. Your life and your poets and the things you do are pretty cool, kidlitosphere related or no. You’ll always be one of us.

  3. Best of luck. I appreciated being part of one of your “Poetry Fridays.” Thank you.

  4. I want to close my eyes and pretend I never read this post and it isn’t happening. But that wouldn’t be grown-up of me, now would it?

    Eisha, I’m thrilled that you love your new job so much and you’ve found a path that calls to you. It doesn’t surprise me a bit that you want to give it your all. Onward, Spartan Queen! To the walls! Just give us an update on your adventures in the far country occasionally, okay?

  5. We were gonna stage a fake-fight, y’all. Like, you know, THAT was the reason Eisha wasn’t blogging anymore. But we couldn’t figure out how to do it without actual and very offensive cursing. We could always launch a fake fight via Facebook, but that would be too easy.

    As I’ve already told Eisha, I wouldn’t have had the confidence to blog to begin with, if it hadn’t been for her. And I’ll miss her.

  6. Eisha! We’ll miss you. But how wonderful it is that you’re on an unexpected path and enjoying it!

  7. Eisha, good luck to you, and Jules, good luck to you, too! You’ve created something wonderful and it takes a lot of wisdom to know when that should change. Thank you for so many good words.

  8. Sigh. We’ll definitely miss you, Eisha. But life goes on and takes us where it will. Happy to hear you’re on a career path that’s fulfilling and exciting.

    Good luck, my McSweeney’s pimp. If you ever crave some cilantro, call me :).

  9. Sometimes I look at this blog world like colllege – people do it, enjoy it, and graduate to do other things. (Of course, there are those of us who continue for our Masters and PhD.) Good luck on your next journey and keep in touch.

  10. I have my fingers firmly stuck in my ears and am not listening. It’s how I react to bad. . .no, impossible news.


  11. I’m in the first stage right now….denial.


    You have helped create a blog that is such an incredible resource and an incredibly fun place to stop by. Either as an interviewee or as a silent observer of all the incredible interviews.

    You will be missed. And I give you nothing but my best for your future endeavors.

    Thank you for everything and I hope our paths cross at some point so that I can say ‘thank you’ in person!

    Keep on rockin’ in the free world,

  12. it seems impossible to not think of the seven imps as plural.

    being adult means understanding that people have lives that take them in different directions, and that these are good things in the long view, but sometimes i hate being an adult.

    i’m grateful our paths have crossed and look forward to the day they will cross again.

  13. Well, I’m with Sara and Jane on this one. I don’t want to play the part of the grownup here, so please allow me just one small tantrum and even a few tears over my computer.

    You can pretend all you want that you haven’t been here, but you have, even in spirit. We will miss you.

    I hope you continue to find satisfaction in your work and that it makes you happy. That’s really what it’s all about, isn’t it? Best of luck, my dear.

  14. Sigh. This has to be among the least poetic things I’ve ever read on a Poetry Friday. Or no, wait, I *do* know it’s a good thing on every level but one. It’s just dang: that one level sure feels important, y’know?

    Best of luck to you, Eisha, as you move on. I hope you’ll stop by and Kick every now and then; your accounts of your Cornell projects have always been a favorite of mine.

    Now I guess the rest of us will have to take up the slack and throw in a snark bomb every now and then. 🙂

  15. Eisha, I’ll miss you. But I wish you all the best in wherever this current journey takes you. And I hope you’ll stop by the seven kicks from time to time, so that we can hear how you’re doing. Best of luck with everything!

  16. Aw, thanks, you guys! And have no fear, I’ll still be lurking around here as a reader/commenter. I’m not, like, SHUNNING 7-Imp or anything.

    And see? Ya’ll are exactly why it’s been so hard for me to admit it was time to quit. I adore you, all of you.

  17. Now how will I find out about what new fun thing you did at the Ithaca Farmer’s Market that I should be jealous of, or what poet you’re reading? GAWD, it’s like I’m going to have to talk to you for realzies now or something.

    But seriously, good luck. You’ll be missed.

  18. Waaaaaaahhhhhhh! :o(

    Eisha, thank goodness we are friends on Facebook. Keep in touch! And please share your kicks with us as often as possible.

  19. In a world of reprints, you’re a first edition!

    Farewell and fare thee well!

  20. Eisha,
    I’m sorry to see you go, but thanks for helping Jules get this blog started. And best of luck in your next step!

  21. This has been and continues to be a wonderful blog, so you both should be extremely proud. I will miss your posts, Eisha, but I KNOW how very busy you are!! Jules, I learn so much from you, and I think you have added a lot of fun and happiness to my days! Thank you both for all of your sunshine.

  22. I love what Sam R. said. Eisha, I’ll miss you. We’ll all miss you.

  23. Awwwww, you. You’ll be missed… and I’m glad you won’t totally disappear! Best of luck in whatever’s next, Eisha. (And Jules… no pressure or anything, but we’ll all still be reading :-))

  24. Sounds like a graceful change, and we’ll look forward to you checking in with kicks once in a while. Maybe you’ll comment more when you feel less guilty about not posting much.

  25. Thanks again, everyone. You’re too sweet for words.

    And Jeremy, you may be right!

  26. I am glad that you are surrounded by good things at home and at work, but I will miss your presence here so very much. It won’t be the same without you, e. Please keep in touch via email.

  27. Eisha, I was just starting to get to know you, and now what? Sheesh. But I also wish you the best in all you do and hope that you will add your kicks as often as possible, and keep me laughing with your wicked sense of humor. Be happy.

  28. Why. oh why, I don’t want to believ I just read your good-bye, which I wondered if that was happening over the last month or so…I am so happy that you have found an exciting career path and so sad that you won’t be part o f this blog.
    Can you at least check in on Sundays? Share your kicks?
    Much happiness!

  29. Jeepers, look what happens when I go on a tour of the Central Library instead of checking my blogs.

    eisha, One thing I love about life is that there are always new adventures. I’m glad you’re having one, and, whatever, if I miss you, I’ll just stalk you over on Facebook or maybe drive down to visit you and Abe (which Tammy and I totally want to do–how long is that exhibit up, anyway?).

  30. Oh no! It won’t be the same without you!

    I’m so happy for you, though, that you’re in a place you didn’t imagine but it’s still great. Hurrah for interesting turns of fate!

  31. Good luck; you’ll be missed

  32. Eisha,

    Thankyouthankyouverymuch for all you’ve done.

    Rock on,
    Elvis Poultry (and Tammi)

  33. Eisha,

    Of course, we’ll all miss you. I do hope you’ll stop by 7-Imp every once in a while for a guest post. So glad I got to meet you in person a couple of years ago before you moved away from the Boston area.

    I’m glad you’re happy in your new career. I wish you all the best in the future. Good Luck!!!

  34. […] I’ll still be here, running my mouth, as Jama quickly noted in a comment. (Thanks, Jama!) Eisha is backing out—by choice, but I admit we entertained the notion of staging a fake fight (heh)—but I […]

  35. Oh, darnnitall, Eisha. I mean, not really because you’ve got to follow your path but you will be deeply missed. You and Jules have created something beautiful and meaningful and funny and smart and extrordinary here, and I hope you’re leaving feeling like it’s been a job well done…

    I’ll particularly miss your Poetry Friday posts because they often felt so in line with what I was thinking or posting or wanting to post. And also, your stories of holding famous ancient letters and such. Living vicariously through your work… Sigh…

    Carry on, Eisha…


  36. thank you, thank you!



  38. Man. I can’t believe this. I’m finally catching up on blog reading….and this. We will miss you Eisha. Wishing you all the best in your endeavors and I know we’ll be seeing you around, but still. You will be sorely missed. Now I have to visit Cornell so I can meet up with you.

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