I’m retiring …General
When I was in elementary school I declared in my “what I want to be when I grow up” speech that no matter what I did, I was going to be retired by 30. Well, I turn 30 January 24. Granted, that was before I had any concept of bills and a bad economy, and that I was going to opt to be a writer as my profession. Now I know why the teacher laughed at me. But even though I have my dream job, I’m staying true to the promise I made with myself in my youth, and am retiring at 30 … from nightlife that is.
I have retired as a nightlife columnist for Creative Loafing, my column will no longer run in print every week … sniff, sniff 🙁 But I’m not going away for good (you can’t get rid of me, kinda like herpes but not quite as bad) Creative Loafing is giving me my own blog where I can write about what I am most passionate about … love – and lust. I’m even getting my own advice column titled, “The Blind Leading the Blind.” Besides, my ass is getting too old to be going out every night of the week. As fascinating as it is to watch wrinkles grow on your face, I need to slow down and actually grow up. Not to mention I have a Masters degree and am paid to party for a living. Besides, I pretty much clocked out when I went on the book tour. I am saying retiring because it sounds old, and well, turning 30 feels old to be the token party girl.
That … and I have to finish my book, and need to focus all my creative energy on it. I need to hurry up and get it done so it can be out in time for next football season. Or when the lock-out starts, whichever comes first. And so I can join Tucker Max on his 3rd book tour, but as an author rather than tour manager.
I just want to thank every promoter I’ve worked with for inviting me to their parties … and the bouncers for never kicking me out of them. I have been writing my nightlife column for 5 years (to the date with my first column running on my 25th birthday) – and I was never at a loss of new material, because Charlotte’s nightlife is so lively. But don’t get me wrong, I still intend to explore this nightlife mecca for which we live … just not as much. So I’ll still see you out, but this time when I do I won’t be carrying around pen and paper. I’ll actually likely be with a camera crew as I’m hosting a new show about nightlife, Nightlife TV for which my columns will come to life. Kinda like having your book made into a movie, but on a newspaper and local TV level.
So thank you Charlotte nightlife, for being such an important part of my life. And thanks to my readers for joining me out on the town – and for reading me and actually liking it! Hope you continue with me as I start this next chapter. Cheers!