With 16 essays out of the promised 21 completed, I’m quitting the animation series. My heart isn’t in it. It’s not what I want to be doing at this blog.
So I’ve been taking a little time off as I consider where I want to take 21 Essays in 2013. I think I have some good ideas.
From the start, I’ve pictured 21 Essays as a place where I could write in-depth on very focused topics—specific movies, books, poems, paintings, and music that mean a lot to me. Unfortunately, the format that I adopted for the animation series never allowed for that approach. I found myself writing a paragraph apiece on three animated shorts, when what I really wanted was to write a full essay series for each of them. That’s what this blog was supposed to be about.
Nevertheless, I think this has been a very good first year for 21 Essays. I loved creating the 15 essays on King Kong, the 12 essays on “In the Bleak Midwinter,” the 15 essays on Duck Dodgers, and the 6 essays on Blackmail. That’s the kind of work that I want to be doing.
So I’m going to be making some changes on this site, doing a little tinkering. I think I’ve got a blog that has promise… and I’m hoping that it will more consistently deliver on that promise in the coming year.
© 2012 Lee Price