by Robert Gregory Browne

“Good bye may seem forever. Farewell is like the end, but in my heart is the memory and there you will always be.” ~Walt Disney

I figure the above quote is only appropriate, because when I left Murderati a while ago, I left to the tune of the Mickey Mouse Club theme song.

When I look back over the last few years, I’m amazed at how much has changed since JT first asked me to blog for Murderati. The industry is now in turmoil, the transition from print to digital happening much faster than anyone anticipated. Publishers have dug in their heels and refused to offer better terms for midlist authors—in fact, the terms are much worse than before. I’m sure if I were still blogging for Murderati I’d be ranting about this, because more often than not my posts were a chance to get whatever was bugging me off my chest.

I admit I was surprised that Murderati survived without me. I was, after all, the heart and soul of this place and…

Okay, maybe not so much. Most of the time I was a guy in search of something to say, and I’m thankful that even when I posted nonsense, many of you came by to cheer me on and start a lively conversation in the comments.

I realize that this place has become a kind of after school playhouse for a lot of people and I know how sorely you will miss it now that the playhouse is being torn down. It’s a sad moment, but probably an inevitable one. Blogging is a time-consuming task and the authors who have remained are very busy people, indeed. I can’t blame them for deciding to move on. I did it myself. So thank you to all of the wonderful hard-working authors and readers who helped make Murderati the wonderful blog it is.

Now it’s time to say goodbye To all our company…


Hey, guys – this is Stephen here.  Just wanted to let you know that Pari will return next Monday, April 15, and then again on Monday, April 29, to finish out the month as well as the blog.  JT will be joining us on Friday, April 26, to give her farewell.  We’ll be having other past members of Murderati joining us all month, mostly on Tuesdays and weekends.  Tomorrow, Tess Gerritsen will have the floor.  Please come by and say hello!


10 thoughts on “ALOHA

  1. Reine

    It's true that blogging is a time-consuming task, and authors are busy people. I certainly don't blame anyone for moving on. But it is more than a playground. When writers are successful they don't need them as much, either. That's okay with me.

  2. Pari Noskin

    Rob, great to see you here again.
    I look forward to reading the contributions of many of our former 'Rati during the next few weeks. The flavors and voices shared here have been truly unique.

  3. Allison Davis

    Rob, it was great getting to know you and your work on Murderati. I'll hop onto everyone's facebook pages for now but my FB name is "Ann Abel" because, well, it's the lawyer thing. I want to keep that separate.

    And I enjoyed your rants….someone has to voice all of that, right?

  4. KDJames

    Good to hear your voice over here again, Rob. I've missed your rants — they were entertaining but also very educational. So grateful for that.

    I'm saving POE as a reward for finishing the current ms. Really looking forward to reading it. And the next one…

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