Writing the Fistic Mystic blog for the last three years and five months (approximately) has been an experience alternately fun and agonizing. Lately it’s been more agonizing than fun. For reasons both personal and professional, I’ve made the decision to discontinue publication.
The personal reasons are simple – I have a wife, four kids, two jobs, and not enough time or energy for the creative process.
The professional reasons are more complex, but they boil down to this: I’m tired and discouraged and disillusioned with the small-minded people who think they can realize their big dreams by thinking small thoughts. These people are called promoters and matchmakers. I alluded to the difficulty of dealing with these people in a recent article, and more recent developments have crystalized my thoughts on the issue.
I wish all the best to Minnesota’s fighters, both amateur and professional. I have never had a confrontation with any fighter for any reason, and some of them are among the nicest, most well-balanced people I have ever met. I have only the highest regard for the officials (judges, referees, administrators, etc) who make it all possible. And as far as the promotions are concerned, I hope they all have just enough success to keep trying.
What’s next? I’ll finish a couple of in-progress articles – especially the long-gestating profile of Gary Eyer that should have been (would have been) published last night if not for a major blog-host snafu. Then I’ll turn out the lights and revert to being just a fan, which is good enough for anyone.
Thanks for reading.