Those who know me are aware I'm a sci-fi fan. While for years that meant I was mostly into comic books and "Star Wars," in the past year that has expanded to include British science fiction - which, of course, means "Doctor Who."
For those unfamiliar, "Doctor Who" is a long-running British television show about an alien who travels through time and space in a spaceship that looks like a 1960s police box. To achieve it's longevity, periodically the main character will die and be reborn, which started as a clever way of keeping the program going as actors came and went.
So, as not to belabor the point any longer (or bury the lead, as we call it in journalism), the reason I bring this up is because I'm regenerating in my own way, and leaving my post as the government reporter to take up an editor position with The Advertiser-Tribune.
A few weeks ago, Sunday Editor Abigail Kanellakis had a chance to move on to a new career, and after almost three years of covering government with the newspaper, I felt it was time to consider a change as well.
The past few years have been a whirlwind of activity, often more than I thought would have occurred at the paper I grew up with, but they have, if nothing else, been exciting. And while there have been some difficult subject matters, a lot of emotions and plenty of heartbreak, I look back at each event as an experience I was happy to take part in.
I would like to add that many of those positive experiences have been because of the people. Because there are far too many to name, I would like to thank those who have let me tell their stories, those who have taken the time to read my words and those who gave me feedback. It was a pleasure working with you and for you.
For now, my focus will be on getting accustomed to the new position, but I plan to continue writing with a blog at The A-T website, which can hopefully become a regular feature.
To extend the metaphor from earlier, regeneration is often a bittersweet experience, not only for the characters, but for fans and the actors themselves. And while I'm sure there may not be many who consider themselves "fans" of my work, personally this is a difficult move, but one I'm looking forward to. Because, just as in "Doctor Who," there are many new adventures to be had.