DSB: Thank You And Goodnight ^_^

October 10, 2010: Young, naive and clueless, I sat down at my desktop PC and wrote the daftest, most disjointed blog post ever. Not that it mattered much, because it was my first. I had no idea how to blog, what to talk about, or even if I had anything worth saying, but I knew I wanted to try it.

April 12, 2016: Less young, still a little naive, hopefully not as clueless, I sit at my second laptop and write a blog post probably as daft and disjointed as my first. But this is my last.

I, Leah Osbourne, Ileandra Young, Raven ShadowHawk am moving on and forward.

The last five and a half years have been an incredible experience, one I won’t forget any time soon. I’ve learned so much, but among the highlights are the following:

  • I’m terrible at headlines
  • People, for reasons unknown, find me funny
  • I talk a lot—all the time
  • I’m more organised than I think
  • I’m often too hard of myself
  • I’m more resilient and persistent than I give myself credit for
  • Bullet points are my friend 😉
  • I still have trouble reining in my excitement and keen, which often leads to embarrassing typos
  • I love, love, LOVE what I do

That last point, first and foremost, is something I want to thank you for. It’s all well and good ‘being a writer’ and publishing and ‘putting myself out there’ but there is little point in doing so (at least for me) if nobody is enjoying the stories I have to share. I don’t need to reach millions of readers. Not even thousands. Hell, hundreds might be nice, but not necessary to me (any more). The handful of people who have followed this blog from the start, those who have popped in as time progressed, you are the people I’ve been writing for all these years. And I love and treasure you all. Thank you for giving me someone to write to, someone to chat with, someone to be accountable to. Thank you for sharing your troubles, and triumphs with me. Thank you for your kind words. Thank you for your smilie emoticons, cheeky jokes, grammar nitpicking and quiet giggles.

Both Ileandra and Raven have rounded up where they will be going forward so I won’t do that again, but in terms of me as me?

honest gym bunny blog buttonI’m still blogging over on my fitness blog. It’s the base of a non-fiction idea I have, but mostly it’s a way for me to chat about some of things that get to me day by day. Exercise, weight management and mental health are super important to me and this is the little corner of the internet in which I talk about it.


joined up writing podcast bannerThe Joined Up Writing Podcast is still going strong (after a little break at the start of the year). Myself and Wayne are picking up with a new schedule of chatter and interviews and I hope you’ll join us over there.

The past five and a half years have been awesome. Here’s to another five and a half, when I’ll be even less young, naive and clueless. Maybe. 😉



About Da Shared Brain

I am the mind behind Ileandra Young and Raven ShadowHawk. They call me da shared brain (DSB) and I quite like it, so I thought I'd make my presence here known. You won't hear from me much, but enough to remind you that I'm here.
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2 Responses to DSB: Thank You And Goodnight ^_^

  1. Have enjoyed following your blog and sad to see the end. Life moves on…. Best of luck in your new ventures.


    • Thanks so much, Ruth!
      Also, do know that I’ll still be putting out posts, just not here. The links above direct you to what’s going on where, just depends if you like exercise, vampires or erotica! 😉


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