Goodbye, Mr. Bacon.
The sassy strip of undercooked pork made his debut on The Artist’s Road in August, after he hijacked the summer vacation I was trying to enjoy with my family. This blog seemed a reasonable place for him to hang out, given the word “bacon” occurs here with sufficient frequency to justify its own category. In fact, a few months ago a commenter wrote this: “I really love your bacon blog, and that it occasionally touches on creativity! It’s a combo platter.”
Mr. Bacon has visited here on and off with some frequency, most recently last week. But Mr. Bacon has a traveling jones. Yes, I said I was fine with him going on a walkabout. But, to my surprise, it has saddened me to see him have his own adventures, often without a shout-out to where he came from. Perhaps this is how I will feel when my children leave home and forget to write.
J.D. Salinger went to court to block his character Holden Caulfield from appearing in another book. While Mr. Bacon as a toy came from Think Geek, Mr. Bacon as a blog character was created here. But it seems his spirit is too large to be contained. I don’t own him anymore. I wish him the best of luck as he continues to make appearances on other writers’ blogs, and I will enjoy reading those adventures. But I will not be breathing further life into him here. It’s time for me to move on to other voices, other characters, other stories.