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   Coupeville Sports is changing, but the mission remains the same — to tell stories about prairie athletes. (David Stern photo)

Less USA Today and more Sports Illustrated.

After six years of writing my blog, running it in 24-7-365 mode, I’m changing things up.

I want to step back from cranking out 3-5 articles a day, every day, and approach things in a new way.

I’m shutting down Coupeville Sports after this article.

After three days of allowing readers to vent, my Twitter and Facebook accounts vanish June 1.

I’m not deleting the blog, just not adding any more stories.

All 6,200 articles will still be here and can be accessed at any time.

This is not the end, though.

Instead of a daily crush of game stories, stats, photo essays, half-assed instant analysis, injury updates and driving people batty as I harass them for scoops on hirings and the like, I want to step back and take the long view.

After taking the summer off, to spend time with my nephews and help my sister start her farm, I’ll return to cover Coupeville High School sports during the 2018-2019 school year.

But, instead of blogging, I’ll be working on a book, tentatively titled “A Year on the Prairie.”

Unlike my previous two books, “Memoirs of an Idiot” and “Bow Down to Cow Town,” which were collections of essays and columns (and can be found on Amazon and in Sno-Isle libraries, nudge, nudge), this will be a traditional book.

Freed from focusing on wins, losses and who scored, freed from spending hours mind-numblingly transcribing stats, freed from all the side stuff, I can go deeper.

To tell stories about what happens behind the scenes and in the smaller moments of a season, to focus more on the experience of small town sports instead of just the result.

Doing this will change how and when I write, something I have wanted to address since my nephews moved to Whidbey this spring.

This coming school year could, and should, be a pivotal moment in CHS sports history.

A new league beckons, and, with the change, a return of old rivals and the debate between public and private schools playing on the same field.

The football program is about to hire its fifth coach in nine years, cross country returns after a two-decade absence and volleyball continues to grow at an amazing rate under a young, charismatic coach.

Several athletes at CHS are chasing career records and hoping to land college gigs as their prep careers wind down.

Beyond that, there are questions I have always had, and would now have time to pursue in greater depth.

What is life really like for an athletic director?

What do soccer fans find so enticing about a sport which drives me batty?

What drives track moms, the most die-hard of fans, to travel hundreds of miles to watch their child compete for 10 seconds?

That just the tip of the iceberg, and every sports year offers its own surprises and unexpected story-lines.

Freed from having to pound out stories on a daily basis, I will be able to travel to more road games, to track down stars of the past, to reflect on the history of sports in Coupeville.

To tell a more complete story, to craft an epic tale instead of just pounding out small chapters and then immediately moving on to the next “breaking news” nugget.

After six years and 6,200 articles, it’s time to take my reporting and writing in a different direction.

Hopefully you, my readers, will be waiting for me at the end of my detour. And not with pitchforks…

 

A message for my supporters:

I have lived, survived, and generally thrived, thanks to my readers.

Whether you bought an ad, purchased a book, or donated to the cause, you made it possible for me to keep blogging.

For those who want to continue to help keep my fingers typing as we move from blog to book, it is greatly appreciated.

The PayPal link at the top of the blog remains fully functional, my mailing address is 165 N. Sherman, Coupeville, WA 98239, my email is davidsvien@hotmail.com and you can find me at pretty much every home game.

The style may change, but the mission remains the same.

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   Just one of the countless quality books you can find through your local Sno-Isle library.

I have spent a considerable chunk of my life in libraries.

Growing up in Kelso, my mom was a children’s librarian at the two-story den of books which sat nestled next to the post office, back in a time when books, and not computers, dominated the scene.

Both myself and my sister got our library cards at the earliest age possible, and we grew up emulating my mom, who almost always could be found with her nose in a book.

My dad was a window washer/carpet cleaner, and the one job he had which brought joy to my heart came over the holidays, when the library would shut down, and he would clean the joint from top to bottom.

He brought all of us along, and we got to run wild (relatively speaking) in our own personal library for two or three days.

No one to compete with us for copies of Mad Magazine or Sports Illustrated.

A chance to eat our meals in the librarian’s own personal kitchen, otherwise off limits to the public, staring out the window at 2 AM onto empty streets, except for the rare raccoon which wandered by as a train whistle sounded mournfully in the distance.

While I don’t have a similar free run in any libraries these days, I still use them, especially the Coupeville one, which sits a mile from my house, on a regular basis.

And, not to brag (well, maybe a little bit), copies of my books, “Memoirs of an Idiot” and “Bow Down to Cow Town,” are available through the Sno-Isle library system.

I believe my sister is sitting at like 47 books currently published and available in libraries, so probably shouldn’t toot my own slow-moving horn too much…

Both our parents had passed before our various books were published, but I know they would be pleased that their children added to the library system.

Though they might question whether some day I couldn’t, maybe, write about something a little more reputable.

Anyways.

This is a long way to getting around to throwing my support behind the ongoing levy push by the Sno-Isle Library systems.

And supporting the levy (ballots are due by Apr. 24), which would add a nine-cent increase to the current library operations levy (putting the total rate at 47 cents per $1,000 assessed property value), is the right thing to do.

There are no negative here, only positives.

If you vote YES, you help to:

**Maintain library staffing

**Purchase library materials

**Maintain Bookmobile service for children and seniors

**Help prepare preschoolers and students with early childhood development resources, homework help and after-school STEM classes for K-12 students

Voting no would make it much more difficult for our regional library system to continue the fine work being done, at the level it’s currently being done.

Libraries are the lifeblood of our communities, both here in Coupeville and in every town. Stand with them.

But, certainly, look deeper and see what the library system has to say for itself.

For more info, you can call Jim Hills, Sno-Isle’s Public Information Manager, at 360-651-7050 or pop over to https://www.sno-isle.org/funding/levy.

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