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A Temporary Abatement

August 19, 2010

I mentioned that the summer has come to an end and that for the next couple weeks I’m actually free of class.  I also said I didn’t know how this would affect the ongoing, intermittent “hiatus” I’ve been on most of the summer: whether I’d be going back to daily posts or not.  After thinking about this for the past couple days, I believe I’m actually going to have to intensify my so-called “hiatus”.

It’s not that I need a break from the blog, or even want a break from the blog.  I truly enjoy putting up stuff for people to read, and I find it a necessary release for my creative energies when I don’t have enough time to put into actual story writing.  But even though I’m not in class or studying in the evenings, there are other considerations I need to be making, right now, on how I use my time.  Chief among which is the fact that over the past couple years (and over the next nine months) I will have accumulated quite a lot of debt related to obtaining my MBA.  Not as much debt as our mortgage, but with a higher interest rate.  During this next school year, I’m going to need to justify, for myself and for my family, that debt.  Which means, more or less, doing something positive with my career that I couldn’t have done without the piece of paper I will be handed in roughly nine months’ time.  And I have to find a way to make that pay the bills, so to speak.

Concomitant with that goal, I need to spend a little more of my free time focusing on this particular aspect of my future, and a little less on the blog.

I’ll still be posting here on a weekly basis, but I expect I’ll be down to one or two posts per week, instead of three to five.  On the temporary chopping block will be my weekly “Writing Quotes” feature – meaning Sundays will go dark.  I probably also won’t be doing many stories on Fridays.  I plan to keep doing Weekend Assignments, so I should have a post at least every Tuesday.  But beyond that, I’m not planning on doing much.

This downturn will probably continue at least until the end of September.  In the meantime, I’ll also be working in the background to slowly build up a buffer of new posts so that when I return from this “abatement” I can keep up the posting schedule while still on light-duty.

As the new Fall semester gets started, I may need to revisit this.  In the meantime, it saddens me greatly to be cutting my posts back so drastically.  But when I come back full-force, it’ll be ever-so-sweet – at least for me.

Until then, keep writing, my friends!  I’ll see you here on Tuesday.

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. August 19, 2010 1:34 pm

    Good luck with everything, and thanks for participating with the Author Aerobics from the start. You know we’re almost up to 15 weeks worth of stories?? That’s a lot of writing!

    • August 19, 2010 1:38 pm

      That is a lot of writing. And I’ll be picking up with the Aerobics again after I get through this temporary slump, assuming you’re still doing them by then! I still look forward to everyone else’s stories each week.

      • August 19, 2010 2:46 pm

        I may take a break while my serial story is running. I’m not sure yet if I can handle both at once. Work’s been really busy too so my posting/tweeting has also been lagging lately.

      • August 19, 2010 3:03 pm

        Sadly, as is obvious, I know that feeling all too well. Good luck with the serial and everything else.

  2. August 20, 2010 1:37 am

    You’ve got to do what makes sense. I think you can still do a lot with one or two posts a week. Good luck!

    • August 20, 2010 10:41 am

      I’ll definitely do what I can… I frankly need my sanity release, but I’ve got to put my priorities where they’re needed.

  3. Harry Markov permalink
    August 20, 2010 2:08 am

    Hey, good luck with justifying the debt. I keep trying to justify to my family that what I do is actually not harmful for the family, so I understand the issues you have and the need to step up.

    • August 20, 2010 10:43 am

      Unfortunately, in this economic climate, it’s harder to justify that debt than it normally would be.

  4. Lua permalink
    August 20, 2010 2:09 am

    Good luck with everything Stephen- life is all about prioritizing and your blog is always here when you have the time to post… 🙂

  5. August 20, 2010 8:47 pm

    Good luck! We’ll miss the frequency, but sometimes people just need to focus on themselves and weed out things to give them more time in their lives. We’re rooting for you!

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