Back in the Saddle
I have been avoiding writing. A weird thing to have stumble onto the page, but it’s true. Now it’s not unusual for me to need some sort of a breather post-NaNoWriMo, but this “breathing period” was born out of more than a prolonged intensive writing session. Mediocre Google Analytics numbers, and the not-quite-so-persistent belief I was failing as a writer sparked this step away from Word documents and notebook pages.
I’m not being too hard on myself. There are things I have been failing to do, things such as keeping up with and guest-posting on other blogs, arranging for guest posts here (which would have helped greatly last month), writing and submitting pieces to contests or publications of some sort. It was (is?) a failure to keep pressing ahead and to connect and to do more. And rather than analyze myself into an abyss, I stepped away.
While I was away, I read more. I worked on organizing our bookshelves. I baked and cooked, prayed and tried to be still. I properly refueled and tried figure out/determine at least the next few steps. Because I’m a writer and as such, that means I’m going to be writing in some form or another (even when I think it doesn’t really count, because sometimes that thought still bubbles up).
I’m not sure yet if I will be resuming the thrice-weekly blog posts (I’m debating posting on Mondays and Fridays only), nor what the particular tone will be for things here. First and foremost, this blog has been a place where I can tinker and learn and grow as a writer. Plus, there is one fan fiction story in particular I must finish, and other fiction-y things I would enjoy being able to work on/work out. And with having an office job that isn’t always part-time, and other responsibilities, well – there are only so many hours in the day. And there are days when I fail to strike the proper balance and things topple over.
But I’m not quitting. I’ll keep tinkering with things here, keep writing in general, and keep doing my best to have a good, strong focus. To those reading this, thank you for journeying with me. I truly appreciate your support.