I’ve been blogging now for 3+ years. For the bulk of that time, I posted 4-5 days a week (in the beginning I posted every day), whether here or on my unschoolingnyc blog. If you’ve been reading what I write for that time – and if you have, thank you so much – you may have noticed a slight lull in the number of posts over the last few months. Three posts a week at best, and none while we’re traveling.
Part of me feels like a slacker and like I’m letting down those of you who read what I write. The most wonderful thing in the world for a writer is readers. Really.
The cause of the slowdown? Oh, you know, a lot of things I suppose. I overextended myself this Fall in the education realm, spending too many hours debating people on line or offering assistance in many directions. Also, wanting to spend more actual time hanging out with my kids rather than simply writing about hanging out with my kids. Along those lines and contributing to the lack of steady posts, this Fall we’ve had more TV shows that we all want to watch than I can ever remember. I’ve become totally hooked on Sleepy Hollow, due mostly to the clever entwining of actual history with the storyline of the show. (For instance, the Boston Tea Part was just a diversion to allow Crane – Ichabod Crane – and a few of his colleagues to acquire a vital artifact in the parallel battle General Washington was waging against otherworldly evil forces. Genius!)
And then there are other things getting in the way. Like making scarves from old T-shirts, knitting beanies, writing fiction and getting through this damn copywriting course I’m taking because, you know… income.
Topping it all off, this Fall I’ve had a real craving for some good romantic movies – think The English Patient, Atonement, Dr. Zhivago or Dreaming of Joseph Lees – which honestly have been in short supply over the past couple of years. The Twilight Saga doesn’t count. As a result of this craving, I find myself, on non-TV evenings, with my laptop in front of me and headphones on, scrolling through Netflix and re-watching BBC productions like “North & South”.
See, that slacker label is looking a lot more accurate, isn’t it?
All I want to do is kick back and get lost in a good story, whether it’s one I’m attempting to write or one I’m watching on TV or in a movie. And when I’m not doing that I want to be hanging with my family, seeing friends or sewing. Or making progress toward a goal that will create a bit of disposable income.
So if you don’t see me here for a few days, picture me at my sewing machine, or lounging with my kids, or honing some different writing skills.
And than, after a day or two, I’ll be back.