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Selfish Saturday: Camping Out

I haven’t used this slot for a very long time. Because reasons. (That is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.)

Normally, on this date, I would put here a notice that regular posting activity would be suspended for the month, while I prioritised another Camp NaNoWriMo project. Instead, I’m letting you lovely people who are used to dropping in to check my word counter that I’m sitting this session out. The first half of the month is swallowed up by Easter break, and I can’t write while the entire family is milling around. By the time school resumes, on the 18th, it will be too late to do anything. I have no problem with school holidays coming in towards the end of the month, as it happens every July, because I’m as likely as not to have already met my word goal by then (and if not, I’m close enough that delays don’t make much difference). I can manage Easter break eating up the first week of the month or so, although barely (last year was rather rough). But I don’t believe I can turn out a story in just 13 days.

So there will be no daily recipe, or DailyOM post, or story bit for the visitors. There will be occasional posts of the regularly scheduled variety, as family holiday time allows. But there will be no new Owl City Chronicle this time; that will have to wait for July, and I’m already planning.

Unless, of course, life on the home front winds me up so badly that I just have to plunge into writing, even at the tail end of the month (because punching people in the throat is frowned upon), regardless of completion chances. In which case, you’ll notice.

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Selfish Saturday: The Advantage of Absence

let-light-inIt was completely unplanned.

I was gearing up for the July session of Camp NaNoWriMo, assuming I would be just filling in daily slots with DailyOM snippets, as I usually do when I’m writing elsewhere, and return to business as usual in August. I didn’t expect that I would actually walk away from this place for a whole seven weeks.

See, business as usual was the problem here.

In nearly eight years, I’d never taken a break from posting, not for more than a few days at a time. I was long overdue for a sabbatical that I didn’t even know I needed. I didn’t plan it, but it happened, and it was right. I won’t apologise.

While I was away, I had fun writing yet another story in a series I’ve been working on for a couple of years now. It’s not publishable, for several reasons, but I don’t necessarily write for publication. Beyond that, I stayed mostly away from words, reading little, basically letting the clutter in my head sort itself out. It’s nowhere near done, but I’m saner than I’d been for a long time.

Some of my regular features here are coming close to running their course, and there will be more free slots soon. I may fill them with something, original or not, or I may not. I’m thinking of resurrecting another blog for original writing, that has lain dormant for years. I don’t know yet. The writing process is something necessary, but there is a charm in the blank page and the suspended moment, not to mention a need for them, that I’ve learned to appreciate.

Trust the first rains of autumn, exceptionally early, to bring the mojo back.

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 22,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Selfish Saturday: Closed for summer

backsoonAnother year of this self-created tradition: there will be no original waffling during August. Priorities have shifted towards family time, outdoor pursuits (as far as Great British Summer weather will allow) and reading the words of others without relaying them. There will be DailyOM snippets for those who bother to drop by, and before you know it, September will be here and regular activity will resume. Until then, enjoy!

Selfish Saturday: Going Camping

Camp-Participant-2015-Square-ButtonI’m not necessarily better, at least physically. In fact, the past week has seen the return (with a vengeance) of some pains that I thought I had dialled back. I guess I’ll just have to cope.

Still, my muse has come back from hibernation with a big project: a series of urban fantasy novels set in Athens. So hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s off to Camp I go again. I have two ideas so far, for the April and July sessions. Short drafts to start with, because half of the month is Easter break, which usually means little writing time, but I just might make it in time.

As a result, blogging will be restricted for the duration as well. I’m not going completely MIA, unlike in November, but there will be less to follow around. My Camp corner is where it will be at.


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