I knew this blog would take a hit when I started grad school this fall. Part of that is simply time management between work, freelance writing, schoolwork, and working on my memoir.

I’ve learned there’s such thing as a monogamous writer, and while I occasionally dabble with the occasional side project, there’s really only room in my heart for one word baby at a time. That current word baby is my memoir. It feels like the most important thing that I’ll ever do, and when I have time to write — I’m typically writing towards that.

The day after classes let out, I hit the road with the dogs and drove straight to Austin. I’ll spend almost two weeks here catching up with friends, and then I’ll fly to North Carolina to spend the holidays with my family, east coast friends and Eliot. He’ll be flying with me in the cabin, and I’m pretty nervous about it. In some ways he’s the best behaved dog there is, and in others he’s a sociopath. Cross your fingers for me!

I’m using this time away from my new California life as a general reset and attitude adjustment. I vastly underestimated how much the transition from working Austin professional to unemployed California grad student would effect me. Things are better now, but I spent about a month incredibly anxious, a month after that in a deep depression, and am just now starting to level out. Really trying to take advantage of this break and time away to come back in January with more positive attitude and renewed vigor.

That vigor applies to this blog as well. Truthfully, I’m not sure what I’m going to do here. It seems like something that I’ve had too long to toss aside. Occasionally I’ll write the beginnings of something on here that turns into a chapter in the book or a literary essay, so there’s value in blogging for me aside from general community and practice.

The nearly 1,100 posts I’ve written here over the past seven years have helped me cultivate my voice, learn how to express huge emotions with few words and follow through with narrative arcs in a small space. I wouldn’t have been able to get into grad school or write this book without the blog. But I hate how it’s sitting off to the side without a schedule, direction or really much attention.

So for now, this is a wish for happy holidays and hiatus announcement. I’m going to enjoy time with my friends in the next few weeks, attempt to bust ass at my new job at The Plaid Horse and continue the toil that’s writing a manuscript.

Know how much I appreciate the people that still read these erratic posts. Wishing everyone, their fur babies, and family the happiest of holidays.

13 COMMENTS

  1. I can’t blame you a bit, there aren’t enough hours in the day and spending a little extra time on self care, whatever that may be for you, will go a long way psychologically. If you want to meet up while you’re in this part of the world, let me know! Working in the edu sector means I’m off the 22nd-3rd without many plans!

  2. That’s the beauty of blogging though, regardless of if you feel its true or not you can set it down and pick it up as needed. Thanks to really reliable readers like Feedly, you’ll pop back up everytime you do post and I will happily devour each one (typically first! lol) Whether you are blogging or not, we’ll always be friends!

  3. So good to hear from you! I’m glad to hear that things are (slowly) starting to get better for you — change is ridiculously hard and what you’ve done is incredible. Whenever you feel down or out of sorts, just remember that what you’ve done — taken a leap of faith to follow your dreams — is so inspiring. You are the strongest person I “know” <3

    Happy holidays to you and yours!! (And safe travels!)

  4. Happy Holidays to you, too!

    I have traveled with my tiny dog in the cabin twice and he wasn’t a big fan. Mainly he doesn’t like the duffle bag with mesh sides that he is required to stay in throughout the flight. Hopefully Eliot is lucky enough to not have to be shoved in a tiny bag, but even still some drugs that makes him sleepy could potentially be of help.

    Safe travels and I will look forward to reading when you return.

  5. Haooy Holidays to you too. Being around familiar faces and family will help you ‘Reset’ and get your focus back. You have taken some big leaps in life and written about them here, for the rest of us to share the triumphs and sometimes not so triumphant moments. I’ll keep you in my blog list and when you get a chance to post, it’ll pop up. Take care and Safe Travels!

  6. Happy holidays! Your blog has always been, and will continue to be a favorite read, regardless of how often new things are posted.

    Wishing you all the best on your new job! So exciting!

  7. Happy Holidays to you too!

    When you get back, if you want to get together we can try to coax the more southerly bloggers to come north and meet in Riverside.

  8. Hope you had a great Holiday trip! You know we all love writing whatever and however often you do feel inspired to write something for us!

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