If you are a regular reader of this blog, I just wanted to let you know that I will be taking a short sabbatical for three weeks. I began blogging one year ago with the goal of writing each day for one year. Except for about 10 days when I was in Europe last Summer, I was able to do this. My goal was to make myself write each day something of substance. I've enjoyed it. And I have appreciated many of you who have encouraged me by your comments, on and offline.
I've found it a helpful discipline. At the same time, I realize that the immediacy of it makes it ill-suited for some writing that needs revision and development -- like a significant short story. Sometimes, my off-the-cuff mini-essays would benefit from revision, further development, or even abandonment as well. Reading a few of them now makes me grimace. That's the risk of such writing, thoughts that probably belong in a private journal until they are better developed and more carefully considered. Writers have the unfortunate tendency to believe whatever they've written is gold, particularly if they just wrote it. Not so! (Of course you know that.)
During this time I'd like to continue writing each day. There is a short story I need to finish. I also hope to evaluate the purpose of writing in this blog. If you have comments for me, I'm glad to listen. In some or fashion, I expect I'll be back on February 1st. Please come back!