It seems the creatures of the desert go on hiatus about this time of year. Tortoises no longer tuck themselves into their shells, rather they seek to tuck themselves beneath granitic or volcanic boulders in preparation for the winter months. Tarantulas burrow down into existing mole holes. Rattlesnakes occupy deserted gopher and squirrel tunnels. Giant Sonoran desert toads dig deep into the soil and hide away until the next monsoon season.
So, with all the desert critter withdrawal going on around me, I figured it might be a good time for me to disappear as well. This is tough for me, but something I feel I need to do so that I can make additional progress on my novel. Yes, despite the withdrawal I will surely suffer from not being on Twitter or visiting my favorite blogs for two weeks – or blogging, myself – I must do this.
I must carve out uninterrupted Work-in-Progress time so that I can advance my 50K words, taking them to the finish line. What will two weeks bring me (provided no new freelance projects emerge)? I honestly don’t know. But it will definitely be a step or two closer to ‘done.’
Who Gives a Hoot? I know you could probably give two hoots about my writing routine, but by publicly announcing this goal, I feel accountable. Some of you may want to know if, at the end of my mini-writing sabbatical, I’ve produced the goods. Imagine my shame if I didn’t deliver.
Thank you to Amanda Hoving, whose post first planted the seed that it is, indeed, okay to step away – and to Patrick Ross, whose ‘unplugged’ blog post added more fuel to the fire. Julia Munroe Martin, Nina Badzin, Cynthia Roberston and Natalia Sylvester all posted thought-provoking blogs about the importance of prioritizing writing, blogging and social media – as well as just how much time we need to write well (click their names above to read their fabulous posts). And I cannot forget Stephanie Alexander, who once reminded me, “We are not professional bloggers or Tweeters. We are writers.” Lisa Killian also played a role in assuring me that the creative surge will be well worth the time away.
Note: If you see me on Twitter or responding to this post Mon., Oct. 31, I’m not cheating. My official first day of hiatus begins Tuesday, Nov. 1. Will get back to everyone after my sabbatical.