So, about this hiatus thing... It ain't working out so well.
As far as ignoring this blog, it's going OK. But that wasn't the intent of the hiatus.
The plan was to take some time off work to focus on the big writing project. But things at work have not slowed down as much as I'd hoped.
I was planning to take the day off today to focus on writing, but I had to go in to wrap up some loose ends before the weekend. So I went in at 6:30, left at 10, went on a quick grocery run and then came home, made coffee and tried my hand at writing for about an hour. But it was slow going. Frustrating going. I'm stuck.
The first three chapters of Never Mind the Bibles are done. They're not perfect, but they are, in a sense, complete. They were complete before I launched the book-in-progress blog. Chapter 4 -- cleverly titled "The Beatonthebratitudes" -- has been in a state of incompleteness for months. It isn't ready for posting, and I don't know when it will be. I can't seem to find large enough blocks of time to finish writing it, let alone time to edit.
I took some time off on Wednesday as well, but instead of writing, I frittered it away on surfing political blogs about the election, then checking out eMusic for new offerings (Voxtrot's new EP is decent) and creating a podcast that I haven't yet loaded up at my podcast page.
Meanwhile, since I have no new material for Never Mind the Bibles, traffic there has dwindled to an average of 17 visits a day. Most visitors arrive by way of a few well-trafficked sites that have been kind enough to link up: Rockstar Mommy, Garagepunk.com (playing as I write this), Courtney, Dryvetyme, quakcery and a few others. Bless you, all. (Before Tesco pulled the plug [thankyouverymuch RIAA], his blog sent many visitors. And now that he's back, I'm sure a few more will find their way from his site to mine.) Many others of you out there have linked to NMTB. I thank you all. (But a special shout-out to Richard Hall, Shawna, Whisky Prajer, Danno and Michele aka Julie for going the extra mile in promoting the site and/or leaving thoughtful comments.)
But what's the point in visiting a site with stale content?
I don't want this to become yet another abandoned writing project on the trash heap on my own personal writing history. I want to give you fresh content. But I need some help. I need inspiration; quite a bit of quality writing, reading and editing time; and perhaps a spark of divine intervention. Speak, Muse! Or maybe just a kick in the butt and a dressing down for making excuses. (That reminds me: I have a sink full of dirty dishes to tend to.)
In the meantime, the hiatus of sorts shall continue. And when I've got some new material for Never Mind the Bibles, you'll be among the first to know.
Thanks, as always, for reading.
P.S. - If you've linked to NMTB (or this blog) and don't find yourself on my blogroll, please let me know and I'll return the favor.