Hiatus

Welcome to Wild Card Wednesday.  Today’s post is going to be a shortie.  I just wanted to let y’all know I’m taking a blog hiatus through the rest of the month.  I will see you all the first Wednesday of September.

What’s wrong, Catie?

Nothing is really wrong, per se.  I am just very, very busy.

  • I agreed to read–and critique–submissions for a short story anthology that will be released this fall by members of the W2GE Street team.
  • I am working hard, hard, hard on my fiction because I want to release a collection of short stories before the end of this year (holiday season) and want to release my first novel in 2013.  I also submitted a short story to the anthology I mentioned above.
  • I am doing some training with Cosmo that requires us to “practice” 2-3 times per week.  Working with Cosmo in this way has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done.  He’s very smart and cooperative.  But it also eats up a good chunk of time.
  • My family has had to make the heartbreaking decision to put Mamaw (my last living grandparent) in a nursing home.  For various reasons, she could no longer live alone, and none of us can physically handle her in our homes.  I am sad, and it is distracting.

I was juggling all this stuff–or, really, just keeping my head above water–until I went back to the pineywoods for a visit.  I didn’t even open my laptop during this weekend long visit.  Since I got home, I have been behind.  

Burnout

After reading Louise Behiel’s blog post on burnout, I realized what was happening to me.  When I have time to write, I have a hard time doing it.  And it’s probably because I’m reading burnout stage.

So, before I go on some weird rampage, I’m going to take a two-week break from the blog.  I hope I can get caught up during this two weeks and come back refreshed.  Some of the problem is me not managing my time very well, so I also plan to work on that.

I’ll leave you with a song I’ve been playing air guitar to instead of writing:

Rest in Peace

Layne Staley 1967-2002

Mike Starr 1966-2011

What a long strange trip it is…