I just wanted to apologize for my extended hiatus, offer you an explanation, and let you know what’s happening.
Good news is, the business and distractions are good ones. I found out a local high school needed a Spanish teacher RIGHT before the school year started, and landed the job. I am very blessed to have found work that (given me and my interests) is personally meaningful and that is allowing me to use my degrees. When I left grad school without my doctorate and knew my plans to be a professor would not come to be (of my choosing, of course), it was terrifying; I won’t lie. I had no idea what God had planned for me. I only knew I had to get out of a toxic professional atmosphere before it destroyed my heart and soul. So I did.
And the first couple of years were ROUGH. Fruitless job searches. Underemployment at a café/ restaurant and as a receptionist at a vet where I made $10 an hour. So, I am very blessed to have and thrilled at this new opportunity, and I love the job and the students.
The bad news is, if you’ve ever been a first year teacher (I’ve taught college but not high school), you know how demanding the load is. I have multiple courses to plan and run, and it’s kind of a Herculean (though a wonderful) task. I’m working hours a day after students go home just to keep afloat. That doesn’t leave much time for anything else: including writing fiction or blogging.
I’ve had to put my plans for a Herezoth prequel on hold. I have no idea when I will pick that back up, but hopefully at some point soon! My plans to release revised editions of the trilogy this Fall have also fallen through. I haven’t been able even to think about writing since August. (It’s kind of killing me inside, I won’t lie. I’m going, after Halloween, to try to start setting aside daily time to write in the evening, perhaps, if I can only get myself not to feel guilty about it or too anxious about all the other stuff going on in my life to be able to concentrate on writing…. The joys of being an INFJ, let me tell you….)
So I WILL keep you posted and I will start posting weekly updates. Soon, if I am able to set aside time to think of blog post ideas like I used to write, I want to get the blog back to how it used to be: posts about the writing process and theory.
I’ve also taken down “Writing for You,” because of some concerns I had. Eventually I may try to get a new edition of that up as well.
Since my hiatus began I see you guys have kept coming back and checking in. I can’t say how much that means to me, and I’m sorry I haven’t been able to find the time to stop in here and visit your sites or even post anything. When I say my life has been a whirlwind and I have been learning of strict necessity how to take things day by day (which has never, ever been easy for me, big bouncing ball of anxiety fun that I am), I am not exaggerating. It’s been that kind of nuts. But a wonderful nuts all the same.
Thanks for everything, guys. I miss y’all!