Saturday, June 4, 2011

Back in the Breach

I've been absent from the blogosphere for a while.  The reasons are many though most of them are more like excuses.  Things like my daughter's softball playoffs, the chaotic end of a school year, some days of good weather when I could actually work outside, an ill get my drift.  Excuses.

My daughter's team was eliminated from the state playoffs two days ago with a heartbreaking 3-1 loss to a very good team.  I still have three days of school but I have nearly all my paper work done.  Thanks to some help from my daughter, I'm getting caught up with the outside work.  The cat is still a problem. 

So no more excuses.  I'll be blogging 3-4 days a week again starting today.  Despite my excuses for being absent here, I know the real reason.  I was feeling down about my writing career.  I'm not entirely back on the upbeat trail now, but I'm not very good at quitting when things get rough.  It took me a few weeks to get over being angry about something and come up with a game plan to get my career traveling in the direction I want it to go.  More about the anger in a future blog.

I'll be around to visit my bloggy friends today and tomorrow.  I hope some of them will stop in here too.  Though I haven't been blogging lately, I have been working on my WIP and can see 'The End' approaching.  A few more weeks like this past week and I'll be ready to send it off to my favorite editor at NCP.

How long have you taken a break for blogging?  Did you have good reason or did you just need a break?


  1. Welcome back! i took a week off recently. The withdraws were not pretty....

  2. Hi, Susan. I know a little bit about being away from blogging as well. I'm trying to do a bit of catch up now.
    I began doing author events which have been wonderful, but this new phase has caused me to reevaluate just what I can and cannot do due to time restraints. I resigned from one of the other blogs because of this. Hopefully things will begin to settle down.
    Good luck to you with your writing.


  3. Hi, Susan--Who doesn't identify with that! My issue this week is that I put out four more queries...and that little chore took me hours and hours! Trouble formatting the e-mail submissions and problems with the printer, etc. All of which I would gladly put up with if only I weren't realistically expecting four more rejections for my efforts! I mean really...there's wasting time, and then there's wasting time! Nevertheless: "Never, never, never give up."--Winston Churchill

  4. Glad you're back! Time to get back into the groove. And I took last weekend off for a short vacation with my wife.

  5. I blogged every day for about two years, then I backed off. It started with a good reason - I was called for Federal jury duty. But even after that, I kept my posts to three times a week. I probably lost followers, but I gained time to write. I've thought about going back to every day, but I don't think I will.

  6. Welcome back!

    I've taken short breaks now and then; nothing more than a few days/a week, but I think we all need some time at some point to recuperate, away from blogging.

    Good luck with your WIP!

  7. Sorry your daughter's team was eliminated. Bummer.

    Hope you get back to that upbeat trail soon. I've got a question. Does your blogging feel more like a job? Or a hobby?

  8. Hello Ms Gourley, I'm very sorry to be posting this here but I couldn't find anywhere else to ask you unrelated questions so...
    I was wondering where your latest Futhark book (Beyond the Gate) is available for sale. I seem to have missed the boat when it was released in January and now I cannot find it anywhere, in ebook or paper format. If you could please direct me or let me know if the unavailability has something to do with the June 4th/11 post, that would be great! The first book is fantastic and I'm chomping at the bit to get my hands on the second... Thanks very much in advance for any help you can give me =)