Friday, 15 July 2005

on hiatus

I'm putting this blog on hiatus for a few months - until I finish writing my dissertation. I need to conserve and focus precious writing energies on getting that project done. A couple of days ago, I just sat down and said "right I'm writing 1000 words today", and it happened. It felt good. I want to be able to do this every day. And increasingly, the blog is interfering with my concentration. I think it's related to the way blog conversations go in cycles, and happen in real time, and one that's finishing overlaps with others that are beginning. Unfortunately, finishing a long writing project is entirely incompatible, for me at least, with always rethinking and revising. You'll realise from this that leaving off writing here also necessitates leaving off reading your blogs. I'm sorry about that, I'm going to miss you, very much. But I think I'll only be away for three or four months - people have been in comas longer than that - and when I come back I'll be free! free as a bird!

See you then.


Zoe said...


see you when you get back

jo(e) said...

So when you come back, we can throw a party to celebrate that the dissertation is done?

I look forward to that.

Get to work! We'll be waiting for you ....

Ampersand Duck said...

Born free, as free as the wind blows
As free as the grass grows
Born free to follow your heart

Live free and beauty surrounds you
The world still astounds you
Each time you look at a star

Stay free, where no walls divide you
You're free as the roaring tide
So there's no need to hide

Born free, and life is worth living
But only worth living
'cause you're born free

(Stay free, where no walls divide you)
You're free as the roaring tide
So there's no need to hide

Born free, and life is worth living
But only worth living
'cause you're born free


Susoz said...

Very best of luck with the writing - I hope you say all you want to say in the best possible way and look forward to your reading and writing return.

jacqueline said...

Good luck with your steely resolve! I have wet noodle resolve, so needless to say I am in awe. I don't remember how I wrote my own thesis, but it was only a pissy little Masters and in biochem to boot. Wrote itself, really.

(Not really.) (Unfortunately.)

Hope you will still be creating bags as a stress reliever!

Scrivener said...

Wow, you really do have steely reserve! I'll still be wishing you all kinds of positive, reinforcing, writing energy and waiting with baited breath for all the wonderful posts you'll be putting up once you come back.

Hooray for being free as a bird! I am looking forward to that party celebrating your diss's completion.

Phantom Scribbler said...

Good luck and godspeed! We'll miss you!

R H said...

Bye snookums, I think my blog reply career will be over by then.

genevieve said...

You've put your finger on an interesting problem - congratulations on having some real work to do! and good luck.
The best bloggers all take hols., you know. (One has even bought herself a typewriter.)

Anonymous said...

I pine for statchoos already..

- barista

Anonymous said...

Oh bugger. Like Zoe said. It's a lazy Sunday morning, too bright for my eyes, I decide to come off hiatus and check your blog and you're on hiatus ... with good reason, too.

SO, write like a demon, soar like a jetplane and (oh, complete this awkward analogy yourself, Laura).



cat lovr said...

I was wondring if you have someone to mind Baz while your gone. I could do it. She looks like my cat.

boynton said...

Good luck - you will be missed.
See you anon.

Ben.H said...

Damn, now I have to start updating my blog again so I have something to read.

R H said...

Thanks Laura for those statue posts, they were just so very good.
And I mean the text as well, the whole thing. First-rate.

Armaniac said...

Back you come, that's enough of this!

Kate said...

Good luck and come back soon, as I'd only just discovered your writing, and I'd like to read more.

Andrew said...

Sorry to hear. Good luck with the writing.

Jellyfish said...

Hey, good luck and all that, but I'm REALL SAD you're going, especially as it's happening just as I drag myself back to the computer, finally!

I realise I have neglected to ever add you to my blogroll. Sorry! There was nothing in it but absentmindness and the fact that using bloglines has made me lazy. Now I'm thinking perhaps I will add you with some ceremony when you return. Good times!

I will miss your blog and also your comments, Laura. All the best for the thesis home straight.

Karen said...

Hi and goodbye Laura,
I've only very recently added you to my blog links after visiting Melbourne - loved your statue photos. Best wishes with the concentrated writing - I'll keep an eye out for you in several months,

George said...

Good luck!

Clancy said...

I don't know if you'll see this comment, but best of luck!

Ampersand Duck said...

Just have to say you're missed.

M-m-m-m-m-m-m-Momo said...

You're still gone, Laura! Oh, I miss Baz.
Anyway, I'm back on blogger, live from London. I think the URL is attached.

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