Tuesday, July 20, 2010

HIATUS: no more scheduled blogging

It's come down to this.

I know, I know, I suck. First I blogged every day. Then I cut back to 3x/week. And now I'm going all "whenever the mood strikes me and I have time" on you. I'm sorry.

But as much as I love my internet friends, I have a couple things that have to take priority: my family, and my fiction. Right now, given my schedule, there IS NOT ENOUGH TIME for blogging as well. (Or maybe there is, but I'm not quite good enough at what I do to make it all happen. You know how it is.)

I realize that blogging less may mean I lose some of my readers, but... well, I'd like to eventually be paid for my writing. You see my concern.

Thanks for understanding.


One more blog post about Unruly Fiction.

Also, this week I am taking yet another intensive course at Grub Street, "From Revision to Submission" taught by James Scott. I've even taken a photo to go along with my first post for this course! Here's the summary:
Intended for the writer who needs a final push to submit their work, this class provides one last objective look to make certain that the writer is in the best possible position for publication. The first half of the class will be a revision workshop, focusing on the art of sanding down, smoothing out, and touching up the writing. The second half will help students discuss and find markets for their work. The last class will partially be devoted to assembling submissions and celebrating finished pieces.
I know, this is awesome, and I want to share it with you, but I have to actually revise my own work first. Hang in there.

Finally, on Friday I hope to post about What Form Rejection Means To Me for Le R's contest.

I'll be around as much as I can. Hang in there with me.


  1. Do what you gotta do, Carrie! don't worry about us.

  2. I've got you in my Google Reader, so whenever you come back, I'll know. Go focus!

  3. I understand where you're coming from. Blogging can be a tremendous time suck. I'm obsessed with finishing out a solid year of daily blogging and then at the end of Septmeber it will be time to reassess.

    Good luck to your and your efforts.

    Tossing It Out

  4. You're doing exactly what you need to do, and giving by example one of the best writing tips you can: Focus. Don't get distracted. Take care of yourself and your family and let everything else go.

    Mary Lee Settle put it this way: "I kept disappearing, by necessity. I knew that I would never get the vast amount of work in which I had been caught finished if I tried to live in what Yeats called 'the public bog.'”

    Yeats probably would've called the blogosphere the same thing. Only more difficult to get away from.

    So don't feel bad about it. You're simply asking for the best of yourself. And we'll still be here whenever you'd like to say hey.

  5. Go, you. Your family and writing should always be first.

  6. I hear ya sister! I'm lucky if I find time to blog once or twice a week. i wish there were more hours in the day, but so far that wish hasn't come true yet.

  7. I will never forgive you for abandoning your blog... Okay, I forgive you!

  8. I understand. My writing always comes first too. You do what you have to. Blogging will always be there.

  9. I feel you, girl. I'm cutting back a bit, too, and it's good.

  10. I shall begin resenting you... now!

    Okay I'm done with that. We understand you know. Real life takes priority. And anyway, if you feel like social media-izing, there's always the time suck that is Twitter. :)