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I’m sorry

Here’s a new post after a few month’s absence. And, from a certain point of view, worse than that as I’d promised to be back earlier. I’m sorry. That’s all I can say, and try to explain what’s going on.

For those still following my short story project the good news is that I will be publishing the last three stories in the coming weeks. I’ll dedicate a later post to analysing the project in more detail. But first, what’s been going on?

Well, all was going reasonably well. I even negotiated with my full-time job to take Fridays off in order to advance on my writing. I managed to keep to my objective of writing a story a week, with a couple of stories in reserve to cover rough patches. But then things got complicated. First of all, I took up a teaching job. That put paid to my Fridays. In fact, factoring in the preparation and the corrections, I pretty much lost most of my evenings.

Then, the Lovely One being pregnant with our second child, and the Wombat needing more and more time and attention, my energy level suddenly seemed to go negative.

In January I did start writing again, but I no longer had the time to type up the stories. Plus the fact that the first story I started back then had to be abandoned as it wasn’t going anywhere. Ironically the story was about a couple of travellers lost in the snow. And I got lost in the story. Come March, I had the current stories ready, but was just too tired to get things into form and online. I even stopped tweeting [and following my fellow tweeters].

Let’s just say that this was a form of over-extending oneself, of burnout, of general exhaustion.

Now, I’m taking some days off to be with the Lovely One in the days leading up to the birth, and look after the Wombat. This means I have a little more time, so, I have decided, I should finish things off, as they stand, while I still can.

So, from this week on, there will be new stories.

And, again, I’m sorry for my silence.

Posted: Monday, 26th April, 2010

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