I suppose apologies are in order, first of all, for disappearing off the face of the Internet. For those who follow me on Facebook, you know that I haven’t completely vanished or anything, but it’s been a disservice to those of you who care about my whereabouts and only have access to this blog and/or Twitter. So: everything is fine! I’m alive!
Let’s get the obvious stuff out of the way.
CSHS has been a bit of a trial. To be frank, submissions have not come in as regularly as we’d hoped, and neither Tessa nor I had capacity to do things like promote and market it, to try and drum up some interest. (For those of you that have showed interest and support, thank you.) But on top of that, something I’ve been keeping under my hat for a little while — which is now public, so I can talk about it — is that I’ll be taking over the editorship of Assaracus starting on 1 September, not to mention going back to school a bit. So, that’s been on my mind. The result of all this is that Tessa will be taking the reins of CSHS from here on out, and I will be in a support role as needed; details to follow, but probably on the CSHS blog, and from Tessa.
That’s the past. At present, I’ve just started my two-week residency at the Vermont Studio Center, which means life has slowed down enough that I can get things done, such as this blog post. This summer has seen a lot of motion under the influence of Various Forces; stillness is a welcome reprieve. It occurred to me that it’s been almost two years since I even submitted anything for publication, and most of that time has been spent developing my craft, workshopping, making more connections in the writerly world, hell, even just reading more. Dream goal: to leave here in two weeks with a manuscript draft in hand. Barring that, I’ll settle for getting more into a rhythm of getting work out into the world more again.
Maybe that sounds self-serving… but I think that lately I’ve felt my writing disappearing into a vacuum. I don’t write for any greater purpose — certainly not at my day job — and the extra stuff, the blog, the journal, etc. is all done without any benefit other than the strengthening of bonds with others out there who write too. My day job pays rent and loans, engages my mind, connects me with coworkers, and feeds me lunch; there’s little tangible result to my writing these days. I want to try to make my writing more valuable to myself again; it’s not that I need some kind of adulation or reward for getting my thoughts out onto the page, but there’s only so many hours in the day, and when I’m forced to choose, the adult-busywork stuff has a lot going for it nowadays, which is bizarre. Balance is needed!
In the interest of going “pro” with all this, I’m going to be shuttering this blog for a bit. Not forever; and hopefully not even three and a half months, which is how long it’s been since I posted on here. But I’m leaning towards building a “writer page” website, and keeping the majority of my public-facing stuff on it (as well as developing more public-facing stuff to even put on there). This blog may go private, and be more for very rough drafts (as it is now), random goings-on in my life that I don’t feel like sharing with the whole world, and other sundries. I may return to doing prompts and revisions, and keep those public. But anyway, details to follow.
Those are the main bits. I won’t be worrying too much about all this until I’m back from the residency, unless I get really bored and block-y one of the days. But I’ve been telling Tessa for days now that I’m going to make this post, so I forced myself to buckle down and write it.
As a side note, what the hell is up with this new WordPress post format? Yeesh. I’m searching around for tags and things, and it’s like re-learning how to tie your shoes.