For those of you who regularly visit my blog, perhaps you’ve noticed that I haven’t been posting as frequently. I will be back–and soon–but I’m taking the briefest of breaks from blogging. I’m not one of those people who can or wants to blog about my daily activities. Instead, I try to write about things that matter to me. So some of the essays I post here take a lot out of me.
More important, I think I’m feeling weary of all the social obligations on the internet–posting blogs, reading other people’s blogs, facebook, twitter, my space. AAAAAAHHHH. How do others keep up with it all? I don’t know. My enthusiasm comes only in short bursts and then disappears for weeks at a time.
I am writing a lot right now, though. I’m revising my novel about South Africa, AIDS, and witchcraft. I’m still working on my nonfiction memoir–explorations and journeys into the worlds of healers and healing in South Africa. I’ve been working on short essays about my childhood (one of which you may have read over on Rough Copy), a couple of short stories, and a ton of picture books. In fact, I’ve written seven or eight picture books in the last couple of months.
Meanwhile, I’m still teaching several writing classes each semester at two different community colleges. I’m keeping up the Fertile Source literary magazine, and have been publishing a new essay, short story, or poem every Monday for over a year. And Catalyst Book Press is churning away–two new books out in the last couple of months (Creating a Life: the Memoir of a Writer and Mom in the Making by Corbin Lewars and Knocked Up, Knocked Down: Postcards of Miscarriage and Other Misadventures from the Brink of Parenthood by Monica Murphy LeMoine). Since I am the publisher, editor, book designer, and marketer at Catalyst Book Press, it’s exhausting and time-consuming.
So I do apologize if you’ve been looking for another blog post and haven’t seen one this month. I’ll be back (said in my best Arnold Schwarzenegger voice).