Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Here's the Deal

On one hand, this lull has been great. I've enjoyed the break, the freedom from regular posts.

On the other, it's been pitiful, as I've dealt with a case of severe strep throat much of the time I've been away. And I've missed everyone!

But I've been doing a lot of thinking in the down time, and have come to the decision that I need a longer hiatus from Something She Wrote. It's important for me to pull myself away.

Right now, for me, it needs to be less about connecting, less about sharing my thoughts, and more about the craft. More about doing and working and honing. As much as I'll miss everyone, I have to disconnect and throw myself into my work. Try that whole solitary thing out.

For my long-time followers - this isn't the end. I'll be back, so don't give up on me! Please, don't give up on me.

For new followers and anyone just stopping by - I hope this won't turn you off. Feel free to look around, check my archives. I'm confident you'll find something worthwhile.



I wish everyone the best, and hope you understand my doing this. I don't know what kind of time frame to give you, but it won't be forever. I just have to get my writing on course. And right now, I have to draw it out of myself, by myself.

Love and blessings,
Janna

41 comments:

Sharla said...

Totally understand, Janna! I've backed off quite a bit on blogging myself, and I wish I could say it was to write more...(looks down in shame) but I can't say that. But we have to live real life and try to do this "writing thing" and there's only so much to go around!! I wrote my first book with no internet and was so productive! I don't have alot of discipline, I guess! See you on Facebook, girl. Because I know you'll be there. :) And so will I!

Kathy said...

Oh no! Just when I became a follower.

Well, Janna, I do understand. It's hard to be everywhere and do everything. (I say that line all the time as a mom.)

Best wishes on your writing and I'll miss you.

Beth said...

Janna, totally get it too...I think that if I were blogging less, I'd be "writing" more. But like Sharla said, that is probably not true...and I tell myself that with my blog at least I am writing. :-) Have a great break and see ya when you return! Get better too!

Lori Tiron-Pandit said...

No, really? Oh, I'm gonna miss you. Your posts were among the few that I was looking forward to every time.

I hope you find your balance and return here stronger and more focused soon.

Linda said...

Best to you, Janna. I hope that your "down time" takes you where you need to be. P.S. Hope you're feeling better too! I'll be waiting for you to return....

Turkey Lurkey said...

Enjoy your time away. I went through the same thing and only managed to switch vices. *cough* Facebook *cough*

Sand-in-stone said...

This is my 1st time by, me thinks... But I wish you the best of the best with your work... and I can totally relate. Here's wishing you much love and abundant creativity.

God bless.

Joanne said...

Your writing has to take center stage in your life. I totally understand your decision, but will miss you and our dialogue, my friend. Take care and hope the time off here gives your writing just what it needs.

Janet said...

I hear you. We can get so connected, it's hard to move.

Lynnette Labelle said...

Take your time. We'll be here when you get back.

Lynnette Labelle

http://lynnettelabelle.blogspot.com

Tess said...

Enjoy this break -- it's good to follow that inner prompting.

Cindy said...

I completely understand, Janna. You have to do what's best for you and what you know is right for your writing. We'll probably all be here when you get back anyway :D so just take your time, enjoy it, and be productive. Good luck!

T. Anne said...

Please pop in now and again. You will be missed!

Jessica said...

I understand too. Hopefully when we see you back maybe you'll be agented, or even contracted! LOL Have fun with your writing and we'll see you around. :-)

Barbara said...

Janna, we'll miss you.

Lady Glamis said...

Janna, I really do understand this! I do! This is one of the reasons I'm taking a week off a month. I sure hope we see back sometime in the future! Good luck with all your endeavors.

Rebecca Nazar said...

I so get it.

I backed off recently to regroup, found myself more productive. Now my posts will be considerably shorter and less often. As much as I love it here at Blogger, it can be a huuuuge distraction and sometimes revealing things about myself can be exhausting.

Hope that throat is feeling better. Good luck writing.

Jody Hedlund said...

Hope you get lots of writing done and get back on track with that!

KittenGoddess said...

Good luck Janna, I hope you find your hiatus leads to gold.

Capri K said...

Enjoy your break!
We'll miss you!

celestialwolf said...

Aww.. Like I said before, a writer's got to do what a writer's got to do. Feel better and good writing. We'll miss you :)

Jill Kemerer said...

Sorry about the strep throat--yuck! Enjoy your time away. We all need a sabbatical now and then.

thedomesticfringe said...

Sorry you've been sick!

The break - you gotta do what you gotta do.

We'll be around when you come back. Hopefully you'll come back with news of lots of writing. Enjoy your time away.

-FringeGirl

Melanie Avila said...

*pouts*

scarlethue said...

We'll miss you! Check back in every now and then, if you can.

Woman in a Window said...

That's it, we all have to pick our battles and our places and times to revel. It's been good getting to know you. Best to you and your writing and we'll see you next time you're 'round.
erin

Michele | Writing the Cyber Highway said...

Aw, I totally understand Janna and I'd never give up on ya! I'll see you around the cyber highway and you're always in my thoughts and prayers!!!

*hugs*
Michele

P.S. I can't wait to see your book(s) on store shelves!!!!

Nadine said...

Glad to hear you are feeling better!!

Good luck with your hiatus - I hope you get a lot done!!

The Hat Chick said...

I respect the need for "me" time. Enjoy it. We'll be here when you get back.

Angie Ledbetter said...

We couldn't forget you. Your work will thank you. Come back and let us know how your hiatus is going, k?

Rob-bear said...

There times for busy-ness and community; there are times for solitude.

Take your time. I/we trust you'll be back -- like the Bear after hibernating.

WendyCinNYC said...

Oh no! I'm sad.

But I understand. Happy writing, Jenna.

Kathryn Magendie said...

I completely understand! It takes so much time to visit, even though it is a joyful fun thing and I love reading everyone's thoughts and posts and lives! :) I'm sure people get tired of visiting me and me not being around to visit them...and it may only get worse ...dang!

Makita Jazzqueen said...

It's great you can take that decision, because it takes me soo long to decide that... And usually, it is just when I get tired of writing that I leave my blog...

If you have time, check out my blog
http://jazzqueen.blogspot.com
http://maryeastmacott.blogspot.com

and leave me a comment about how to improve my writing techniques...

Deb Shucka said...

Wishing you long days of writing that flows from your center.

giddymomof6 said...

Hang in there Janna! And good luck on your writing! I've just been able to merge back into my blog, since my family has moved back to the US! It was a long while for me, but I'm excited and eager to see everyone's posts again. I'll miss yours and I can't wait to read them again! Jenni

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

Janna--how I understand about the need for a hiatus! Even though I've been away for almost two months, I still feel the need for being in "time out" every day.

I hope you rest and heal as well as find new energies and inspirations. I will miss you lots and look forward to seeing you back soon.

Lots of hugs!

I'll add you to my prayer list

Kara said...

Take your time. I have been wondering myself how I can blog, read blogs, take care of family matters and write. There are only so many hours in a day.
Can't wait to see what you have been up to when you get back:)

Kathryn Magendie said...

just stopping by to see if you were around :)

Amy said...

I completely understand as I let go of blogging for a while. Take care of yourself and your writing! We'll see you when you return!

Kathryn Magendie said...

stopping by on my Sunday blog walk!