I have been noticeably absent from the blogging world lately. I’ve been noticeably absent from a lot of things lately.
As I soldier through this academic year, I think there’s going to be a lot of that. Right now, my job takes probably 15-20 more hours a week than it has in years past. I’m teaching new classes, I’m trying to get National Board certification, I’m trying to be the very best teacher I can be.
And so other things are suffering. The end of the baseball season for the Reds killed me, but it was, in some ways a relief. Over the last year, I’ve taken on a lot of baseball-writing responsibilities. It’s even started to pay a little bit, which is really nice, but it’s overwhelming at it’s most intense and it’s nice to take the long view to next season instead of standing on edge with every pitch and thinking about how I need to write about it later that same day.
The end of the seasons means I’ve been able to recuperate a little and it means I’m starting to be able to turn my attentions back to my more traditional pursuits. I’m right on the verge of finishing the sort-of-a-story-collection-sort-of-a-short-novel thing I’ve been working on for several years. And I have, I think, reasonable hopes of seeing part of it published in the not-too-distant future. We’ll see, of course.
But finishing that might not happen until well into the new year. Because, well, because of the stuff I’ve mentioned already and because my kids and my wife need me and when time is limited, it’s more important to play Cootie with Simone than it is to work on a story or a blog post.
But this is just for now. Just for this year. If things go well, we’ll be celebrating a financial windfall at this time next year, and I’ll be back in my old groove, but I’ll also be better at my job.
So, yeah, I know the content is erratic here right now, and it will be a for a few more months, but come the end of March when I ship off my National Board materials, this will all be over and I’ll get to be a regular person again.