I woke up this morning and thought, "I need to think of something to write about on my blog." And immediately remembered what someone told me just yesterday, "You're thinking too much again. I warned you about that." Oddly, the person who told me this is a very thoughtful person, a person who thinks great thoughts. Deep thoughts. A person whose opinion I trust and respect. Of course, this person also seems to credit the notion that aliens have abducted me.
But I'm not sure what I think about this. How is it possible to think less?
After giving it a great deal of thought [grin], I think what this person meant was that I should stop having second thoughts and just trust my instincts. Good advice, whether that was the message or not.
I have focused a significant amount of time and attention this past week or two on thinking and then expressing those thoughts in blog comments and email. And I have not spent nearly enough time and attention on my own writing. I need to listen to my instincts about this.
So I am announcing a self-imposed hiatus. I really like that word. So I looked it up. Online. Yes, I'm too lazy to get up, go downstairs and find the dictionary. Even though I love the dictionary; it's my favorite book.
From an online thesaurus:
Hiatus: pause, break, interruption, gap, space, lull, interval, time away
From the online Encarta Encyclopedia:
Hiatus: 1. unexpected gap: a break in something where there should be continuity
So that's what I'll be doing for the next little while, taking a hiatus from blog-type writings so I can focus on book-type writings.
This is a good thing. How long will it last? I'm very easily distracted, so it's hard to say. A month? A week? Two days? I have a self-imposed writing deadline coming up and I'll need to work hard if I'm to have any hope of meeting it.
In the meantime, if any of you really, really miss reading my words of wisdom -- well, I just can't imagine that being the case. But if you do, there are about seven months' worth of my musings right here on this blog. And there is at least a book's worth of stuff scattered on various other blogs around town.
Go forth and re-read.