Sunday, June 22, 2014

7 Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 32)
Sunday Semi-retirement edition

If you've been around the blog lately, you may have noticed that posts have been a little scarce.  Here's why:

I am continuing down the list of 20 titles for the 2014 Kindle Book Review contest, young adult category  I just finished the seventh one.  Fortunately, it was quite good and did not involve either vampires or a post-apocalyptic story line.  I would be delighted if I could say the same for the next 143books on the list. 

I am tired.  I cannot remember the last time both of my children slept until at least six o'clock.  To get eight hours of sleep (assuming no one wakes up in the middle of the night), I would have to go to bed at 9 or 9:30, which I am not willing to do.  Nap time often finds me napping rather than blogging.  Not my ideal, but that's just the way it is right now.

My mom suggested that my lack of bloggy-ness began with my failure in the A to Z Challenge, and while I don't believe that is the whole story, there's probably something to that.  I set a task before my self and did not complete it.  That's hard.

Some days, parenting takes all that I have in me.  This relates to number (2), but it's more than that.  I love my children so much, and delight in them hourly, but dang, this job is hard.  Friday, for a solid hour and a half after nap time, one or both children was screaming.  I had to get off the phone with my friend Emily because Elijah would not stop yelling at me to read him a book.  All of this drama tends to sap my will for other pursuits, blogging being one. 

Call me Augustus Waters, but sometimes this blog just seems like a shout into oblivion.  I am very grateful for my few but loyal fans, many of whom are related to me, but sometimes I have a hard time motivating myself to keep posting on this blog that only a few people are reading. I think part of that comes from the fact that I never really settled on a theme, and I don't do much to promote my blog on social media.  

I have other interests that I'd like to pursue.  There's reading, of course, but I would also like to spend some time writing more fiction.  Also, we've been in this house for nearly 6 years, and there are projects I've never tackled, but I'd like to.  So, with what little time I can find, I'd like to do some of those things.

So, what I'm really trying to say with numbers (1) - (6) above is that my heart is just not really in this here blog these days.  I may come back to it.  After all, that worked for Michael Jordan.  For now, though, I am just going to take a break.  I will still post a few pictures from time to time, hopefully once a week.  I will still do 7 Quick Takes Friday because I like to, and its an easy way to fit all my updates into one post.  So, if you stop by once a week or so, you should be able to experience all I have to offer, at least for now.


  1. Valient and wonderful Good luck MJ Li. I will go back and re enjoy it all. Keep those A-S starts as they will probably be best sellers some future day.

  2. My comment disappeared into the Internet! Sigh.

    You sound like you need a break. Motherhood is very hard. Though, my kids don't get up as early as yours. Whew! ;-) That's early.

    As for reading/writing, you should try the Twitterature link up at Modern Mrs Darcy. Do you read her? I think you would like her blog a lot. Did you read the ebook Jennifer Fulwiler gave away with preordering SOTG? That's a nice creative shot in the arm, as well as Steven Pressfield's The War of Art (which Jen recommended).

    Anne, your cousin (but I don't just read because I am family, lol!)