I've survived. You've survived. We've all survived author intrusion going dark. Amazing isn't it? :-) I remember last year, going dark at Lent was a good time for me, and this past month, what with the holidays and writing Bella, I simply had to take something off my plate, and the blog was it.
But it really happened for another reason. I was praying in the prayer chapel at church and was talking to Jesus about how I just want to write my books and live my life. What I mean is this, and bloggers, I think you'll get what I'm talking about. You find yourself living your life for your blog.
"Oh, won't this make a funny post?"
"What will the blog friends think about this?"
"Maybe I'd better not say what I'm doing because people will get upset with me." (Remember when Ty and I demonstrated against torture and the ruckus that caused? Oy!)
I think for some folks, blogging is a source of great energy, a great way to communicate. And when I think of some of the great blogs out there with wonderful voices contributing to the conversation of life, I'm glad for it. But I have other means of communication literally coming out of my fingertips. The truth is, blogging drains me emotionally. And when I'm on-line, I stay on-line. I feel like I'm losing my life to this computer. So I asked Jesus about just wanting a quiet life of writing and living: raising children, being a wife, doing church/community things, and the words, Stop Blogging came to me along with that breathlessness I feel when the Holy Spirit's talking.
That was in December. Here we are nearing the end of January and all is well! Marvelous!
So, in plain words, then, having explained the whys, this post's purpose is to let you know that I'm shutting down author intrusion. This blog has meant a lot to me, however.
* I've made some wonderful friends. Friends I hope to keep. You all know who you are. If you've got my email addy, you're one of them. Even if it takes me a while to respond . . . I will!
* I've worked through a lot of changes here and it was always good to find friends who helped me through. Think about it! I went from suburban writer/homemaker to . . . well, something else! And you were there. I don't think I could have processed it all on my own.
* I had a LOT of fun! Remember our literary beauty contests and "what are you listening to right now?" times?
* A lot of you shared your heart in the comments and encouraged others. (WHY am I shutting down?) And you encouraged me too.
* I know there were lurkers and you all were appreciated as well.
So, I'm going to miss this. Obviously. But here's what the future holds.
*More books. (Of course. Sheesh.)
*A newsletter. I'll be sending out a newsletter occasionally. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and put "newsletter" in the subject line. (This email addy will only be used for newsletter sign-ups.)
*A small column for Today's Christian Woman on justice issues.
*Website. Still the one I've had that will keep you up to date on releases and what's going on with my books.
My final prayer request on this blog is to ask you to pray for Ty and I as we leave for Swaziland tomorrowwith Children's HopeChest. We return on the 3rd of February. Ty and I will be writing a book for Zondervan about our experience so buy a copy when it comes out because the proceeds will be going to Children's HopeChest! (I'd rather walk naked down Main Street than raise support, so I came up with the book idea. I know. I'm awful.)
So, in all things, I give thanks for each of you who found a place around the table. You've taught me so much and I'm blessed from this journey because of you. Thank you.
God's Peace to You,