My Dear Readers,
This post will be, by far, the most difficult I have ever had to write. As most of you have probably noticed, with the exception of Moby-Dick, this blog has been relatively quiet as of late. Aside from monthly check-ins about my reading and the monthly check-ins for the 2014 TBR Pile Challenge, there hasn’t been a whole lot going on here.
I’m failing at all of my challenges. I haven’t been reviewing any books. I’ve accepted no review requests, nor have I managed to write anything comprehensive about any of my readings since, I don’t know, Ulysses, perhaps? And that was during my winter break.
The truth is, I find myself absolutely mired in responsibilities for the Ph.D. I’m currently pursuing. I’m also teaching at two universities, writing for About.com, and trying to get back into my own writing. I’m preparing for doctoral field exams (to take place in January) and my foreign language exam (to happen soon). I’m on a number of departmental and university-wide committees, now, all of which are wonderful opportunities, but they stretch my time even thinner. And I’m even considering pursuing another part-time job (out of necessity).
Of course, I have a partner and a family, too. I’ve begun, in the last couple of years, to take my health and fitness very seriously as well. Most of you will not know this, but in the last couple of years, I’ve lost over 100 pounds.
With all that being said, I’ve spent the last few months considering what is to be done. And, the truth is, I must, for the time being, step away from Roof Beam Reader.
I’m not going to be deleting my blog or Twitter. I plan to keep up with the monthly TBR Pile Check-In posts, for instance, and will try to post once per month with updates on things I’ve been reading, articles I’ve been writing, etc. But, I will not be here regularly. I will not be posting reviews, hosting giveaways, participating in blog tours, challenges or events. For all intents and purposes, I am on a hiatus.
This will likely last a year or two, with some more active time during the summer months. Until I complete my Ph.D., I must, must, focus all of my energy and attention there. Any “spare” time I find will not be spare at all, as I need to be working, writing, submitting, and attending things like symposia, conferences, colloquia, etc.
Believe me; it breaks my heart to write this. But, in the words of Eliott Smith, this is not goodbye, “it’s just a fond farewell to a friend.” I have every intention of returning to be a regular presence at some time in the future, and I’m sure I’ll be around every now and then, too.
To those of you who have been with me for these last five plus years, thank you. Your support, interaction, friendship, insight, and wisdom have meant more to me than you’ll ever know. From events like Austen in August to The Classics Club and beyond, I have done so much, learned so much, with and from all of you. I could never have continued this all on my own – you all have fueled my passion for reading, for literature, and so much more.
Although I’ve never met the vast majority of you, you’ve influenced me and inspired me in so many ways. I thank you, and I’ll be seeing you.