Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Timeout

This blog's title -- Cast of Characters -- is a nod to writing within constraints. Years ago now, a slippery slope of tweets connected me to one of Two Writing Teachers' ambassadors (Shout out, Mrs. Sokolowski!), which opened a door to this community of writer-educators. I shifted from character limits to word limits for my first slice in 2016 and proceeded to contribute most weeks since, daily during the last three March Challenges. It's become a habit both constructive and productive, leading to a few hundred pieces of writing that wouldn't otherwise exist. Plus priceless connections to like-minded folks. The routine fostered by the Slice of Life Challenge is its own gift.

Now, though, two moments are leading me to change my mind or mindset or both: one involves a nearby educator-blogger I read regularly who announced her own writing hiatus in words that struck chords in me (Shout out,  Ms. Yeh!); the other, fittingly and unsurprisingly, unfolds from a Twitter exchange about alternate modes of writing (Shout out, Ashish!). These influences along with a dose of my own inner restlessness have me fumbling in search of alternate outlets. Energy conservation laws, meantime, necessitate me ceasing slicing to redirect what resources I have elsewhere. Or, if you'll indulge one more metaphor, it's like this blog is heading into hibernation.

I am grateful for and humbled by the cast of characters who've visited to read what's here. Thank you.

13 comments:

  1. Well said. Well done.
    !ovarB. !ylefas levarT

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    1. Thanks for the support, whether in blogging or in life; in all directions, really, like your writing ;)

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  2. I always enjoy connecting with your Brian, so let's not lose our ties. Best of luck in your future endeavors.

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    1. Thanks for reading, Carol. I'm confident we'll continue crossing virtual paths at the seasons continue rolling forward, inviting our creativity.

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  3. I've always enjoyed your posts, Brian, even when I haven't commented. Good luck to you and kudos to you for exploring new outlets!

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement, Molly. No comments required :)

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  4. I will miss reading you here. I'll look for you on Twitter and follow those microblogs as best as I can!

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    1. We'll keep in touch, in some digitally literate fashion, which reminds me: I owe you a DM!

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  5. I will miss you! I am grateful you were here, blogging with us. I hope you return when you can and I hope to still see you in the Twitterverse. Grateful for our LIWP connection and then again here at TWT.

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    1. That gratefulness is reciprocated, Kathleen. I remain glad digital serendipity has reconnected us.

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  6. I will miss hearing your voice on Tuesdays, but understand how you are feeling.

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    1. Our voices have been speaking to each other for years now, Adrienne. I'm grateful for your steady support and figure our conversation via swapped comments will continue...

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  7. I'll miss reading your blog, Brian, but obviously, I understand (although, ironically, I have blogged every week since that post because I have felt like I've had something to write about)! I know we will continue to cross paths in many ways!

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