I made it home on Monday afternoon, a little bit tired, a little bit sorry to leave the UK and my family there, but happy to return and see my wife and son. The flight was decent, not once did the seatbelt sign go on other than take off and landing. No-one was sat next to me so I had more space to spread out. I got through passport control quickly, and I didn’t have to wait long for my suitcase. In fact the only slight hassle was at the bag drop desk in the UK. They usually ask to see your visa or green card if travelling to the US on a visa. My card had expired going by the printed date, however I did have the letter that extended it for a year, and a letter that confirmed I had actually been accepted on the full visa with no end date. What I didn’t have was the new card confirming it. This turned up in our mailbox when my wife arrived home, having just dropped me at the airport for my flight to the UK. Thankfully after someone double checked the letters, I was free to fly.
The last few days in the UK were about my brothers wedding. I’ve had next to no blog time other than a spare 25 minutes to write the monday haiku post. I’ve had no time to catch up on blogs I like to follow other than a little time earlier today, although not much time to contribute many comments. Right now, writing this on tuesday evening, the jet lag is beginning to catch up, although I shall be staying up and going to bed at he usual time. I apologise now if this post seems to be going in several directions.
At the end of May, I stopped writing blog posts for every day, to get some time back, and concentrate it on some other projects. So how is this going so far?
Well the simple answer is that it actually is giving me a little more time to focus on some other projects, to the extent that I’m now considering dropping from four to three posts a week. It was a bit odd the first few days not having a new post there every day. The blog writing breeds certain habits such as checking stats, answering comments and so on, which don’t need doing as often when there is not a new post every day. But I soon got with that.
The other side of the blog coin is blog reading. Most blog writers who like to be on the blog scene, the blog community, or whatever you want to call it, or describe it, will read other blogs, contribute some likes, or comments where required. I’m sure other bloggers will agree, on some days, this can be time consuming. The solution to this, thus far, is to try to catch up on blogs every other day. This might mean missing a few things that might otherwise have been read, although not always because there are various ways that you can keep yourself updated. It does mean you have to organise how you read blogs that little more. On the days you do not read, or maybe read, but just a little, time is again saved for other projects. This even worked in the UK where I had a few days with more time to use, and some with no time at all.
So far I have been fleshing out a slightly “fantasy” story which is a fair bit different than what I normally do but seems to be taking on a life of it’s own (which to me is a good sign), and also jotting down ideas for a much darker story (this one non fantasy) which popped into my head whilst working on ideas for the other one. I’m intending to start writing a first draft of the former soon, once I have fleshed out a few more details and characters. This story will have a strong spine, but leave some details open as to how exactly some things will happen. Some of my other story ideas are on the back shelf for now.
So, brief conclusion, less posts, and not reading everyday seems to be adding to my productivity elsewhere on other projects, you know, the projects which should be the priority. I’m still writing everyday, because the blog gave me the motivation back, the mental approach, the writing itch. I’m still sticking with it (the blog) and contributing some posts because it is fun, different, and a departure from the other projects. A change for a short while is often good. I’ve a bit of catching up to do after the time in the UK, but I won’t be behind for long. I shall provide further updates in time.
Lexicon word of the day: Chela (check out both meanings).