Sep 1, 2011

Time for another hiatus

Bai

I feel like lately I've spent more time going on blogging breaks than actually blogging, but if all goes well this will be the last one for a while. My MA dissertation is due at the end of the month, which means that between now and then I should step away from any distractions and focus on forcing my draft into the stipulated word limit (always the hardest bit for me) and making it the best it can be.

Sadly this means I'll miss fun events that have everyone excited, such as the RIP Challenge or Book Blogger Appreciation Week, but something has to give. I feel like I've been a terrible blogger for the past six months or so, not to mention a terrible commenter and even worse event participant. I won't apologise for the 100th time, but hopefully once this is behind me I'll once again have time and energy to do other things that matter to me and reconnect with blogging friends (not to mention to read - I've been in the middle of the same books for close to three weeks now, which is something that hadn't happened to me in years).

To end on a brighter note, I'm very much looking forward to one final distraction: I'll be going down to London this Sunday to finally see The British Library's science fiction exhibition and to attend the Worlds of Wonder event, featuring Neil Gaiman, Peter F. Hamilton, Kari Sperring and Farah Mendlesohn. One of the most exciting things about it is how many blogging and twitter friends will also be in attendance - if you're one of them, do say hi!

Of course, I know I'll be tempted to blog about it when I return, but one of the goals of going on a hiatus now is exactly to allow myself no excuses for distractions. I can always tell you how it was in October. In the meantime, you'll probably still see me complaining about wrist pains and stress on Twitter as I make it through the final stretch. See you on the other side!

38 comments:

  1. Your dissertation is much more important, so we understand. You will be missed!!

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  2. Wish you all the very best for your MA dissertation, Ana! Hope you do well and come out in flying colours!

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  3. Good luck to you Ana! We'll be here when you return. :)

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  4. All best with it ana look forward to your return , stu

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  5. Good luck with the MA dissertation...will be sending you positive vibes!!

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  6. good luck Ana, you're a wonderful writer, I know you will deliver a kick-ass dissertation!

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  7. JUST A SUMMARY OF MY FEELINGS: http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc428/thisisladybusiness/renay/tearstearstears.gif

    Meanwhile, kick that thesis in the rear! *\o/*

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  8. Totally understand, Ana! Good luck and all the best! :)

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  9. Blogging is a fun thing, and sometimes life gets in the way. We all understand, truly we do. I am amazed at how much you comment with everything you've got going on, and every word you utter over here on my end is appreciated! I'm not going anywhere. I'll be right here when you get back. Good luck on your dissertation!

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  10. Good luck good luck to your dissertation! It will be the best dissertation of all the dissertations!

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  11. I completely understand, Ana! I went through the same thing in January. Don't worry about blogging, just put all that energy into polishing up your dissertation! I know it will be amazing :)

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  12. Good luck with the thesis! :D

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  13. Go team Anakicksacademia'sass!

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  14. Best of luck and success and we're all cheering for you. Congrats on being nearly done!

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  15. Thank you so much, everyone! I'll miss you all.

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  16. Good luck, Ana! We'll still be here when you get back:-)

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  17. Wise decision! See you on Twitter.

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  18. Good luck, Ana! See you when you return. :)

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  19. Ana, I wish you a lot of success with the schoolwork, and will be happy to see you when you return! It's ok to take a break every once in awhile, especially when you've got such important things on the burner. We will miss you, but don't despair, for you shall soon be back among us again!

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  20. Best of luck polishing off the dissertation! I agree with Jenny: it will be the best of the lot. Of this I have no doubt.

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  21. Good luck and have fun!! And we'll see you in October. :)

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  22. Good luck with your dissertation Ana. See you when you get back!

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  23. Just one more month to go - hag in there! I was hoping the exhibition would be open until mid-October, when I'm going to London, but alas.. no. Looking forward to your report of both events!

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  24. Break a leg!!! I'm sure you'll do an amazing job :D

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  25. Good luck on the dissertation! And thanks for all of the Edinburgh pictures and stories...I've been enjoying them!

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  26. Is there really any such thing as a terrible blogger? I think it's one of those things that we easily assign to ourselves, but would never ever think of anyone else.

    I so hope this month goes smoothly, my dear. I know it will be exhausting and stressful, but I hope all of that is balanced out by it being productive with a real feeling of accomplishment as well. I *know* you're going to end up with one kick-ass dissertation. Not a doubt in my mind.

    Love you, sweetie.

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  27. Good luck Ana! :D We will miss you and see you when you get back!

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  28. Good luck with you dissertation and it was lovely to see you last Sunday!

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  29. Good luck Ana, in doing your dissertation!! You know we'll be right here when you are back. I'm excited for you that you are almost done, too. enjoy as much as you can the process, and see you when you get back!

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  30. Wishing you all the best of luck on your dissertation!

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  31. You can do it! very excited for you in this phase of your career. Cheers!! *\0/*

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  32. We can't wait to have you back! Of course, it being BBAW and all, I had to pour out the love to my favorite bloggers (you! that's you! lol) but, just so you know, I think that all the time! Not just the first day of BBAW. hehe. Catch you on the flip side.

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  33. All the best, Ana! I know you'd do great!

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Thank you so much for taking the time to comment - interaction is one of my favourite things about blogging and a huge part of what keeps me going.