How many of you have made a resolution to blog more often in 2013? Raise your hands. Go ahead, don’t be shy. We can’t see you anyway.
I admit it: I’m raising my hand. Sheepishly.
I haven’t posted here in just over a month and I’m starting to get anxious. Too many ideas are jostling around in the brain and not enough writing has been happening to give those ideas any direction. It’s getting crowded in there. Something’s got to give.
Granted, I’ve had my reasons. The end of the semester is always hectic, but couple that with the holidays and it’s positively crazy-making. On Christmas day, I started coughing. The next morning, I woke up feeling quite convinced that I’d been run over by a steamroller. For the first time in many years, I fell victim to the flu. It took me 2 weeks to stop sounding like a frog or walk down a hallway without getting winded and dizzy and needing a rest.
The new year came and I enjoyed a brief period of time during which I didn’t have to work, but finally felt good enough that I could do some things out of the house. I wasn’t ready to turn the brain back on. I have a hard enough to get it to slow down, so when it finally does, I like to enjoy the respite from the swirling.
Last week it was time to get ready for the new semester, which started yesterday. I’m teaching my two normal writing classes, and taking two more Paralegal courses. On Friday afternoons, I’ll be learning about the computer applications that are regularly used in law offices.
But I get to start the week with a course on legal research and writing. I’m chomping on the bit after this one. How can I not be? I’ve always loved research, and the chance to focus on writing is a great opportunity to get me back into a routine. My creaky fingers will stretch out and fly over a keyboard again.
It’s somewhat counter-intuitive to say that more writing homework will motivate me to write more regularly here at As a Linguist, but I do believe it’s already starting to come back to me. See, I’ve already taken steps to put myself back into more of a blogging state of mind.
On the first of the year, I started a Project 365 Photo-a-Day challenge over at my “upstate cabin,” Modern Day Dinosaur. I will post a picture every day for the entirety of 2013. I’m not writing the kind of essays I like to post here, but the consistency of publishing has helped me figure out how to budget more time for writing.
In the meantime, I’ve been gathering some ideas for new Linguist material and am planning to go live with it soon, so stay tuned for that.
And those of you who haven’t already, also come visit me at Dinosaur; come see the pictures I take when language alone just isn’t quite enough.