Been a bit quiet round here lately, hasn’t it? That’s pretty much how I’m feeling at the moment: just… quiet.
For the first time in a while, I have an absence of urgent deadlines and a sense of breathing space. The routine-busting school holidays have arrived, but for once they’ve brought a sense of liberation: embracing their inevitable constraints on productivity, I’m feeling less compelled to be “working” all the time. Perhaps relatedly, I’m feeling heartily sick of my own internet-addicted habits – perhaps enough to change them, at least for a while.
I’ve talked before about Wallas’ stages of creativity. Right now, I feel that I’m going into an incubation phase. I don’t know what’s germinating, but I do know that the process needs quiet, solitude and (metaphorical) darkness. I need to stop talking for a while so I can hear myself think.
As a result, I’ve decided to have some downtime – something like a Quiet Night In, but longer. I’m not going to keep to a rigid blogging schedule; I may not blog much at all for a while. (I’ll post outstanding ‘six things’ and ‘sunday best’ guest posts as they come in – and do contact me if you’re keen to do one! – but I’m not going to chase new guest posts right now). I’m also going to cut back the time I spend on social media – and read some books, catch up with some movies, listen to some music instead.
It feels like I’m commencing a transit behind the moon: a spell in the peaceful dark where the crackle and flicker of our hectic blue sphere is temporarily occluded. See you on the flipside.