It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, wait…

20th August 2014

It’s just me. Little ole me. Peeking warily back into the dashboard of my blog after so many silent months.

My problem? I shouldn’t be here. Between my full-time gig as the director of a university writing center, a teaching load, writing and getting a fellowship, then teaching a collaborative course for that fellowship, freelance editing, and, you know, living, I’ve had so much going on – and continue to – and blogging felt like a luxury, giving time to something that wasn’t absolutely necessary.

But I miss my corner of the Internet. I miss all of my blogging friends as well as the readers who would only stop by every now and again. I miss talking about books, even though the only books I’ve read this summer have been cozy mysteries (seriously, check out my Goodreads pages. It’s ridic).

I won’t be that blogger that says, “I’m back!” and then disappears another four months. But I also can’t promise for any regularity until after the fall semester begins and settles in. *sighs* One day I’ll have some free time.

Today, though, I could feel a bit of a break in myself and my workload. After several frenetic, frantic weeks of spending the remains of my budget, hiring new writing tutors to replace graduating tutors, planning and ordering *stuff* for an expansion of our center, and finishing teaching two summer courses, today I gave a professional development presentation and realized…I’m in decent shape. I need to finish prepping my online course for fall, but everything else is (dare I say) in place or out of my control at the moment.

I actually sat down to look at NetGalley to request books for Bloggers Recommend (to which I’ve still managed to contribute, albeit sparsely), and I thought: It’s time.

So, my friends, how have you been? What’s new? And most importantly, what bookish gossip have I missed? πŸ˜‰

I’ll tell you mine first: I have lost no weight despite doing P90X at least 4-5 days a week. I cut eight inches off my hair. This week marks one year with the boyfriend. (!) I’ve updated my home office. I wrote *a* chapter of a cozy mystery. My house is utter chaos.

  • You’re writing a cozy mystery now? Cool!

    • Just one chapter. I stopped to read a million as “research” – we shall see…

  • Kristen M.

    Hey! It sounds like you’re the good kind of busy. πŸ™‚ I also just cut inches off of my hair. It was quite liberating and I’m loving actually doing my hair instead of going for the daily ponytail. As for reading and blogging, I’m trying my best but the time just isn’t there. Maybe when Z starts school in two weeks? I guess we’ll see!

    • I saw it on Instagram! It looks so cute! That’s partially why I decided to cut. The daily ponytail just wasn’t looking great.

      I’m working on class stuff at the moment, so though I’m on the other hand, I get it.

  • I’ve missed you! It was so nice to wake up to this in my reader. πŸ™‚

    Good to hear that things are going well. I want to see pics of that shorter hair!

    • Hey! I’ve missed you too!

      Ok, I’ll take one and post it to Instagram. It’s actually already grown out about an inch or so. I don’t love it, but it’s a good cut for summer in Texas.

  • Marlene Ravey

    I’m glad you’re back – even if only temporarily! I know how super busy you’ve been, but I’ve missed your blog.

  • Sara

    Glad to hear your voice around here! I’ve got a new job keeping me busy and just hoping like yourself to do a little blogging when I can. Congrats on the fellowship! And the one year anniversary!

    • That is excellent, congrats!

  • Julie Merilatt

    Well hey there pretty lady!

    • Hey there! And I tried to comment on your post while I was at work, and it wouldn’t let me. I am so sorry about your grandfather. I owe you a letter or two, as well.

  • bellezza

    So nice to see a post again, although I’m totally with you in the “this is not a good time to blog with the start of school” theme. Just back from a sweat box of a room with no air conditioning;’I felt like I was swimming laps, but alas, no weight lost here, either. xo

    • I saw that – as well as your school’s idea of how to keep cool. So not fun. I hope it gets better quickly.


    Welcome back stranger! I chopped my hair 9 months ago and have been working at hard at growing it all back again. Always seems like the right thing to do until that first big snip!

    • I know! I am growing mine out, too. I’m none too pleased with it.

  • S.G. Wright

    It’s good you’re back. You sound busy. Keep checking in when you can. Cheers

    • I will indeed!

  • Amy Shamroe

    Always good hearing from you! Sounds like life is keeping you happily busy. Congrats on the one year anniversary! Look forward to more updates as time and life allow.

    • It is keeping me so busy, but that’s nothing new for most of you. How have you been?

  • Coffee & a BookChick

    I have been erratic with my posting as well. Life gets in the way! It’s nice to see you back, and I can completely see you’re swamped! Enjoy it all, have fun with it, and never look back. Looking forward to reading your posts, no matter when they come, my friend.

    • Thanks, Natalie. I’ve loved watching you and Dominic on Instagram. Brightens my day to see your sweet faces. Thinking of you, friend.

  • Charlie (The Worm Hole)

    Good to see you back. Posting when you can πŸ™‚

  • And then there’s me. 20 days late commenting. We all do what we can with the time that we have. It was nice to open my reader and see A post from you, though. I’m glad to hear you’re doing well and living life…even if it is super busy. And sometimes we just need to read what’s comfortable! Nothing wrong with that. And the hair! Did I miss seeing a picture somewhere?