So I disappeared without explanation, and I’m sorry about that — the lack of explanation, not the retreat. After years of faking extroversion online, I hit my limit and entered a seven-week Franzen moment. I wanted to roll myself in bubble wrap, don noise-canceling headphones, and fill my Internet connection with epoxy glue.
The awesome and world-shattering things I did instead:
3. Made solid headway on a story which I quite love and haven’t managed to totally screw up yet. It’s about love and loss, and how public spaces and strangers can shape our perception of both. (As I searched for a way to describe it, this last sentence just poured out of me. While you’re free to ignore it, it’s so eerily accurate I have goosebumps.)
4. Grew a shaggy mane of hair, which my hairdresser is turning into Farrah-locks at the time of this posting.
5. Learned that my hips don’t lie, as I continued to play with dancing.
6. Became transfixed, like most of you, with the cases of sexual assault and cyber-bullying in Canada and California, and then the events of West, Texas and Boston.
7. Celebrated that Writer Unboxed is a 2013 Writer’s Digest Top 101 Website yet again. (Thank you, WD!)
8. Worked through being unsettled by online conflict, then decided to turn it into a positive. I culled a list of resources for this Writer Unboxed post: 4 Horseman of the Relationship Apocalypse: Want Them for Members of Your Writing Community?
It looks like a tiny list, doesn’t it? Yet I feel both renewed and trimmer, like I shed a skin during that time. (Literally and metaphorically.)
What have you been up to in the gap? If you write, tell me about your fiction. If you read, tell me about your favorite book or blog post. If you’ve followed on online story, which one? Did it help you learn anything about human nature?