Explaining The Three Week Silence

It’s been unusually quiet in this space lately.  You might be wondering why.  Naturally, an explanation is in order.
 
Every so often, you need a break from writing, for whatever reason.  It can last anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks, never longer than that, thankfully.  It all depends on that next good idea, when it pops into your head and when you sit down to develop it into a finished piece.  After the heartwarming story of Rachel Marsden’s surprise dismissal from The Toronto Sun three weeks ago, I decided to take it easy for a couple of days, not knowing when I would return to blogging.  5 movies were screened (although tempted, there was no burning desire to write about any of them), a number of old entertainment magazines were read (I’m so backlogged, you have no idea), and there was plenty of uneven poker playing and friend interaction on Facebook.
 
But there were other reasons why you haven’t read anything new in this space in a while.  Lack of motivation based on lack of actionable premises.  Off and on misery from the continually unsettled weather (I’m very susceptible to constant, dramatic changes in the barometer).  And general frustration about various other matters that should probably not be discussed in any length here.
 
Let’s face it.  As hard as you try, you go through slow periods where you accomplish very little.  True, I haven’t completely stopped writing.  There’s been plenty to write about and link to on Fading To Black.  But lately, it’s been more difficult than usual to start a new writing rhythm in this space.
 
The good news is that’s about to change.  I’ve started working on the first of what I hope will be several installments of my annual Winners & Losers Of The Year series.  There were seven chapters last year so we’ll see how things progress this year.  God knows there are plenty of 2007 contenders for both categories.
 
There may be more end-of-the-year type material next month as well (depending on how I feel) and it might be time to go back into the archives to dust off some older pieces.  It’s been quite a while.  Here’s hoping this site ends the year on a strong note with plenty of good stuff for you to check out.
 
In the meantime, keep your eyes on The Writings Of Dennis Earl.  Expect to see some new offerings here very soon.
 
Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
11:14 p.m.
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