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October 21, 2018

…well, then. After almost three years, I’m back.

And it’s been quite the three years, too. A fair bit has changed in my life since I was last on here. The biggest change, perhaps, is that I have my doctorate. I defended my PhD thesis last October, following over four years of study. This means, of course, that I am finally – finally – no longer a student…which in turn means that I actually have a paying job now. So, another change.

Incidentally, the job in question is in the University of Utah, over in the United States…which means I’m living in the States now, and will continue to do so for the next little while. Yet another change.

Another change was that I more-or-less stopped writing for ages after the end of 2015, thanks to a combination of my increasing PhD workload and – let’s be honest here – sloppy time-management on my part. The novel I was working on has been well and truly abandoned at this point, and I can’t see myself ever going back to it…at least, not  back to it in its present form.

That’s not to say I don’t want to start writing fiction again, however. Having gotten myself settled over in the States, I’ve been slowly but surely getting myself back into the habit over the past few months…which is why I think it’s high time I went ahead and revived this blog.

I’m planning to make some changes concerning how I run this blog, too.

First and foremost, I intend for this to be a writing blog now, and not a review blog. So, no more snarky reviews of books I didn’t like…though I’ll continue to do shout-outs to books that I enjoyed. Much as I enjoy reading snarky reviews, I’ve decided that it’d be better as a writer to not write such reviews myself.

I also intend to primarily make shorter posts from here on out, as opposed to the 500+ word entries I regularly put out back in the day. That’s not to say I won’t write up such a post if I feel the need; rather, I am simply going to not write long posts of the sake of writing them.

Lastly, I plan to update once a week on Sundays – no more, and no less. That way, I hope to be able to put out a steady stream of updates without running out of material.

That’s all for now. Expect more next week!

Anyone else gone back to blogging recently following a long hiatus…intentional or otherwise? Feel free to comment down below!


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  1. Hey! Welcome back. 🙂

    I’m only stopping in quickly, but I wanted to congratulate you on your academic accomplishments over the past few years. And now you’re Stateside! How are you finding the transition so far?

    Best of luck with everything, and I look forward to reading your new posts soon!

    • Thanks very much! I’m finding the transition much easier than I expected so far, and I’m really liking it in Utah! I gather the winters here tend to be rather extreme, though, so it’ll be interesting to see what I end up making of those.

      • I’ve never been to Utah, so I can’t compare their winters to the winters here in Massachusetts. But I do have another blogger friend who lives in the UK, and based on comments we’ve exchanged, UK winters are mild and less snowy. Just be sure to dress in layers and be patient when it comes to driving, shoveling, etc.

        Don’t mind me asking, but are you on Twitter? I’ve been corresponding a little bit with someone who’s Utah and appears to be from the UK, based on some of his tweets… But I don’t want to make an assumption and then be wrong. *lol*

      • …y’know, I’d honestly forgotten that I hadn’t put my name on this blog.

        Yeah, that guy is me :). I’m actually planning to properly link my WordPress and Twitter up at some point soon.

        UK winters are indeed very mild, at least by the standards of several US states. The UK is spectacularly inept at actually dealing with them, though. From my experience, just a few cm of snow is enough to bring the entire country to a standstill; that seems to happen every single year:P

  2. Yay! Welcome back. Now I’m quite glad I haven’t done a recent purge of blogs I follow that have gone silent 😉

    Congrats on the doctorate!

    • Thanks very much! I’m guessing blogs go quiet pretty often, actually. In any case, I don’t intend for this one to go quiet again any time soon 🙂

      • Yeah, mine’s also nowhere near the activity I used to have. I have a new photo blog where I post twice a week, but that’s easy as I can schedule posts way in advance. Not so simple to do with stuff that needs to be written.

  3. Good to hear from you again, Doctor. ^-^

  4. Welcome back! Good to hear from you and well done on such a great achievement. Can completely sympathise with the time management and writing situation; it’s one that has parallels to my own life, but coincidentally I’m looking to get going once again in a couple of weeks (too much to go into here, but essentially I’m going on garden leave soon). I’ll be watching your progress with interest 😉

    • Thanks very much! Yeah, time management certainly isn’t the easiest thing in the world; I expect it’s an issue for a LOT of writers out there. In any case, I hope the writing goes well on your side of things!

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