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Drafting the Backlog

25 Jul

Strolling through over 250 of my drafts – which cunningly helped me avoid actually writing anything – it seems to me the best course of action will be to take a few days away from the blog in order to write and get a lot of outstanding and promised posts finished. ย It comes to something when I can’t even muster strength to think objectively about the books I am reading and as I do drive to put out, at the very worst just ‘decent’ posts, then this is better off all round.

I shall be around all your blogs tomorrow to check in before my mini break and will be back before August so it isn’t anything to major but it is polite to at least inform you that I shall not be around for a while…I aim to be back with not only more book reviews but also all the other types of post I have mooted in the past year or so in order to diversify up…I may stop by to check if I have had comments but other than that please try not to cry yourselves to sleep without my presence.

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46 responses to “Drafting the Backlog

  1. writersideup

    25/07/2014 at 18:50

    Good for you, Ste J! I, on the other hand, due to life and submissions (both come first), I’ve yet to work on my blogs *sigh* Yes, this HAS been the ongoing story for a good 1 1/2 years, well—except for a few concentrated spurts. Enjoy getting caught up and doing the writing in a more focused, leisurely way ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Ste J

      25/07/2014 at 18:54

      I feel for you but know you will get to it at some point and it will be excellent. I am looking forward to having a few posts in the bank, it does take the pressure off. If you need any help and I have time, I’m always happy to offer my services should you need them.

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      • writersideup

        25/07/2014 at 19:56

        You are the sweetest kinda guy ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you.

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        • Ste J

          25/07/2014 at 19:56

          I don’t charge much either, ha!

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          • writersideup

            25/07/2014 at 20:00

            LOL I bet you say that to ALL the girls ๐Ÿ˜‰ Sorry…that old line was just “there” so I had to post it! lol

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            • Ste J

              25/07/2014 at 20:01

              If I did I’d still be this poor!

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  2. shadowoperator

    25/07/2014 at 19:28

    Sniff! sniff! Eyes watering…facial expression crumbling…ergh….unh-henh…waaaaaaaaaaaaa! How can I help but cry? You are not only one of the main people I blog with, and one who is also attentive to my posts, but one who writes all sorts of funny things that keep me in a good humor and a light-hearted frame of mind. You will have to imagine for weeks now my pouting underlip stuck out and my arms folded irritably against my chest, and me stomping my foot. You’d better hurry back, or I’m going to send you one of those Pee-Pee Betty dolls that does everything (well, almost everything) including cry in the mail just so that you get the message very close to home. Seriously, hurry back soon, we will all miss you, I’m sure!

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    • Ste J

      25/07/2014 at 19:34

      Crikey, that sounds like a grim promise and one I would like to avoid getting in the mail. I dare say that it will be less than six days before my return and I will be back with a vengeance by which I mean jut turning up and looking good by combing my hair like one of the T-Birds. I am glad that you enjoy my words and the order that they are put in…your blog posts are always epic in length and depth and that is never a bad thing in my brown eyes.

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      • shadowoperator

        25/07/2014 at 19:42

        You are very kind. You omit to notice (tactfully) that I seem never to shut up, which is a bit of a negative thing for those bloggers and e-mailers such as my brother, who want it all short and sweet. But we each have our signature style, and mine is the North American Wordy Devil. Yours seems to be the British Deep Thoughts Witiciser Supreme. Anyway, I can’t wait to see what you come up with during your sabbatical. Good hunting!

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        • Ste J

          25/07/2014 at 19:47

          You don’t talk to much, you have a lot to say about subjects you love and that shows passion which is the ambrosia of bloggers. Passion shine through and makes people want to read, I would be perhaps the best dressed example of that. I may have to get a name badge with that title on. I am hoping to bring a diverse range of subjects and thoughts to the fore…hopefully I won’t just be lazy.

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          • shadowoperator

            25/07/2014 at 19:54

            I can only estimate, but since on the average 3 posts a week seem to go up from you, I would never think of calling you lazy. It is a challenge to keep up with everything you’re writing about.

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            • Ste J

              25/07/2014 at 19:58

              It’s a challenge writing them as well, I like to keep a decent amount of hits going on and it can get on top of me sometime but this break will help with that and give everybody a chance to catch up haha!

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  3. Al

    25/07/2014 at 23:43

    Have fun, and enjoy your time off.

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    • Ste J

      26/07/2014 at 12:26

      With this weather, it’s a must.

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      • Al

        26/07/2014 at 14:48

        Very much so

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  4. RoSy

    26/07/2014 at 02:52

    Enjoy your time away. Hope you get what you’d like to get done – done. “See” you soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Ste J

      26/07/2014 at 12:24

      I like a challenge…like fighting off laziness.

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  5. D. James Fortescue

    26/07/2014 at 03:16

    All the best on your break; hope you come back supercharged =)

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    • Ste J

      26/07/2014 at 12:24

      I aim too, and then some!

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  6. Bumba

    26/07/2014 at 05:19

    Crickey, you’re a sweet guy, Steven. What with pottering around bookstores and the like. In the Bronx we puttered around. We puttzed around. Futtzed around. Hey, enjoy your vacation!

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    • Ste J

      26/07/2014 at 12:27

      I may do some pootling as well then, just for you.

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      • Bumba

        26/07/2014 at 19:47

        I’ll have to ask my dog what pootling is.

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  7. suzie81speaks

    26/07/2014 at 12:39

    Hi Ste! Hope you’re doing well – have a good break!

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    • Ste J

      26/07/2014 at 12:40

      I’m doing alright, just getting ready to convince myself to write a shed load…I hope you are enjoying the weather as it is magnificent…if you like sun that is.

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      • suzie81speaks

        26/07/2014 at 12:41

        Glad to hear it – I look forward to reading it! I’m loving the weather – I wish it was like this more often!

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        • Ste J

          26/07/2014 at 12:42

          If it did we may be a less miserable people and then we would only have politeness to fall back on.

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  8. Bumba

    26/07/2014 at 18:18

    Camus has a character in The Plague who is a novelist stuck on the first sentence. 250 drafts!

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    • Ste J

      04/08/2014 at 13:49

      I remember that guy! I need to review that book at some point, there is just never enough time for Camus, although I expect he’d understand.

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  9. nancyrae4

    26/07/2014 at 19:27

    Hey, have fun on your off-the-radar time. I know you won’t be able to resist taking a peek every once in a while, but don’t let the lure of the net drag you back in until you’re ready. Time out from virtual life did wonders for me. Have fun:)

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    • Ste J

      04/08/2014 at 13:58

      I actually stayed away longer than I intended, but that was for an actual real reason as opposed to my own laziness, which I may just brand and market as my own for easy money.

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  10. Lyn

    26/07/2014 at 22:04

    You have 250 blogs sitting in draft? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I haven’t even done that many on my blog altogether. Ste J, you’re an absolute wonder! Have fun.

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    • Ste J

      04/08/2014 at 13:50

      I am a bit of a hoarder, if was real material things you would probably be disgusted at the sheer amount of rubbish I had stored away haha.

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  11. Christina ~

    28/07/2014 at 05:10

    I hope your time is rejuvenating for you…you will be missed…mahoosively! #pout

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    • Ste J

      04/08/2014 at 13:42

      Pout no more (although I do find it endearing so carry on if you wish) for I am back and ready to amuse you in more ways than you previously thought possible, there will be custard pies, ladders with books of water on the end and a banana skin for starters.

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  12. LuAnn

    30/07/2014 at 15:01

    Since I am perpetually behind in reading posts, you have probably already had a nice little rest and are ready to go! Hope you enjoyed your time away. I find it necessary to recharge my batteries.

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    • Ste J

      04/08/2014 at 13:52

      I’m impressed that I lasted this long posting once every two or three day for most of the year so far. Everybody, myself included puts so much content out there it is always tough to keep up so I feel like a public service by taking the pressure off you for a bit.

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      • LuAnn

        04/08/2014 at 14:48

        I must admit I have backed off myself. It was either that or stop posting all together. I was growing weary of sitting in front of my computer every day.

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        • Ste J

          04/08/2014 at 14:51

          I think the pressure builds as well as you feel like yo need to commit to so many posts a week and such, it can be wearying, which is one reason I stopped solely reviewing books as I was catching up with myself to quickly. Computers are great but life doesn’t just exist on the blog, otherwise what would we write about?

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          • LuAnn

            04/08/2014 at 15:09

            You are certainly right about that. For someone who loves to be out in nature, sitting in front of the computer for too long, no matter how interesting the blog posts I am reading, is like watching my life pass before my eyes.

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            • Ste J

              04/08/2014 at 15:12

              It is amazing how much blogging takes out of one’s life, I like to think I am making a sacrifice for humankind but that is because I like to think my life is full of drama.

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  13. Seyi sandra

    30/07/2014 at 16:55

    I think you deserve your time away, to recharge and bring out more posts. I was itching for a fix of a type of writing only you can do, but lo and behold, you’re in a mini hiatus! I’m wiping tears away! ๐Ÿ™‚ Come back loaded pal!

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    • Ste J

      04/08/2014 at 13:55

      Had I known I would have held on for a little longer, I have always possessed bad timing, I think that is why I lost my watch making job in the Swiss alps when I was younger haha.

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  14. quirkybooks

    02/08/2014 at 22:54

    You are so funny. I will just have tears of happiness when you return. Enjoy your post break. It probably will be you post-break as it’s not your pre-break – Ha!

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  15. quirkybooks

    02/08/2014 at 22:56

    Your post-break – Not you post break. You could post a brake to me, but as I don’t drive, I would have no use for it.

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