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Here and Back Off Again

08 Nov

It’s been a while since I have wandered the warm wards of WordPress – for we are all inmates of writing here – as other things have been distracting me.  I am in the middle of a few of literary pursuits including the freelance (emphasis on the free) editing of a book (or maybe two), as well as catching up with some reviewing commitments.

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Leaving this place for more interesting experiences…like waiting for a plane probably and getting lost.

As a consequence, I have been finding it hard to keep up with writing as well as holding down a full-time night job, although I have been managing to get some reading done here and there.  So I shall be taking a short break to finish off my endeavours and will be back shortly I expect.

If that wasn’t enough this week will also see me off on a three-day, location yet to be decided, later than last-minute deal somewhere.   So while as I take a rest in foreign climes, have fun and be rest assured next week I will be back and ready to catch up on all those blog posts as well as writing about all things bookish.  Hopefully something amusing involving eccentric provincials and misunderstood local etiquette will also be hitting your screens before too long as well.

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43 responses to “Here and Back Off Again

  1. reneejohnsonwrites

    08/11/2015 at 21:33

    We often put too much stress on ourselves. Pursuing other avenues than blogging often feeds our creativity in new and surprising ways, which makes our blog posts more interesting in the long run. Cheers!

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    • Ste J

      08/11/2015 at 21:55

      That’s a good point, if other things improve my writing, then I am all for it and I am hoping it also keeps opening up new and interesting avenues to pursue.

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  2. Jill Weatherholt

    08/11/2015 at 21:36

    Wishing you the best, Ste J. It’s hard to keep up with everything when you work full-time…I can relate.

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    • Ste J

      08/11/2015 at 21:53

      All I need is a proper schedule and then the will to stick to it. I will be back soon though, plenty of things to write about.

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  3. Letizia

    08/11/2015 at 22:26

    Enjoy your 3 day adventure!

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    • Ste J

      10/11/2015 at 12:34

      I sure will, price dictated that we go to Berlin, I hear there are cows stuck on walls over there, crazy Germans!

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      • Letizia

        10/11/2015 at 23:48

        Berlin! That would be crazy fun indeed – I hope you go so you can tell us about your adventures. I’ve never been.

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        • Ste J

          16/11/2015 at 18:17

          I have five or six posts that have notes and photos ready. It was certainly a good experience, even the people asking for money are bilingual which is impressive.

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  4. clarepooley33

    09/11/2015 at 00:36

    I hope your short break is fun and relaxing! Both my brother (retired policeman) and my sister (paramedic) have worked nights regularly. My husband used to work for the electricity generating business and also worked nights for a while. I know how difficult it is to get anything done when on nights! Take care! Clare

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    • Ste J

      10/11/2015 at 12:47

      I manage to shamble around a bit and make it feel like I’ve done something but I tend not to leave the house until I really need to. It’s a 5 o’ clock start to the airport tomorrow for a trip to Germany.

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  5. Sheila

    09/11/2015 at 01:06

    I’ll look forward to hearing more about your adventures in reading and life – hope you have fun with any possible culture clashes while finding some extra reading time.

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    • Ste J

      10/11/2015 at 12:44

      I will get plenty of inspiration from where I am going, in fact many strange things await me such as a frame collectors museum and cows on walls, I kid you not.

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  6. shadowoperator

    09/11/2015 at 02:39

    Have a great time away, make sure the emphasis about your time away from blogging is the “short” you promised, and just enjoy life. It may come around more than once, but how are we to know that? Maybe this is just my first time around and that’s why I don’t know….are you an “old soul” (as was mentioned in “A Passage to India”) by any chance, who might know? Never mind, don’t tell me if you do know already, I think I want to find out on my own. But in any event, do hurry back.

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    • Ste J

      10/11/2015 at 12:53

      I already have a ton of ideas and had I not been going away, they would be being written at a furious pace, still a trip away will fuel the writing and that can only be a good thing. I do think I bear resemblance to Old King Cole (mainly the noble aspect) I do think things have to come around more than once but only because we live on something that is spherical…well pretty much spherical if I am being pedantic.

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  7. boomiebol

    09/11/2015 at 03:21

    Enjoy your time off and safe travels wherever you go

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    • Ste J

      10/11/2015 at 12:35

      Berlin is calling us, we booked last night so I am hoping to bring many fascinating insights back with me.

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  8. macjam47

    09/11/2015 at 12:26

    We all need to say “no”, and back-off once in awhile. Looking forward to your return, my friend.

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  9. readinpleasure

    10/11/2015 at 17:06

    By all means do take time off; it’s important. 🙂 We shall be here, if we do not go into hibernation too. 🙂

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    • Ste J

      16/11/2015 at 18:16

      Normally I just get frustrated and go off in a huff so it was nice to have actual time when I was away from the net and not just fighting for time as usual. It is good to be back though.

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  10. Jeff

    10/11/2015 at 20:35

    I seem to remember from Stasiland that there’s someone in Berlin who does guided tours of Berlin Wall sites. I envy your trip: there’s so much cold war espionage potential in where to go. Enjoy the break whatever you do though.

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    • Ste J

      16/11/2015 at 18:24

      We did get to a long stretch of wall next to the Topographie of Terror museum but because we didn’t have time to do any research or even to read this comment before I went (we only had 36 hours after booking (22 hours after we celebrated a bit too much). Three days isn’t enough to cover anything but it was a great experience and remarkably easy to traverse the city as well. I could do with a fortnight next time to get a real handle on the place.

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  11. Theanne aka magnoliamoonpie

    11/11/2015 at 14:12

    Wishing you abundant rest and rejuvenation during your mini sabbatical 🙂

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    • Ste J

      16/11/2015 at 18:18

      Thank you, I needed it, a trip somewhere new is always welcome, although I draw the line at going back in time.

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  12. LuAnn

    11/11/2015 at 15:47

    Enjoy your break and your travel adventures Ste J!

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    • Ste J

      16/11/2015 at 18:12

      I certainly did, it was strange to be East facing for once!

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  13. Sherri

    12/11/2015 at 11:18

    Hope you’re having a great time away and making the most of your well-earned break. I’m intrigued and look forward to hearing all about your adventures – note I did not add the word ‘mis’ to adventures…See you soon my friend!

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    • Ste J

      16/11/2015 at 18:26

      Apart from getting a bit lost there were no misadventures. Having a friend along perhaps curved my tendency to find and delight in them as they are happening because I always have one eye on how much they will amuse you all. I did manage to cram in quite a lot though, of which you shall be treated to in upcoming posts.

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      • Sherri

        16/11/2015 at 19:19

        Looking forward to it…and glad those misadventures kept out of the way 🙂

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  14. anna amundsen

    13/11/2015 at 16:23

    You are not going Halfway, are you? 😀
    I am sure you’ll find many interesting things to think, and maybe write about, along the way!

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    • Ste J

      16/11/2015 at 18:22

      Haha, much further than Halfway, although I am sure I was halfway to many places as well. I went to Berlin hoping for plenty of awkward situations with which to amuse you but alas the holiday was a sedate affair of which there will be many posts.

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  15. RoSy

    28/11/2015 at 05:30

    My breaks from the WP seem to be getting longer & longer. Every time I try to catch a break … Life!
    Hey – it’s all good though.
    Always wish you well.
    And – see ya’ when I see ya.

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    • Ste J

      28/11/2015 at 19:22

      I’ve noticed a lot of the people I grew up blogging with seem to be taking longer breaks, I do miss the old crew all chatting and avisiting each other but it is always wonderful to see you around my friend and I’ll always be around and keeping an eye out for any posts you get time to do. Stay awesome!

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      • RoSy

        02/12/2015 at 02:11

        Awwww…Thanks SteJ – Feelin’ the blog love!
        {Hugs}

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  16. writersideup

    03/12/2015 at 05:17

    So, in having decided last minute, what made you two choose Berlin?

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    • Ste J

      03/12/2015 at 15:13

      The cheap nature of the flights and accommodation was the only thing, we had a night to decide and that was the cheapest. all we wanted was a place that had something cultural we could take in, we were aiming for big cities and I hadn’t really thought about Berlin so it was a pleasant surprise when it came up with favourable prices.

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      • writersideup

        03/12/2015 at 16:58

        Makes perfect sense to me 🙂 Had you never been to Berlin before?

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        • Ste J

          04/12/2015 at 18:32

          I hadn’t, I was thinking Budapest first off because it was somewhere I hadn’t been, then I was thinking Sofia but in the end price dictated and it did good.

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