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A temporary goodbye

I have started and stopped this post approximately 3,042 times in the past three days. Say it? Don’t say it. Say it? Don’t say it.

It’s all a little exhausting.

But it’s time to spit out what I’ve been somewhat loathe to actually put on the page. It’s time, for a whole variety of reasons, for me to put The Inadvertent Gardener on ice for a few months.

Blame it on 2010, which has, for many reasons, been a really odd year for me. I generally avoid talking about work on the blog, and I’m not really going to start now, but to say this has been one of the most emotionally intense of my career. And personally? It’s also been something of a roller coaster.

All of that has gotten in the way of a project that I promised a friend I’d have written by the end of the year. If you’ll notice, that year? It’s getting older by the minute. And I need to carve some very focused time to write this project that has dogged me for a couple of years now.

This isn’t goodbye. This is just a little break—a few months, give or take. Let’s call it a dormant season, shall we? And in the meantime, if you’re curious what I’m up to, you can find me on Twitter. Plus, there are always (and will continue to be) plenty of 100 Proof stories to parse through.

Thanks to those of you who have followed this journey since May 2006. Thanks to those of you who will still be around when I resurrect this blog at the appropriate time. I’m going to miss all of you, and I’m going to miss showing up here. But I’ll be back. I promise.

31 Comments on “A temporary goodbye”

  1. #1 barbara
    on Oct 5th, 2010 at 1:09 am

    Enjoy the break Genie. After 6 years of blogging I’m struggling with decisions also. I miss reading and I certainly haven’t read much these past 6 years.

  2. #2 Chris Rusak
    on Oct 5th, 2010 at 1:57 am

    To force a tulip, sometimes ya gotta shove it in dirt and bury it for a winter.

    Although I’m new to this garden, I’m looking forward to a future crop.

    Good luck.

  3. #3 Al_Pal
    on Oct 5th, 2010 at 2:56 am

    Ahh. Well, a tomato garden lies fallow in the winter anyways, right? ;)

    GL with the project!!!

  4. #4 Lydia
    on Oct 5th, 2010 at 5:34 am

    Balance is elusive, even in the best years. Enjoy your writing project. It’s such fun to be immersed in a project and lose yourself in it.

  5. #5 inadvertentgardener
    on Oct 5th, 2010 at 7:10 am

    Barbara, it’s a tricky call to make — this blog has been such an important part of my life for a long time. Hence the decision just to take a break…not shut it down. Everyone gets to go on vacation now and then, right?

    Chris, I love that metaphor. Love it. For all the reasons I’m guessing you can guess. Thanks, and let’s still exchange recipes, regardless!

    Al_Pal, indeed. Except in Northern California. ;-) Or something.

    Lydia, seriously…balance and I have always danced around each other & have rarely connected. It’s time to remedy that, even temporarily.

  6. #6 Karen Davis
    on Oct 5th, 2010 at 7:36 am

    I get it….I totally get it and while I’ll miss reading I know that you need a break and you need to be writing other things! Good for you my friend!! Love you much!! Maybe we need a writing getaway??

  7. #7 Jeff Shattuck
    on Oct 5th, 2010 at 7:38 am

    I’ll miss your posts, but you gotta do what you gotta do. See you after the frost!

  8. #8 inadvertentgardener
    on Oct 5th, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Kären, thanks so much, and love you much, too. :-) Writing getaway…that sounds splendid!

  9. #9 inadvertentgardener
    on Oct 5th, 2010 at 7:58 am

    Jeff, thanks — and yes — see you then!

  10. #10 Andrea Meyers
    on Oct 5th, 2010 at 9:40 am

    I’m glad you are just taking a break and not running away altogether. Trying new things and taking on different projects are good for the mind and soul, and I hope you have fun working on the writing project. We’ll be here when you come back.

  11. #11 inadvertentgardener
    on Oct 5th, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Andrea, thanks, lady — I appreciate it. This particular writing project isn’t particularly fun…but that’s why it’s all the more important to just get the necessary draft done, sans distractions. I’ll have more to say about it after this little break is over. :-)

  12. #12 Elisa
    on Oct 5th, 2010 at 10:10 am

    I’ll miss your garden commentary, but know that energy will be well spent on other projects. Good luck with all of it!

  13. #13 Pilar
    on Oct 5th, 2010 at 10:34 am

    It’s always difficult to take a step back from things you love. I will bet you a homecooked Filipino dish that peeps will be right here when you come back. Myself included!

  14. #14 Patty
    on Oct 5th, 2010 at 10:51 am

    I love reading your blog, but totally understand the struggle to find balance. As a full-time working mama and a novice garden blogger, I’m beginning to comprehend the amount of time and energy it takes to keep afloat. Hopefully you won’t have to work too hard during your “break” and remember what good ol’ Mic once said, “It’s ok to let yourself go, if you can let yourself back in.”

    Best of luck!

  15. #15 inadvertentgardener
    on Oct 5th, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Elisa and Pilar, thanks…much appreciated. :-)

  16. #16 inadvertentgardener
    on Oct 5th, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Patty, can definitely let myself back in — no worries. Thanks for reading, and thanks for the good luck wishes!

  17. #17 Faith Kramer
    on Oct 5th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Looking forward to your return to the inadvertent gardener.
    Best of luck to you on your projects.
    See you at 100 Proof, though!

  18. #18 inadvertentgardener
    on Oct 5th, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Faith, thanks so much. :-)

  19. #19 Sam
    on Oct 5th, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Good luck Genie. I wish you all the best. Times change. I made a similar decision almost a year ago. I just let it go fallow. I made no announcements, no promises – to myself or anyone else. But who knows, I may sow a seed there again one day..? Or maybe I won’t – only time will tell.

  20. #20 Mr. Haywood
    on Oct 6th, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Ridiculously proud of you. Focus and peace-of-mind both come at a high price, but the rewards are worth it. Don’t give it a second thought. I would say good luck with your project, but I know you enough to know you don’t need it. :-)

  21. #21 trey
    on Oct 7th, 2010 at 5:59 am

    Distance makes the heart grow fonder. See you on the flip side!

  22. #22 inadvertentgardener
    on Oct 7th, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Sam, times do change, indeed. And though I hope to get to read more of your writing at some point, I totally understand the need to let the blog go fallow for a bit.

    Haywood, thanks for always having my back, sir. It is appreciated more than you know.

    Trey, thanks ever so much. :-)

  23. #23 chigiy
    on Oct 7th, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Hey Genie,
    I haven’t talked to you for a long time and I guess I will have to wait a little longer.
    I hope everything goes your way, do good , talk to you later, take care of yourself.

  24. #24 Annie in Austin
    on Oct 7th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Go concentrate on the writing assignment – the blog will wait, Genie…but it will be easier on your readers if you tweet once in awhile!

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

  25. #25 Theresa
    on Oct 23rd, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    I Just love reading your blog. It will be there. Good luck with your new projects. Have some fun along the way!

  26. #26 Patti
    on Dec 2nd, 2010 at 7:13 am

    Miss your blog, come back soon!

  27. #27 Marzie
    on Jan 12th, 2011 at 6:59 am

    Missing your blog, too!

  28. #28 pw
    on Jan 14th, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Counseling break for a blog?
    Sounds a little strange……………………………………………………..

  29. #29 Duston
    on Jan 19th, 2011 at 6:54 am

    we all need a break every once in a while…hopefully the winter finds you well and you get well-rested for spring…take care!

  30. #30 Jeff
    on Feb 6th, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Great blog with tons of info. Hope there will be a return. Thanks and best of luck. | Garden Plant Covers

  31. #31 HelenB
    on Mar 4th, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    First you kill Steve (or maybe not, but you sure just stopped writing about him, with no explanation), then you stop gardening, (for possibly good reasons not your fault), then you say you’re pausing your blog for a “few” months.

    Tomorrow it will be 5 months since that post. Whaaaa???

    I’ve enjoyed reading, and would like to continue.

    (I tried [twice] to send this to your email address, only to be told [the first time] that it was undeliverable, and [the second time] that your email address does not exist.)

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