So…I have been thinking about this for a while, and so the whole hack problem is the last straw rather than the cause. I think I am going to have to put this blog on hiatus for a while.

I am on a simplification kick. I am Decluttering. I am donating to Goodwill. I may even empty my attic of boxes of books I have been clinging to for 15 years. (I may. This is a very hard step, to give up books you once loved and don’t need anymore. It’s like giving up someone you once were and still like. I only did it once before–all my Trixie Belden books when I hit that “I’m an adult” teenage stage–and I always regretted it and wish like anything I had those Trixie Belden books back. So I tend to cling to books.)

But whether books stay in my attic or not, I would like to focus on a few things–writing, family, work, cooking, lazy fun times with friends–and so I am having to choose some things to stop.

Most tellingly, I did a journal exercise not too long ago using Kinder’s three questions, the second of which is: You go to the doctor, who discovers you have a rare illness. He says that you’re going to feel perfectly fine for the next five years, but then the illness will prove fatal. It will come suddenly, causing no suffering. The question is, Now that you know that your life will be over by then, how will you live it? What will you do?

And one of the things I wrote was: I would spend no time at my computer at all, except to write, and I might even start writing by hand. (Now this might not be realistic–how am I supposed to find out the WEATHER without a computer, for one thing? Watch TV? Look outside? That’s just crazy talking. Also, I wrote that I would grow a garden, so I decided to go start a garden right away, and OF COURSE where was I supposed to find out what to plant if I didn’t use the Internet?)

But…you know what I mean, I bet. There’s a line between resource and Computer=Life, and it’s not really a fine line, it’s just hard to stay on the right side of it. Internets are tempting creatures.

It may be that the hiatus doesn’t last very long and I get drawn back in very quickly, but right now my plan is to stick to it through August. This means I won’t be visiting your blogs much either! I will miss you, this is what I will miss the most.

But it is doing me a world of good to use that last little half hour of the evening to curl up in bed with (currently) Neruda’s Cien Sonetos de Amor (100 Love Sonnets–I highly, highly, highly recommend these, by the way, if you haven’t tried them. Tapscott’s translation is very good, too.) It’s hard to turn off the computer and make that shift, but I’m always glad I did. Simplifying experiences and deepening those, and maybe rediscovering a bit what it was like to live my life ten years ago when I didn’t have internet! That’s my track right now…we’ll see how it goes!

So this is au revoir (not adieu!)…THANK YOU for all your support the past year and a half, for giving me the chance to get to know you, and for humoring my obsessions. 🙂  And keep up the Chocolate War!!! Know that I will be fighting hard in the trenches, never surrendering, not even when faced with a dearth of Easter clearance candy.

  • Some times we all need a break. To refocus, to recharge. I hope you will get that. Clarice

    March 27, 2008 at 10:26 am
  • When I left my job a year ago all I wanted to do was declutter. If I didn’t love it or need it, it went into a pile and then I had the best garage sale ever. All the junk went on a free table and the good stuff had good prices. It’s a joy to be in my house now and know where everything goes. (Not that it’s neat…just that it could be.)
    Now I understand that I actually need to declutter my wide range of interests as well. I’m not sure about the computer, but I can’t go chasing every craft technique and actually expect to meet my own artistic goals.
    So congrats Laura! Have fun and a bientot!

    March 27, 2008 at 1:10 pm
  • Good luck with the decluttering, enjoy the garden and give everyone a hug for me.

    March 27, 2008 at 4:06 pm
  • dharmagirl

    I’ll miss your lovely posts but also love the idea of a hiatus, and love your re-dedication to all things non-digital. I hope your garden grows beautifully and profusely, your words flow smoothly and swiftly on to the page, and your moments with your family and friends be filled with laughter and deep connection.

    Ironically, I was actually going to ask you if you wanted to write an article for a book collection I’m working on about “the evolution of the novel in the digital age” and issues of serialization…it could be either creative (we’re hoping to work with an innovative press that allows mixed genre collections) or “scholarly.” I thought of your lovely book and specifically your blog…anyway, if you think this is a writing project you’re at all interested in you can email me. Or I can give you non digital ways to contact me as well:)

    happy chocolate eating:) i’m happy to say I found post-Easter candy at great discounts at Walgreens.

    March 27, 2008 at 7:21 pm
  • salaam

    hi laura, i have not visited your site before as i have only just read your book. it was really lovely to read as at the exact same time i was in marocco falling in love with an amazingly gorgeous, kind man and we had the same issues as you with cultural, religious differences and the heartbreak of choosing a country, as i am australian. oh and the visa issues, how fun. Marocco has the remants of french bureacracy so those memories came flooding back. We too had 3 weddings with the big traditional moroccan extravaganza bringing my family and his together. I am happy to say we survived and we now live in sydney happily married for almost 6 years. I wish you guys all the best.

    March 27, 2008 at 10:02 pm
  • Enjoy the literal and figurative gardens you’ll be tending 🙂

    March 28, 2008 at 5:58 am
  • Anne-Gaelle

    have fun! I’m looking forwards reading you again! 🙂

    March 28, 2008 at 3:38 pm
  • Purging here too . . . I haven’t kicked the internet habit yet, but I’m weaning myself slowly. So I get the hiatus, and am terribly proud of you! Have a wonderful summer!

    April 2, 2008 at 8:45 am
  • Well. Since I started working I can’t keep up with all the blogs in my bloglines and I was thinking of paring down a bit, but your blog was not one of the ones I was going to stop reading. Well drat. I will miss you.

    Also, do please get in touch if you’re going to be in the neighborhood (by which I mean Western Europe).

    April 2, 2008 at 3:20 pm
  • Good for you, Laura! I’ve been trying to simplify for the past few years, and life just seems to get more complex. I’m really finding it difficult to keep up. I hope you come back refreshed and reinvigorated!

    April 7, 2008 at 7:46 am

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