So long…..but not goodbye


A few weeks back I had a friend say to me that I am a method writer. Thinking of a method actor who becomes their character on and off the screen I laughed at their remark. If anything, I took it as a joke.

Until now, that is.

I had no idea how much I threw myself into a novel until I wrote my second. I probably became my characters when I wrote Dempsey but it was new and like anything new, we’re not always aware of our emotions.


She exhausts me

Now that I’m writing Iris I have discovered that she is taking a lot out of me. I never realized how emotional writing a novel can be, but it is.

On a positive note, I’m glad I’m that way. It means I care about my work and I want to give the reader my best effort.

On the downside it means I have to part ways with some things that I hold dear and one of those things is my blog.


A hard decision 

I love what this little blog has become but for the past two months I have to admit it has been a struggle. That damn Iris as taken its toll. Come on girl, why do you work me so hard?

I figure this novel will run about 90,000 words first draft. As of now I’m around 30,000. Like anything I write it’s emotional, fun and hopefully entertaining.

With that being said I have made the difficult decision to put my blog on hold until the completion of draft one. 


But I’m not exactly gone

Fozzie will continue to brighten your Monday mornings and I will bombard your blogs with readings and comments. 

You won’t get rid of me that easily.

Until I return I thank you for visiting my blog. Your visits and your comments are special. I cannot thank you enough. I will be back just as soon as Iris shuts her trap. That is a promise I will never break.

Until then – So long, but not goodbye. 



48 thoughts on “So long…..but not goodbye

  1. In some ways you took the words right out of my mouth. Great comparison to the method acting.

    I feel hung over by my story, the one I’ve been writing on and off for a year. So I completely understand where you are coming from.

    Good luck.

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  2. How true, my first novel was written on a lap top unconnected to the Internet. I had no idea what people were talking about when they said they were distracted by social media! Writing blogs and interconnecting with other writers is great but takes a lot if time.

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  3. It’s so hard to balance a blog and writing, especially when you’re completely immersed in your story. I wish you all the best with the project and we’ll be here when you’re ready to come back.

    Glad to hear Fozzie will still be popping online too. Happy writing and have a Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank you, Mae. It is a difficult balance. You wouldn’t think so when it’s just a weekly blog but it’s tough with my mind elsewhere. As you know, so many things go into our work. We are constantly thinking of something. On the bright side, Fozzie will always find ways to invade your inbox. 🙂

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  4. goodness, Bryan — this is not merely sad – it’s happy too! because I’m wishing you the very, very best with your writing!!! also, much appreciate your confirmation that novel writing can indeed be quite emotional – was thinking something wrong with me…

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      1. Thanks Bryan for the well wishes. I just finished my 2019 walking goal today and hoping for no snow to walk a little more before year end. Good luck with slogging through your first draft.

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  5. I completely understand, maintaining all the duties of social media and writing is a juggling act. Sometimes we need to focus on what we’re passionate about, or else what’s the point in it all.
    Best of luck with your writing and have a wonderful holiday.
    We’ll all be awaiting your return. Xxx

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  6. Sometimes it’s necessary to put blogging activities on hold to work on big projects. I can tell you’re determined to write your best work, and I know you’ll succeed. We’ll be around awaiting your return.

    Best of luck!

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  7. I’m thinking on a break also…hard to fully concentrate on my WIP when I’m pulled in so many directions by social media.

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  8. Good luck and enjoy the process! Sometimes breaks from blogging are needed – especially if it’s in pursuit of writing a novel. I’m sure it’ll be great! We’ll see you when you get back 🙂

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  9. Every time I decide to give some attention to my own tiny blog, your’s is the first I check. Good luck on your endeavor!


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