The Crooked Little Hen and my little banty roo, snuggling up together, the remaining two of my original hatching of chicks four years ago.
I’ve received several emails on this topic, so I figure I should say something. At the end of June, I was working on the June Chickens in the Road Newsletter when the derecho wiped out the world or at least this area. Two weeks later, when things got back to normal, it was the middle of July and it seemed a little late for a June newsletter.
Lately, quite a bit, between working on a book, working on studio projects, working on the website, and working on other freelance projects, I realized I was often working from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. or even later. And I don’t like to stay up late. This past week, I wrote two articles for Chevrolet.com. (Not even sure how that happened, but I squeezed it in. Will. Write. For. Hay. Money.)
The summer, she flew by.
And I said, “Suzanne!” ::smack:: “You don’t have to write a newsletter if you don’t want to. The world did NOT end because you didn’t write a June newsletter.” And then I gave me some candy. Because I have to be nice to me sometimes.
Actually, I like writing the newsletter, and I intend to continue writing the newsletter. It’s not going away–it’s just on hiatus. I’m a writer, and a freestyle worker bee–which means I have to be a self-starter, and I am. And sometimes that gets out of control. Then I have to sit back and say, What am I enjoying? What is filling the well? What is feeding my soul and providing the most meaning? I’m cutting back in a few areas so that I have more time to focus on things that drive my creative energy. Sometimes that means writing something and sometimes that means sitting on the back of a horse.
Sometimes it means rocking on my porch.
Those things make me a better writer, and when I don’t make time for them, I’m a worse writer.
Writing posts for the blog is my favorite thing in the world. It’s the most satisfying creative work I’ve ever done, and continues to be so. In large part, that’s due to the immediate connection I have with you as the reader.
So if my newsletters are a little more random, just know that I’m rocking on the porch or sitting on the back of a horse or writing a new post. I’m not giving up the newsletter–it will continue to go out for special events or notices and at the very least quarterly. Sometimes more. I’ll be bothering you a little less in your inbox but focusing more on the blog (er, when I get past the CITR Retreat and finish my book, please give me a little slack till October 1.) I’m looking forward to getting back to more full posts on the main blog sections and more multiple-per-day posts on the Daily Farm. I feel, strongly, that right now, at Sassafras Farm, is the time of my life. I want to savor every second–and write about it all.