Monday, June 19, 2017

I Forgot How to Blog

It's been nine months since I've last blogged. Wow. That's terrible! I almost forgot how to get back here, and having not blogged much at all the last two years, blogging feels almost alien to me now. I blogged regularly going back to 2005, but these last couple of years have been rough.

So let me give you a quick update on why I've been absent:

1) My health. I got the flu the day after Christmas, and a week after New Year's, I still didn't feel right. Apparently, I had pneumonia. After a round of strong meds, I got better. But in March, I knew something was wrong. After an X-Ray showed I still had fluid in my lungs, and was given more meds to get rid of the fluid. I didn't feel close to 100% until May!

2) New job. I entered a new field within the medical sales world. Pathology is fascinating, but it's been a steep learning curve. My brain can only hold so much information, and after nine months on the job, I'm still trying to figure things out.

3)  I moved in February. While suffering from pneumonia, I moved. The stress probably is what nearly killed me.

4) No creativity. With all that's going on, I have been stuck in a creativity dry spell that dates back to 2015. However, I've dug up a manuscript I started working on two years ago, and I hope that will kickstart things. Also, me and my writing partner Miranda Hardy have a hard deadline to hit this Fall, so I'll have no choice but to get it in gear.

So I'm still here. I'm hoping that reconnecting with the blog-world will help the creative energy flow once again. Nine months is a long time, and I'm pretty sure the blogosphere has changed a lot since I left.

But I'm hoping some of you are still around!


Chrys Fey said...

9 months. I can't believe its been that long.

All of those things can certainly kill creativity and take away blogging enthusiasm.

Glad you're still in the blogging world. :)

Pat Hatt said...

Health crap and a new job and moving in the midst of it can sure screw with the creativity indeed. Just don't go full alien and start probing people at your feed, you may even sell the tools to do it...hmmmm outta here.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Welcome back, Jay!

Hopefully having that hard deadline will help you focus and get your creativity back. Hang in there!

Sarah Foster said...

Glad to have you back! Sorry you were so sick for so long. Pneumonia is definitely no fun. I can't imagine having to move in the middle of it. Hope you start feeling creative again!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jay! I'm on blog break, but when I saw you'd posted, I had to stop by. Glad you are still with us and the combination of moving and pneumonia didn't do you in.

H.R. Sinclair, Southpaw said...

What a taxing time! Hang in there. Recover take times. Good to see (hear) from you!

Jo said...

9 months is long enough to give birth - to a novel or a baby. So sorry you just haven't had the urge. Hope working on the manuscript will work to stimulate you. I also hope you feel better now. Nice to see you around again.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I was shocked when I saw you had a new post up. Glad to hear you're finally feeling better. And congrats on the move and the new job. Hope your re-emergence continues.

Pat Dilloway said...

Glad you're feeling better. Pneumonia is nasty stuff. Hope your writing gets going too.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Hi Jay! What a surprise. Don't forget how to blog. Come on, I think you and I are the oldest bloggers around anymore.

It's good to hear you finally kicked pneumonia to the curb.

dolorah said...

-waves- Yo Dude; nice to see you around again :)

DEZMOND said...

Hope you get better soon, it seems the demons of disease have really attacked you!
The blogosphere has changed massively and sadly, in recent years most of the old school bloggers have disappeared and the new ones haven't really come, so it is like a desert a windy one

Nick Wilford said...

That's a triple whammy of stresses - new job, illness and new house. I find that I'm most creative when most other things in my life are settled, so I can understand your dry spell. It's great to hear from you - you've had some good encouragement, and having a co-writer on your deadline will hopefully also be a great way of staying engaged.

cube said...

I'm still kicking and very glad to see that you're still kicking as well. Oh, I love it.

Mr. Shife said...

Welcome back, buddy. Sorry to hear about all of the health issues but glad to know you are on the road to recovery. Take care and looking forward to reading all about you getting your creative mojo back.

Julie Flanders said...

I'm so glad you see you back, Jay! But so sorry for all you have been through. I hope your health is back to 100% and that you will soon be back to all the things you enjoy. Take care!

Gina Gao said...

Nice to see you back! I took a long break from blogging too haha.

Arlee Bird said...

Good to see you back, but sorry to hear of some of the tougher issues with which you are contending. I can certainly understand why you've been away.

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Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Glad to see that you are back, Jay. A good break is always nice. I'm glad I decided to stop in for an update.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Sorry about your creative dry spell and yo yo health issues. But I'm glad you're trying to get back in the swing of things Jay. All the best.

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