Hi y’all. A few weeks ago, I tweeted this:
Thinking of taking a blog hiatus for October. I have so many projects on my plate, both for writing (beta reading and my own WIP) and for work as well. Not to mention I’m still recovering from my bout of dengue. I’m so tired honestly 😭
— Kate is ON HIATUS!!! [real life is kicking my ass] (@bckwrdsbookshlf) September 29, 2018
That tweet came on the heels of a very disappointing month for my blog. I had such a successful comeback for August after two months of sporadically blogging (due to a family vacation in the US, starting a new job, and moving to a new apartment), I was expecting more of the same for September. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be. I got saddled with several projects at work that require travel all over the Philippines, I have quite a number of papers to do for school, and – worst of all – I got dengue fever. (Ughhhhhh. Use insect repellant, people!)
Quite a number of friends quickly replied to my tweet, telling me that I needed to look after myself before anything else, and that the book blogging community would still be there and waiting when I got back. I’ll admit, one thing that helped me decide that a hiatus would be good for me was Shealea’s response, and her own post about going on a hiatus. I quote:
“…it is never a bad idea to take a step back whenever you feel like you need a breather. Incessantly, continuously pushing yourself and refusing to give yourself a much-needed break can lead to your own downfall – be it getting too caught up in what you’re trying to do (and failing to see the grander scheme of things) or down-spiraling into a total mental breakdown.”
That’s Shealea for you, always managing to put my thoughts out in such eloquent words.
I decided to ‘make it official’, so to speak, by posting this notice on my blog. I don’t want any old readers or future readers to come onto The Backwards Bookshelf and think I’ve totally abandoned it – which I haven’t, mind you! I absolutely will be coming back! No worries about that.
So, why am I going on my first official lengthy hiatus?
I’m recovering from a recent bout of dengue fever.
Remember when I tweeted about my brother being in the ICU for severe dengue and needing financial help? Turns out, I got dengue too. Don’t worry, I’m okay, and my insurance covered everything (thank you corporate medical and PhilHealth). But spending a week and a half in the hospital has left me a) unable to blog, and b) having to catch up on a lot of stuff, with reading, blogging, beta reading, my own WIPs, school, and work.
I have a lot on my plate at work.
As I’ve mentioned before, I no longer work for the government and have transferred back to the private sector. Along with the bigger salary and benefits and the higher position comes, naturally, more work. I’m involved in a project that requires me to travel all over the Philippines (a couple of weeks ago I was in Naga, and in the next two months I’ll be visiting Quezon, Cebu, Baguio, and Tarlac – PRAY FOR ME Y’ALL), which doesn’t end until November. Aside from that, I’ve also taken on two other projects which, although they won’t be executed until next January, involve a lot of coordination (a.k.a. endless telephone calls and e-mail chains featuring every permutation of “as per my last e-mail” ever). So as you can imagine, I am hella busy and stressed.
I’m working on three writing projects.
I’m currently trying my hand at writing a #romanceclass novel of my own! I’ve signed up for the #romanceclass intro session this November, so I really want to work on my WIP so I have something to focus on for that class. I’m also working on an urban fantasy set in Manila, and I volunteered to beta read a full-length sci-fi manuscript written by an aspiring Filipino author (which I am loving so far, by the way!). I haven’t really been able to work on these writing projects as much as I’d like, so I want to really focus on them for the time being.
I want to revamp my blog / be a more organized blogger.
This aspect of my blog hiatus was also inspired by Shealea. (As I always say, it’s a good thing she pushes blogging and books, instead of drugs.) I want to get more organized as a blogger and actually plot out and schedule my posts, instead of writing on a whim. Part of becoming a more organized blogger is actually making use of all the lovely spreadsheets (mostly the book trackers and blog post idea trackers) that Shealea’s put so much effort into making! And aside from trying to become a more organized blogger, I’m also planning on tweaking my post banners and playing around with the theme of my blog.
So what does this mean for The Backwards Bookshelf?
Well, for one thing, I will no longer be posting regularly. There will occasionally be a few reviews for ARCs that I’ve already committed to prior to this hiatus, and I may also sometimes post a few recaps and discussion posts when they occur to me. You can also still find me on my Twitter, @bckwrdsbookshlf. but other than that, there won’t be any new content for a while.
How long is a while, you ask?
This hiatus will last from October to November. Ya girl will be ready and raring to go by December!
So, in the time-honored tradition of all graduating high school students, I leave you with these parting words – this isn’t goodbye, it’s BRB.