Sabbatical: a term dating back to Mosaic law, when farmers left land fallow for one year after six consecutive harvests.

For the past twelve years I have kept a rigorous schedule producing travel documentaries and writing. This summer I began a six month sabbatical from writing. On my desk-top are four ‘first drafts’ awaiting my attention and one youth novel ready for publication.

I stopped to smell the roses and enjoyed the tranquil meanderance that goes hand and hand with an extended break. This time has given me a chance to reflect and I considered this: When you don’t show up, no one notices you’re gone. That statement has a lot of merit because no one has asked where my blog posts have been this past summer or if I have anything on the go or ready for publication. And undoubtedly it is because we live in a time where everyone is producing more content than anyone can read. Therefore, when I’m not writing, there is plenty elsewhere to absorb my readers’ attention.

Q: Has my sabbatical affected my website traffic?

A: YES

Q: Have I lost readers to my blog?

A: CERTAINLY

Q: Has it reduced my book sales?

A: ABSOLUTELY

Q: Do you (my readers) view me differently?

A: PROBABLY NOT

Q: Do I feel better having stepped back and taken stock?

A: YES, POSITIVELY…YES and I would do it again 👀…sometime 🤗…in the distant future🙇.

I miss writing every day because writing is my defining passion.

And I am back!

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” 

John Lubbock