Monday, December 19, 2011

Happy Hiatus

I don't know if our fascination with beginning and ending cycles is a habit we picked up since we began keeping calendars and telling time or if it's a side-effect of our innate pattern matching abilities. Whatever the reason, odometer days--days when our tracking systems reset or produce nice, round numbers--seem especially significant.

It's no accident that our end-of-year celebrations occur right after the winter solstice. When the days begin to get longer, we know the world won't dwindle in the cold of an endless night. It's natural, then, to consider our prospects for the new year.

I've decided its time to close this chapter of the Laws of Making. This blog will be on hiatus for at least a month.

I'll spare you all the considerations (most of them practical and not particularly interesting), except to say that, like a chapter in a novel, this part of the story has run its course and there's the promise of something new: I'm working on a new project I hope to be ready to announce in a month or two.

Thank you for being a part of our exploration of the Laws of Making and their application to long-form writing.

Thank you for your kind attention and generous comments.

May the holidays bring you peace and joy. And influenced, I hope, by the ideas we've shared here, may you go into the new year resolved to make your world better.

Image: Photography by BJWOK /


  1. And I thank you for the insight into the Hero and Heroine's journey, and your thought provoking posts on the Laws of Making. There's a philosophical bent to your posts and I'm glad I got to read them.

    There's so much in the writing experience that must evolve, from beginner to novice to experienced, and your posts always made me see what was missing. So I thank you for providing the insight.

    Have a wonderful holiday season, and I look very much forward to what you have in store for next year.

  2. Enjoy your hiatus! I plan on doing the same in a couple days.


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