Breaks are nice

31 12 2008

I normally don’t get a break during my break from Christmas through New Year’s.  I get all this time off, yet I find myself working non-stop on all the things I want to do yet don’t have time for while my actual work is going.  This year is no different.

So I’ve taken a couple of weeks off from writing on this blog if you haven’t noticed.  I’ve used this time to work on a side project, of which some of you are aware.  I’ve spent a TON of time with my kids.  I worked on completing a structure I’m building in my backyard.  I spent several evenings working on a semi-unique walnut cracker.  [For those who don’t know, it is almost impossible to adequately crack a walnut without crushing the nut.  Maybe I’ll do a complete post of my invention with pics sometime!]  I cut some firewood, worked on my car, and directed some of my efforts into fixing an old air compressor.  Much of the rest of my time was devoted to completing Oblivion — which wasn’t helped by the installation of ALL the official mods last night.  I can’t imagine what I was thinking.

I’ve missed writing here.  As strange as it may sound, I’ve really become hooked on my writing.  Several times every day something cool enters my mind and I think, “Hey!  I need to blog about that!”  I would say less than 10% of those ideas ever make it to the screen.  Which is the way writing is supposed to be, I suppose.  This little break has done me some good.  It’s allowed me to reflect on what sort of things I *want* to be writing about.  I’ve taken a bit of time to re-read some of the posts I’m proudest of and scrutinized what it was about them that I liked.  My New Year’s Resolution is to write the stuff that makes me proud more often.  I will endeavor to make that happen.

It seems odd, but just a year ago I would have never thought that anyone would ever care to read anything I had written.  And in fact, I thought I wouldn’t want them to.  My thoughts.  My own personal opinions that mean nothing.  Why even start a blog?

But this little space has brought me such joy.  For the first time in my life I’ve enjoyed writing.  I know some of my posts have been entirely too long or too pointless to be enjoyable to the reader, but that’s part of the learning process, isn’t it?  And I’ve learned a lot.  Let’s see if my writing gets any better this year!

Thanks for reading.

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