Announcing My Hiatus

This was not the post that I had intended to write this week. Rather, this is the post I intended to write at the end of the month. However, given the circumstances I have currently going on in my life and in the general world, I find it wisest to call the shot now rather than later:

I am going to take a little hiatus from blogging on Lola By The Bay. It’s going to be only for two months, so I’ll resume blogging on a weekly basis in December. Now originally, what I had planned was to only take November off, to give myself additional time to work on a few major writing projects that I have currently going on and are in development. But given the circumstances surrounding my commitment to “Forbidden Future(s)” this month – especially this coming week where I’m going to have really no spare time at all – I found it wisest to ignite the hiatus a month earlier than intended.

This is the first time I’ve done such a thing in nearly five years of blogging on here. While this might sound like a strange move that I am making for someone who blogs on a weekly basis, please understand that deciding topics to write about for each week is actually quite time consuming. It’s often something I have to plan out in advance. What I – as well as you – may have noticed in recent months is that I’ve been getting winded out more quickly, often having to resort to posting my “What Did I Miss?” posts one day early, to make up for not having anything for the week (as was the case last week). So if anything, you can say that the hiatus has been coming for a while.

So this is how this hiatus is going to work. I will not be doing my Saturday posts until December. However, that doesn’t mean I’m going to go completely dark on this blog/website. I still will do my “What Did I Miss?” posts, but starting this month and going forward, they will be on a monthly basis rather than weekly. So anything I write or appear on outside of Lola By The Bay will be compiled together into a list that will be released on the last Sunday of the month. So the next “What Did I Miss?” post will be on October 28th.

I also realize that next month with mark two years since An Absolute Mind was published. I will come back and post something acknowledging it either on the day of or near the anniversary.

This hiatus also does not mean I’m going to completely disappear from the Internet in general. You’ll still find me on Twitter and Instagram @akolaurenlola, where posting content is much more instantaneous. I’ll also write pieces outside of Lola By The Bay, but as it has been with my approach to other outlets, it will continue to be when I feel I have something to say.

I’ve always considered maintaining this blog a vital part of being a writer, but what I hope to use with the time I’ll have from this hiatus is to focus on what I want to do and write next. In one way, it feels like taking a hiatus is a bit risky. But I also know deep down that this is something I need to do.

Many thanks to everyone who has been reading along, whether right from the beginning or along the way. If anything, I hope you’ll use this time to maybe even go back and read my posts that I have posted over the years.

Otherwise, hang tight, for I’ll be back before you know it.

An Absolute Mind is now available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & NobleCreateSpace, iBooks, Kobo, Smashwords, etc. If you read it, please leave a review, for they’re greatly appreciated, they help me grow as a writer, and they help with getting other people to find out about it. Also, be sure to check out its Goodreads page, and feel free to leave any questions you have about the book.

Also, if you are able to, I hope you can go support me in all that I do by leaving a tip over on Ko-fi. I do a lot of writing that I get paid very little for or not at all, and so this is a way of showing your support other than just reading my content. Donations of varying quantities and frequencies are greatly appreciated.

Lastly, “Forbidden Future(s)” will having its run at Bindlestiff Studio from October 11th-20th. If you’ll be in live in or will be in San Francisco around that time and want to come see it, you can purchase your tickets here.

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