Reflections on My Hiatus

December is here and my hiatus is officially over. It’s hard to believe I’ve been away so long from blogging on my website already, but then again, the fact that I posted four times during my hiatus definitely shakes the reality of it. Looking back on the past two months, I now see how I chose a pretty good time to step away for a bit, for things have been quite hectic both in the world and in my life.

In the time since announcing my hiatus, two more major mass shootings occurred here in the U.S. (in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Thousand Oaks, California), and there is still no effort being made towards establishing common sense gun regulation laws by the people in power. Fortunately, the faces of our representatives are going to experience major changes in the coming year. Thanks to the huge turnout at the midterm elections, we are getting several new people in Congress; many of whom are women of color. A change is about to occur, and in times like these, this has been highly needed.

One can only hope that these new representatives can also make a change in how the U.S. as a whole handles climate change, for that was a major issue over in the state of California. The worst wild fire in the state’s history happened a few hours north of where I live, and as a result, I among many others wore masks everywhere we went for nearly two weeks before the rain finally came.

In the creative, entertainment, and geek communities, a major loss was experienced when Marvel co-creator Stan Lee passed away at the age of 95. While I’m not that into the Marvel franchise, I do admire him for creating so many characters that people across generations got to relate to and enjoy; and the fact that he got to witness the joy his creations brought to others is something I’m glad he experienced in his lifetime.

This musical chairs of headlines was going on in the midst of everything I had going on in my life. “Forbidden Future(s),” my fifth production at Bindlestiff Studio and my first one performing onstage, had a successful run, with half of the performances being sold out. It was a long, strenuous experience, which is why the weekend after the show closed, I retreated to Monterey for a few days. It was my first time to the coastal town in over a decade, and like my hiatus, it felt very well-timed.

As I had mentioned when I originally announced my hiatus, I really wanted to use the time away from the blog to figure out what to do and write next. Within the past month, that want became a reality as I took on a freelance writing gig for a film festival (with the pieces I wrote set to be published within the coming week), and I devoted loads of time into working on writing the Absolute Mind screenplay. I’ve been keeping myself busy, with surprises happening here and there; especially a few days ago when I was offered a trial for a full-time position at a non-profit I love.

As if you couldn’t tell already, I really benefited from this time away from the blog. To go nearly five years of blogging every week non-stop was bound to have its repercussions sooner or later. While I feel refreshed and ready to get back into the routine now, I think that going forward, I won’t push myself as much when it comes to blogging on this website; especially when I have so much to do. I’ll still blog on a weekly basis, but perhaps in the future, maybe every other year or so, I’ll take a month off from blogging, so that I won’t get burnt out again. I’m only one person after all.

So thank you for your patience as I took time away to recuperate. Now, despite the circumstances, let’s at least finish this year on a high note!

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