Hi everyone. Since moving to Patheos, my posting rate has dropped precipitously. I apologize for that. Last semester I rather unwisely scheduled my classes in ways that made writing very hard for me. Most of my weekdays were too tightly packed with teaching and traveling to write even if I wanted to and I had too many late nights and early mornings to ever catch up on sleep adequately, even if I wanted to. Additionally, I taught two entirely new classes which required me to constantly be mastering a lot of new readings well enough to lecture on them. And in addition to the seven classes I originally signed up to teach, I took on an eighth (also with brand new lectures to prepare) for half the semester when another professor fell ill. And about 6 weeks into the semester I got my heart broken pretty badly when my girlfriend, with whom I had fallen pretty deeply in love without even fully realizing the extent of it, broke up with me. (And trying to be friends with her without first getting over her just prolonged and worsened the pain in a lot of ways.) All that, combined with the all the mental energies my teaching was demanding and all the difficulties I was experiencing finding time to rest, just exhausted me and made it hard to concentrate on, or be very passionate about, the kinds of issues I typically blog about.
Then the last 6 weeks I was snowed in with eight classes’ worth of grading, a visit with family, a hunt for a new apartment, packing, and the intricacies of launching my own online non-matriculated classes for the first time while preparing for my new semester of traditional university classes. Plus the heartache became especially intolerable around the holidays and throughout most of winter break while I had a lot of time alone and was no longer running around all day with opportunities to be distracted.
Now my real world classes and all but one of my online classes are up and running. And my heart is healed enough to where I am able to think about other things again. It’s helped enormously to teach myself to conscientiously look for and embrace what I can have in life rather than what I cannot (as I wrote about a week and a half ago). And my stuff is all packed up. I am just writing this as I wait for the movers, who are an hour late.
I’ve missed blogging a ton. I suffer something analogous to withdrawal when I don’t write every day. Tonight, soon as I get minimally settled at the new place, it will be time to make Camels With Hammers a daily blog again. Thanks to countless of you for your patience, loyal readership, and personal support these last few months. Please come by every day this week. It encourages me to write more!