This morning, I had occasion to visit my very first post on this blog. That was way back in June of 2007, almost 8 years ago. Yes, I've been blogging for that long. Not as regularly as some, but I've been hanging in there.
This post, among other things, announced a bit of my motivation for starting the blog: I had just gotten a fellowship. And just in the nick of time: I had tenure review staring me in the face and one lousy article plus one revise & resubmit (one that I didn't know at the time would plague me for a full year). And I needed to finish a book.
So I figure that chronicling the first-book process would be cool, and that I'd actually have time to do it. And I did.
And then my post-tenure malaise set in, and blogging declined for... oh, half a decade or so. Inspiration waned. For everything. Until... one magical day, the shape of the next book -- the one that had been digging in its heels -- appeared fully-formed in my head. And I wanted to write it. But how? with what time?
And so I applied for fellowships again. Two long-shots.
And I got one.
So, next year, I am off to Fancy-Pants Institute (FPI) to write, write, write. A book, one hopes.
And maybe even a few blog posts.