I Must Go Back

I take my title from Rebecca West, whom I quoted in the immediately preceding post. It’s good advice for me, too. 


Writing the roughly 170 posts on Traces since June has been great fun. I plan to keep posting here. But I really need to slow down the pace and turn my attention to other projects. As you can well imagine — many of you are bloggers, too — it’s one thing to throw a picture or succinct observation up on your site.


(I so “get” Twitter now. Retweeting something that took another person about 20 seconds to type is a great way to feel productive with no necessary expenditure of your own time and energy. It’s genius! And Twitter serves its purpose, I recognize that, so don’t think of me as a Luddite or curmudgeon.)


It’s another thing, though, to write something like Are You Awake? I’m especially pleased with and even proud of that post and others like it, because they incorporate ideas and emotions about which I feel deeply, all of it in a tightly constructed framework to which I try to lend some creativity and for which I have to do at least a little research. Posts like those require multiple hours, often up to a half a day of work.


It’s just too much, at least at this pace. Also, I keep saying that it does not matter if anyone reads what I write, but everyone including me knows that’s only partially true. I even have very well-intentioned friends and family who nonetheless do not have the time or possibly the interest to wade through all my musings and occasional silliness. Completely understandable, but a factor in motivation nonetheless.


If you’d like to continue checking back, please do, and of course those of you who are following Traces can just sit back and see what shows up in your inbox. I’m sure that our NYC adventure will continue to inspire many ideas for blog posts, and perhaps a few of you would be interested in seeing installments, even very rough drafts of sections, for the book project I hope to start now. There’s also the lecture on teaching coming up, and with respect to that, I’d be happy to share my analysis of the survey and what I plan to say about the differences between effective and inspirational teaching. Maybe another literary imitation or two? Plenty of material, in other words.


Traces has helped me with the initial stage of my transition from my teaching career — for which I will be in mourning for quite some time — to whatever’s next. I’m grateful for that and for you. So this is not goodbye, but see you soon: tomorrow? Sunday? Early next week? Sometime soon, I promise.


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