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Where the &#!* have I been?

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Mark Arbour

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Thanks to those of you who have sent me e-mails, pms, or otherwise showed concern as to where the fuck I’ve been. To answer the first, most obvious question: I’m fine. Life has its challenges, and I have mine, but there’s nothing there that’s debilitating.

 

There are three major areas of my life that can impact my writing. My health/wellbeing is obviously one of those, but as I’ve said, that’s pretty good. The next one is the relative level of activity in my life, and I’ve had an awful lot to do. This looks to be a pretty active year for me. To do what Will does to JP, that means I’m busy. J The combined forces of work, home stuff, research, etc. are a bit crushing right now.

 

The third factor is my muse, or ability/desire to write. For some reason, that has temporarily left me. When I’m busy, but still want to write, I usually find time to do it, but my production fades. In this case, I really haven’t wanted to do much writing, so with the added pressures of real life, I’ve let my online life sort of drift unattended. And I’m finding that there’s really no fighting the relative apathy that envelopes me when I’m in this mode.

 

In the past, this has happened when I’m in a conundrum about a story, but I have a very clear idea of how I want to proceed with both of my series. With CAP, I have an idea of how I plan to end “Streak” and the initial parts and premise of the next story is already forming in my mind. With Bridgemont, it’s a bit more open-ended, but I have some pivotal events in store.

 

I’ve been feeling a bit more motivated lately, and I’ve actually done a little writing, but I’ve spent more time reading than anything, and that includes going back over my recent stories for reference. Spring Break approaches, so I hope that in the next month or so I’ll be productive again.

 

I really do appreciate all of you who read my stories and give me feedback, and I feel bad for leaving you in a lurch. At the same time, I know that you’ll understand life’s pressures, and how a perfect storm like this can really impact my writing.

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Mark

 

I  worried it was the first. I presumed it was the second. Strange as it may sound, I am glad it is the third.

 

The first is out of ones control as life goes on with or without us. The second is I think for you a good thing. It fills your time, Gives your life meaning and purpose, you know you are alive and kicking.

 

The third (your muse), will I am sure return you to us. You have your health. You have a meaningful life (family & work). With time, I have faith you will return to us.

 

Sandrewn

Fair winds and following seas

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Mark, thank you for the update. I know very well (quite personally in fact) how stressful some academic periods can get and how energy must be shifted from one side to the other to come up with papers, life etc. I really admire your writing skills and have no doubt that in due time you'll find again the way back to your writing for us.

Just a joke: a publisher I work with is based on the "Schlüterstraße" (Schluter-street) in Hamburg (Germany). I have now lots to deal with him, so I keep being reminded of our Californian family.

Take good care of life! Best regards,

JA

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We creative (and academic) types go through these funks.  For most of us, though, no one notices and the absence of our words is inconsequential to most.  But for wonderful writers like you, Mark, the absence in the lives of others is profound.  Take our collective concern regarding your absence as a deep sign of respect for the art that enriches our lives.  Enjoy your break!  Until that time when our pleasure centers will be titillated again .... ;-)

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It's great to hear from you, Mark, and know that it isn't a health thing that's keeping you away. I hope that things calm down for you soon and that you can meet with a bit more leisure. I'm using this time productively to re-read the Bridgemont series...hopefully all your other readers take the time to go back and savor what you've already done as well!

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Thanks for the update.  

 

Now get your shit together and start writing whenever you get a minute!

 

Please, pretty please!

 

Your devoted fans

including this old fart.

 

DDK

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You were gone? Ah... that's where all that free time I had came from...

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Thanks for updating us, Mark. I have no sage advice nor will I make a lame attempt to motivate. Just know that I will be one of the many who will wait as long as it takes. Cheers... Gary

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I'm glad to know you are well. We sometimes forget that favorite authors have lives outside GA and that they are human. We'll be here when you are ready and able to write again. In the meanwhile do what is necessary for yourself.

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You were gone? Ah... that's where all that free time I had came from...

 

Seriously...

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You did warn us that there would be some delays - so, whilst missing both stories, 

I was not unduly worried.

I am delighted to read that you are well and look forward to the next chapters of both stories - in due course.

I have enjoyed reading all your stories - you are one of the most accomplished authors and I sincerely thank you for sharing your writings with us all.

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Life happens to all of us.

 

Thank you for all that you have given us so far. Tons and tons of high quality writing has taken a big chunk out of your time and we do appreciate that.

 

Good to know that it's not a health issue.

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As a retired academic, I can certainly understand and sympathize with your situation.  There were times when the ideas just didn't come and I couldn't stand to sit at my desk and stare at a computer screen that stubbornly refused to fill itself with the words I needed.   I hope your Muse returns soon.  Meanwhile, best wishes!  -Oz

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G'day Mark

I am so happy that your health is mostly OK

I have been checking for story updates  by you several times a day

Should have checked this Blog more oftern

Miss your writings and look forward when you are feeling that you can start writing again

It will help this little aussie in a remote part of Australia feel less remote

Thank you Mark

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OK - While I understand life happens and sometimes writing just does not, I think it is time we rustle up a posse and go out and find Marks muse and return it to him!

 

Who is with me?

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Mark,

I'm very sorry that your not in the mood to write. I really miss the regular updates for Bridgemont; I think that it is a great sorry. I look forward to regular updates, I hope that they are sooner rather than later! Thank you for hours of fantastic reading enjoyment!

Jim

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I have come to the conclusion that our beloved George has been lost at sea.  He couldn't possibly have carried enough provisions on board to last this long.

R.I. P. George

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