Summer Blogging Hiatus

Summer Blogging Hiatus

From July to August, I’ll be on a blogging hiatus much needed to write my dissertation and complete my studies. I won’t be completely absent, I’ll continue my Phoneography Project 365 as a little indulgence. All other post categories will be temporarily discontinued. Poetry 101 Rehab will move and be kindly hosted by Andy Townend. Thank you for your support and have a great summer!

64 thoughts on “Summer Blogging Hiatus

  1. We all need a break once in a while and your dissertation and studies are much more important than your blog. Have a good break away. See you in September!

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  2. Good luck with that dissertation, not that you will need any luck at all! We will miss you…and I will do my best to keep Poetry 101 Rehab going in your absence….

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  3. Best of luck with your dissertation, Mara, and enjoy your blogging free summer. I think it sounds like a fantastic idea, really. I adore this space and all it has to offer, but it’s so easy to feel bogged down by it.

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  4. Oh no… :/
    But I can’t be selfish! I did it too for less important reasons! 🙂
    Good luck and all the best for the dissertation! I will never be brave enough to tackle such an incredibly exhausting thing!

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    1. Thank you for your support, it means much to me! And don’t worry, when the time comes, you will be able to work towards achieving your degree, I’m sure it will come naturally to you!

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      1. Cool. I am a big fan of Scottish writers and I occasionally attempt to write in Scots myself. Hugh MacDiarmid is one of my favorite poets and Alasdair Gray’s Lanark is one of the greatest unsung epic novels of all time.

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        1. Wow, nice to find a fellow Scotophile 🙂 Lanark is, as it happens, my favourite novel of all times. I take a huge pride in having a copy signed by the author ❤

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          1. I am re-reading Lanark, 25 years after the first time I read it, in Paris, as the Berlin wall was coming down. It has that uniquely Glaswegian combination of throwaway erudition and subversive wit. My favorite epic novel (so far) is by a Czech writer—Robert Musil’s Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften—although it is closely followed by Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita and all of the above may be superseded one day by Roberto Bolaño’s 2666, which has been sitting temptingly yet dauntingly on my bookshelves for some time now.

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          2. That’s a fascinating reading list that you have here! I wish I had more time to read, but then it’s a common complaint, isn’t it 😉

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  5. Thanks for giving us another venue for our rehab, Mara! Have a well deserved break – I’m sure your dissertation will be fab! Well, as fab as any dissertation can be… xx Counting the days til your return – Mother Hen

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    1. Thank you very much for your kind words! No worries, Andy is stepping in and will keep the Rehab running, so the poetry Mondays are not going anywhere 🙂

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    1. Thank you for your encouragement! My summer has been quite stressful so far, but so it goes, right 😉 I know, I love the skeleton so much that I’m keeping it pinned on top of my blog page the whole summer!

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      1. Aye…so it goes. How is your writing coming along? A friend of mine is working on her thesis. It is on a book called “Waterland” by Graham Swift. I read a little swig of it and noticed a mention of eels and became very excited. Now an eel is a character I can really relate to.

        At first, in my eagerness, I misread what you wrote to say, “I love the skeleton so much that I’m keeping it pinned to my top (as in attire) the whole summer.” I became very jealous. I would like to have a skeleton as gorgeous as that pinned to my top all summer long…it might get cumbersome, maneuvering around a skeleton all the time, but well worth the sacrifice for such a gorgeous fashion.

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        1. Oh, Waterland! I haven’t read it (yet) but heard about it. An eel sounds good! And a skeleton as accessory even better 😀 Now I want a hat with a skeleton sitting on its brim!

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  6. Actually that is a BRILLIANT idea…I have an old tattered fisherman’s cap that would look gorgeous with a nice little skull hot-glued to it…I have the perfect skull of a gnarly old sea bird for it, too!

    P.S. Once I have finished “Waterland” I am back on to “1982 Janine,” by the way. I had to keep setting it aside because of the mountain of non-fiction library books I had to zip through. I have finally finished and WILL NOT check out more books until these two novels are finished. (I am on my way to the library right now, in fact- just to check IN some books of course.) This babbling really is terrible. I will stop. All the best. Looking forward to many photos of your new skeleton hat. Are you thinking of a little bat skeleton, perhaps? That would be cute. I really, REALLY need to stop now.

    Shalom!

    Autumn Jade Toad

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    1. I’ve read 1982 Janine about three times at least, it’s a book worth even more than one reading 🙂 I’m glad it captured your interest! Also, please send pictures of your skeleton adorned fisherman hat. Perhaps a fish skeleton would be appropriate? But I fear this logo might have been taken by another brand…

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