I have decided that, for the sake of my sanity (what precious little remains), I am going on official sabbatical from writing and teaching for the rest of 2008.
I could go on for pages about the reasons and the intended results, but to give you the short-short version: I need to take some time for internal work without worrying about external obligations and self-inflicted pressures. It's not fair to any potential students or readers of any new book I might produce to attempt to teach while I myself am a roiling ball of nerves, contradictions, anxiety, conflict, confusion, and selective seratonin reuptake inhibitors. It's also not fair to myself to stay so focused on the outward world that I neglect and allow to fall into ruin my inner world.
The good news for my intrepid readers here in the blogosphere is that I intend to keep writing for Dancing Down the Moon during my sabbatical. I do desire, and need, an outlet for my creativity and my spiritual adventures, both dark and light. So you're not quite rid of me. Let the bells ring out.
The problem is, the same creative lassitude that has worn away at my book projects has also made it difficult to find inspiration for blog entries. Once I think of something interesting to say, I have a good time doing so, but it's that initial spark that I'm lacking here at DDtM. And so, once again, I turn to my readers, who have been patient and inquisitive enough to supply me with Seed Posts and Seldom-Asked Questions in the past (and therefore kept this blog afloat while its author was bobbing about in the dark but extremely boring Sea of Ennui).
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to give me ideas for things to blog about. What sort of things would you like to read about on a Pagan blog? What have you always wished I'd talk about more, or at all? Are there any stories you'd like to hear from me? What subjects or ideas have been neglected by Pagan and spiritual writers, either online or in books, that you think could use some exploration?
I may use your idea, I may not. It may not be a subject I have any interest in, or may be something so beyond my realm of experience that I would have to do mountains of research just to half-ass a reply. It may serve as a springboard into something completely different. I do however appreciate any and all responses. Hopefully they'll serve as blogfodder for at least a few weeks as I wrestle my life back into some semblance of order and find my way through this strange and unfamiliar terrain.
Or I may just start posting nothing but pictures of my cat. Who knows?
(Okay, I won't do that. The post I did about Cosmo was probably the only one of its kind--he's not a terribly photogenic kitty, as he only knows two poses: sleeping on the furniture and licking his butt. His would be the most boring yoga class ever.)