July 21, 2003

By Michael Strickland


The day you all saw coming has arrived.

Between longer workdays, a growing social calendar and the mundane details of daily life, I can no longer keep up with this column on an even regular basis—to say nothing of a "daily" basis—and still even pretend to work on more viable writing projects. If I had a more financially stable job and a more "settled" social life, perhaps I could carve out time every day. But I need to expend my creative energies on getting my professional life back on track, instead of spinning my wheels here. This project has proven useful, but has outlived its usefulness.

I decided to stop short of saying I'm calling it quits, and have instead characterized this end as a "hiatus." As time allows, I will probably post the occasional rant, musing or anecdote. For now, you'll have to content yourselves with my travel writing site (which I'll keep active) or find another blog.

My last post, I suppose, made a fitting end to this daily endeavor. One of the first projects I'll return to with whatever time this hiatus frees up is my long-neglected short story, "Death Ship." I hit the wall with this story some time ago; it's time to break through, finish it and send it off to publishers. The same can be said of a number of other writing projects I've got floating in my own personal publishing purgatory.

To my handful of regular readers, I extend a heartfelt thank-you. And to those random Web surfers who just happened on by, thanks for the occasional email from left field. I hope you all have had as much fun with this as I have, and may we all look forward to my next production with anticipation.


©2003 Michael Strickland ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

What is "The Daily Strick"?

I have long called myself a writer, but too often I don't do what a writer must do daily: write. So you, dear reader, are the beneficiary of my resolution to make a positive change in at least one area of my life. Every single day of this new year (almost), I will write something, anything, and post it here. It is my intention to use this daily exercise to jump-start my too-long-dormant creative energies, and perhaps generate some worthwhile material this year. Hopefully you will find at least an occasional amusement or insight in my daily musings.

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July Columns:

7/21: Hiatus
7/17: Death Ship
7/16: The Da Vinci Code
7/15: Bad Moon Rising
7/14: Adios, Compay
7/13: Ty Odeh
7/10: Muse
7/6: Memories
7/4: On the Road Again
7/3: Onion Valley
7/2: Happy Independence Day
Previous months in The Archive

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