Coming off of what was a highly emotional and draining weekend, the reality of the next few weeks is now staring me in the face. Here's the deal and why I won't be present here very much.
First, I've got a book manuscript deadline of March 15. Most of my waking and many of my working moments will be spent writing, rewriting, editing, revising, worrying about revising, worrying about editing, second-guessing ... you know, all the dysfunctional writerly things we do on shorter pieces that will only be magnified by a book-length project.
Second, I'm prepping for two talks this week -- one at Judson's President's Circle luncheon on Thursday and another about Thomas Merton for the Serra Club of Cleveland on Friday.
Third, I'm channeling a lot of my blogging energy into The Independent Journalist, which is rapidly picking up steam and subscribers.
Fourth, I'm working on my next two original reports for Creative Ink. The second report I hope to finish and post this week. Once again it's a lot of offline revising, editing, verifying, etc.
Fifth, I'll be spending a lot of time writing about my observations of the community engagement in the small schools transformation at Cleveland Heights High School for the KnowledgeWorks Foundation.
I've got some other miscellaneous assignments tossed in for variety, but I'm afraid my focus will have to be sharp. I'll have to curtail my mental wandering in this space for a few weeks.
Please be patient and stop back when you can. And know that I will catch up more frequently in a few weeks.