I’ve been posting a new chapter every week without a break for almost six months now, sometimes even when I was away. So I think you know this story is important to me. I spend a lot of time each week trying to make sure that it measures up to my standards, and also trying to make sure it will be interesting to you and keep you engaged as a reader.
I also spend a lot of time trying to come up with postings for the blog that I think you’ll find interesting or should think about (although I have to say there haven’t been many comments over there lately and that’s a little discouraging). Okay, so I’m whining about not being loved enough. It’s my blog so I get to do stuff like that 🙂
However that may be, I would like to spend Thanksgiving (November 21-27) and Christmas (December 19-26) with loved ones, not working on the story as intensely as I do most weeks. The question is how I can do that with the least possible disruption to the story for you. The truth is that some places in the story are better suited to a break than others.
For example, having just finished up Part II, this is a much more logical place in the story to take a break than Thanksgiving week itself would be. If I take a break from posting now, I’ll be able to get two chapters written up and finalized for you, which I can then post on November 21st and November 28th without feeling I’ve shortchanged you in any way. Similarly, if I take a break after posting on December 12, I would be able to get another two chapters written up that I could post on December 26 and January 2.
In short, I am thinking of not posting a chapter the week of November 14 and the week of December 19 as well. Instead of a chapter every week, you would have to wait two weeks for a new chapter twice during the next two months. I realize that may be hard for the more impatient among you, but it could also be a positive thing as well. You would have time to read the whole story from the beginning again 🙂
If you have a better idea or an enticing bribe feel free to let me know, either by commenting here or sending me an e-mail. I’ll be happy to consider some other alternative or even to drop the whole idea if I get get a lot of push back from you. But we’re getting into that time of year when spending time with friends and family is really the most important thing for all of us, including you. And, yes, I do consider most of you who have commented or been in touch with me to be friends so I apologize for this.
In any event, be honest in letting me know how you feel. Based on what I hear between now and Sunday, I’ll let you know what I’ve decided to do and finalize the posting schedule on Monday.