I’ve been fortunate enough to know a number of people who whose fortunes enabled them to take a sabbatical from working 9 to 5 to work on their passion. Writing their book is often one of the reasons, but other reasons have been: create the next-generation rowing machine; live for a year at Black Rock, Nevada between Burning Man festivals to do environmental study; travel eastern Europe the year after the Berlin wall fell; and help build a Tai Chi retreat in Big Sur. Each of these people left a bit tired and jaded with their work when they left, and came back invigorated with a new sense of purpose about the things they have to do to earn an actual living.

I’m going to do things in the opposite way—I’m going to take a year or so off from writing after I make Defriending the Librarian available to the public. I hope to not only get back the freshness that I felt early on in the days I was drafting Inside the Tall, Thick Book of Tales, but also to prepare things financially and organizationally so that I can turn around and take a true sabbatical from work to write a few novels.

During the interim I will take down this blog, deactivate my writing social network accounts, and generally go dormant until I decide its time to start it up again.

In the meantime, thanks for buying my books and stories, which will be available on Amazon.com through June of 2016. And stay tuned for my announcement of the general availability of the hard copy of Defriending the Librarian.

A.C. Birdsong, October, 2015