I've written this post in my head more than a dozen times in the past few days, but that isn't making it any easier.
I've decided to take a leave of absence from Book By Book. This was a very difficult decision for me to make because I really enjoy this blog and the connections I've made with other book lovers here. I've been struggling the past few months with a prolonged flare-up of my chronic illness. At the same time, 2009 was a terrible year for freelance writers, with lots of magazines cutting back or even folding all together.
In taking a hard look at my goals for 2010, I've finally admitted that I'm overloaded right now, and I need to focus on two things: my health and my freelance writing. As much as I've enjoyed writing this blog, it has grown more than I expected and is not only time-consuming but is also non-paid writing.
I don't plan to disappear, though! I will still visit other book blogs, to satisfy my love of interacting with other book lovers and sharing what I've read. And I will still occasionally post a review or other bit of book news here - I just need to eliminate the daily commitment for the short term. I also plan to maintain my other book blog, Great Books for Kids and Teens, because that does fit in closely with one of my paid writing jobs. I hope to be able to resume Book By Book at some point in the future.
Thanks to all of my readers for your wonderful support and friendship. This isn't good-bye but just...See You Later!