This year's narcissistic celebration is bittersweet, for reasons I'll explain at the end of this post, but here, as has been the tradition in 2005-06, in 2006-07, in 2007-08, and in 2008-09, is the best of Living the RomCom's past year ("best" meaning, in most cases, the posts that proved most popular and/or perhaps the most useful to the blog's readers):
ROMANTIC COMEDYRomantic Comedy or What?
Hopefully this (including the blogoversary links at the top, and the past year's "Million Dollar Screenplay Tips" found in the sidebar to the right, you've got all my blogging bests on tap) should keep both the casual and the obsessed visitor busy. Which is meant to offset:
AN AU REVOIR
Living the RomCom is going on a long semi-hiatus.
Meaning: Although I'll be checking in to answer comments, when/if they appear, and compulsively keeping the sidebar stuff current, I generally won't be posting. I may pop up for the rare event that absolutely demands rom-com commentary (e.g. We will have the 6th Annual Asta Awards this December). But other than that, I'm out of here.
Was it something you said? No, here's the thing: For the past few years, while holding down a full-time job as a studio story analyst, teaching, doing script consults, occasional screenplay rewrites, and blogging, I've been struggling to get a second novel underway. And I've concluded that it can't be done.
This summer I'm clearing everything out of the way of Novel #2, and I hope to keep the path clear (excepting the unavoidable paycheck gig) until at least next summer; it may well be longer.
The effect should be both pragmatic (more time!) and psychological: I believe I'll work toward completion with more fervent dedication when no one can read what I'm writing until it's published. Plus, writing a novel's first draft is, I think, a bit like mountain-climbing: Take your focus off it for more than a moment, and... it's a long way down, let alone a painful path back up again.
Having enjoyed your company and been nurtured by your support since June 27, 2005, I'm sad to let Living the Romantic Comedy go. I know I'll have blog withdrawals, so it'll help to know you folks are with me in spirit as I start the long ascent. Do keep me in your loop - and wish me luck in my endeavor as I wish you the best in yours.