Taking a Break

It will continue to be bloggus interruptus around here for a while. There are two main reasons for this. One is simply that I have two books under contract, both of which must be at least substantially done by the time school starts up again at the end of August. That means I am already spending many hours a day trying to make words appear on a screen. Makes it hard to work up the enthusiasm for blog writing on top of that.

But the other reason is simply that I’m feeling a bit burned out. There’s been plenty of blog fodder recently, but I just flat haven’t felt like writing about it. For example, here is Michael Ruse conceding that after years of reflection and two books on the subject he still has not managed to find a convincing way of reconciling the lack of direction in evolution with the human exceptionalism of traditional Christianity. Quite an admission, but somehow I could not work up any enthusiasm for writing an actual blog post about it. And that means it’s definitely time for an official break.

Let me take this opportunity to thank all of the commenters and private e-mailers who have given me valuable feedback on things I have written here. In many cases I have been led to reconsider some of my arguments and beliefs based on insightful comments left by readers. (Of course, in other cases I am more certain than ever that I am right and my critics are wrong!) My book on evolution and creationism, which continues to progress slowly but surely, has been greatly enriched by these conversations.

EvolutionBlog shall return … eventually.

Comments

  1. #1 Peter
    June 30, 2010

    :(

  2. #2 Pierce R. Butler
    June 30, 2010

    2 books in 2 months, and (it sounds like) relatively little opportunity to pad at least one with lots of steamy sex scenes.

    Unless you’ve been holding out on us about the prospects of creo conventions as pick-up sites, yeah, you do need to get tappin’ on that keyboard…

  3. #3 Thony C.
    June 30, 2010

    We will be here…probably

  4. #4 Physicalist
    June 30, 2010

    Good luck with the books. (If you can write two in two months, I should be able to write one in that time, right?)

    See you when you get back.

  5. #5 roddg
    June 30, 2010

    Looking forward to your return.

  6. #6 Cornish
    June 30, 2010

    Don’t stay away long.

  7. #7 Ned Rosen
    June 30, 2010

    Good luck with the books Jason. We’ll miss you while you’re gone.

  8. #8 Jerry Coyne
    July 1, 2010

    Best of luck with the books, and don’t stay away too long!

  9. #9 fyreflye
    July 1, 2010

    Good luck with the books; I’m keeping your site bookmarked for your return. But don’t get so busy that you don’t have time to visit the cat shelters.

  10. #10 David D.G.
    July 1, 2010

    Sorry about your burnout, Jason, and I hope that you get past it soon (or at least soon after the books are done).

    I have missed your excellent blogging on creation/evolution issues, and I look forward to your eventual return to it. Until then, good luck with the books, and I’ll keep checking in to look for new writing from you.

    ~David D.G.

  11. #11 John Farrell
    July 1, 2010

    Best on the books, Jason. In the middle of a more modest project myself, so I know what you’re going through. X 2??

  12. #12 tyaddow
    July 3, 2010

    I look forward to reading your books and reading your blog again upon your return. Best of luck.

  13. #13 Spartan
    July 6, 2010

    I’ll miss your posts but enjoy your summer!

  14. #14 prn
    July 7, 2010

    I hardly ever say anything, but I have found your posts thought-provoking and worth reading. I’ll miss you while you’re gone.

    Paul

  15. #15 Kevin (NYC)
    July 7, 2010

    just as long as you don’t come back as CreationBlog again…

    Have a great summer and come back after school starts and you get settled in…

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