Today’s post is late, partly because I’ve been doing some soul-searching. Since Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 and Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 I have written 266 blog entries – one a day (and that’s not vitamins, either). Churning out a daily message for 8 months and 23 days. I’m proud of myself, but I’m also getting writing fatigue. I need some ‘me’ time for my novels.

I had intended to keep posting every day until December 30th, but we’re leaving for vacation tomorrow afternoon – two weeks in Italy. I was tempted to write and schedule 14 posts so that something would appear every day even in my absence from my office. Then I thought – why? It’s not like my work is so riveting folks will be fainting for lack of reading the blog. Could I have recycled some old material? Certainly. That’s not what my objective was, though. More to the point, I could have done 14 days of new stuff except that I didn’t want to stress myself out.

I admit that forcing myself to put fingers to keyboard – something without any inspiration. But so far, so good. I have a WordPress app on my tablet and on my smartphone and there’s wifi everywhere so I may get around to posting something periodically. I’m making no promises, though.

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Francesco, the manager of the B&B we’ll be staying at in Rome, said that the ticket arrived for my attendance at mass at St. Peter’s on Saturday. I am thrilled to bits, actually. So I’ll say some prayers and take hundreds of photos and chow down on great food along with liters of wine.

Being mindful that there are other things in life than meeting an artificial goal (no matter how laudable) that I set for myself, I will be suspending my daily posts until the day after we return (October 10th). I promise lots of great stories! As a wise man once said, “I’ll be back (October 11th).”