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May 06, 2005
Taking some posts down
Because of my desire to use some of them in my book in progress, I've decided to take some posts down. They are older, most of them, and they'll have to do with the Mojave and/or Joshua trees and/or associated organisms. Some links may rot as a result of my changes to the site. I'll try and fix those rotten links when I have time.
Posting from here to Monday will be sparse to non-existent. Posting from Monday through the 20th of May will be non-existent to impossible, as I'll be out in the Mojave and the Grand Canyon. Posting after the 20th may depend on whether I decide to come back, and whether my life still has room for a blog if I do. (This has been an odd week for me, what with deciding to end a decades-long friendship and all. It may be that blogging is one a them whatchacall multlplying factors making my life less sustainable.)
In any event, I come back from the desert to a looming deadline at the Journal, which doesn't let up until the end of June. At which point I'll definitely want to go back to the desert.
I'll be closing comments on all posts on Monday. Nothing personal, unless you're a spammer. See ya.
Posted by Chris Clarke at May 6, 2005 04:04 PM
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Curiosity asks: "What decades-long friendship?"Posted by: Carrie at May 6, 2005 04:42 PM
With Jesus. Couldn't stand the guy. Always whining.Posted by: Chris Clarke at May 6, 2005 05:00 PM
Yuks aside, your post sounds kind of...terminal.
I do hope you'll continue to write here, as it's a selfishly easy way for me to access your writing.
I've never been to the Mojave. If you think of it, some night, when the stars are shining down and the quiet is right on the edge of deafening, tell it I said hello.
Thanks, Chris. It's been real.Posted by: tost at May 6, 2005 06:50 PM
Oh nooooo... I just got here. I read a lot, but this is almost the only blog I feel really drawn to, for the whole package of writing quality and subject matter and attitude and the little community of people who converse through comments here and these great photos. And I am having the best time crawling through your archives.
I don't mean to be presumptuous -- obviously, you should do what you want about this. But there's no real reason to declare an end (unless that event has taken on some importance to you for some reason). Obviously, you're entering a span of time when you won't be posting much or at all, maybe indefinitely. Still, I'm sure I'm not the only one who would check back periodically on just the chance that we'd find some new bit of yourself that you decided to put out here.
If you still write (and even after just a brief time here, my mind reels at the notion of you not writing), and you like for people to read your writing, and clearly there are a bunch of us who are happy to read your writing, then why would there not be room in your life for even the possibility that you might like to blog a little?Posted by: NYSusan at May 6, 2005 07:38 PM
Don't freak out, guys. True, I don't think I've gone through more than three days since May 2003 without thinking of chucking the whole blog thing, second-guessing my reasons for writing and all that. But what I'm thinking of now is whether I should take a more measured approach to what I write, less off the cuff, more of the kind of writing I started the blog to let myself do in the first place. Less of the politics, more of the nature.
I haven't even mentioned the Creek in weeks.Posted by: Chris Clarke at May 6, 2005 07:45 PM
What Tost said goes for me too, hello to the deafening silence. And, thanks to NYSusan for writing what I would have.
You're a great writer, Chris. We went and bought Earth Island Journal and think that your efforts are just so important. This blog is one of my favorite places to come just to read something that I know will be poetic, deeply-considered, heartfelt, and genuine. If you turn it off, we'll miss you, but we sincerely respect your vision, how ever it shows itself.
Have a great journey to the Grand Canyon.
thanks for all the good stuff. you are a whopper of a human, and a great writer. enjoy the canyon. that place you're staying the first night looks nice.
several of us may well think of you once in a while next week, hiking, or looking at a bird, bee, snake, flower, rock, sky, lizard.....oh you know.Posted by: dread pirate roberts at May 6, 2005 08:06 PM
Chris: oof. Have a good break. I did say hello to your creek on the train on Wednesday; didn't quite have time to sketch it...Posted by: Pica at May 7, 2005 03:38 AM
Well, might as well fill up your comments with spam while I still can.
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(in slightly more seriousness, I hope your break from blogging won't also mean a complete cessation of commenting -- you're the best durn commenter on the internets, you know)Posted by: Alex at May 7, 2005 12:33 PM
s/cures/causesPosted by: Chris Clarke at May 7, 2005 12:39 PM
Oh, Chris. Please keep writing here ( . . . she says, with a mouth full of hypocrisy). You've no idea how much I'd love a return to your nature writing. The politics are inspiring, and necessary, and very, very good, but it's hard to write poetry through vitriol, however impassioned it may be. I've missed the Creek, and I'm hoping you'll come back sodden with stories - or at least images - from the Grand Canyon.
Have a wonderful trip.Posted by: Siona at May 7, 2005 10:58 PM
I am so bummed out. Don't leave us now, Chris. Just .. don't. Besides, if you do leave, I promise to never show you my ginormous wart with its three hairs that I braid together when I am alone, so there!
GrrlScientistPosted by: GrrlScientist at May 8, 2005 12:07 PM
I hope you have a wonderful trip, and come back all rested with stories to share (and blog).
It's been a tiring week for everyone.Posted by: Rana at May 8, 2005 02:14 PM
Can't a tortured martyred artist indulge in a little public self-flagellation without his friends getting all like maudlin on him and stuff?
(translation: I KISS YOU!)Posted by: Chris Clarke at May 8, 2005 04:30 PM
Safe trip to you, and enjoy yourself!Posted by: Ron Sullivan at May 8, 2005 04:53 PM
A quick hello and goodbye, and a BIG hope from a complete stranger that you'll continue blogging. I enjoy your posts very much -- especially those about Place and our place in Place, and the Mojave and Joshua Tree and the few wild places left to us.
Of course, you must do what best sustains your life, but please don't think that your ruminations here are unheard or unappreciated.