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I was supposed to return to my monthly Writer Unboxed column this month. But I’m not. Well… I’m here at the moment, but I’m only here to say that I’m not going to be here. Make sense?

But I have an excuse!

I love this community and it has been so fabulous to be a part of it. I owe plenty to this relationship with WU, and to its great members, and to the amazing Therese Walsh. So I’d like to explain why I’m leaving.

I seriously burned out last year trying to take on too many tasks in too many areas. And I sort of lost my voice (in just about all areas) along the way. Also went through a bout of depression that had the scary result of causing me not to enjoy making fun of myself. (I’m better in that regard, FYI. I’m a bumbling fool and it’s funny again.)

So this year I’m trying a different tact. No more blogging. Less social media. Less online stuff. More offline writing time. My writing isn’t honestly going as smoothly as it was before; I suspect it needs some serious attention to find my way again. I’ll also be working on videos, since that is a sort of therapy for me, but I decided that I don’t want to just do videos about writing. I feel like I told some of my key tales in that realm with the I’m a Failed Writer series. Now I’d like to branch out in all kinds of shameless directions so I can discuss very important things… like my little boy’s obsession with My Little Pony. To keep my life in balance, the videos will often be very short and the schedule won’t be too fixed. (I recently launched the intro episode of my new video series — The Scribbling Bucket — so if you want to follow these even-more-misdirected videos, you can visit my website and sign up by email or RSS.)

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Anyway, I hope y’all understand. This whole day job + family life + writing life + video making life + online life + social media life is just not doable for me. I’m about 3.5 lives overbooked.

Please feel free to check-in with me at any point. I’m most responsive on Twitter though I’ll eventually come around in other forms of communication.

Wish you all the best. In writing. And in the rest of life.

About Yuvi Zalkow

Yuvi Zalkow writes and worries in Portland, Oregon. His stories have been published in Glimmer Train, Narrative Magazine, Carve Magazine, and others. His first neurotic novel is now available. He is working on a second novel (about one Jew obsessed with napkins and another Jew in the Klan). He recently received an MFA from Antioch University, which makes him feel official.