Break

I need a break.

Originally I needed a break from writing, so I went into my schedule and carved out a nice three weeks off. But I’m a few days in, and I need more. I need to take a break.

I need a break from Twitter.

I need a break from Facebook.

I need a break from Tumblr.

I need a break from the news.

I need a break from brexit.

I need a break from news alerts.

I need a break from Labour leadership contests.

I need a break from the echo chamber.

I need a break from the other, far scarier, echo chamber.

I need a break from being afraid and worried all the time.

I need a break from football transfer speculation.

I need a break from for.

I need a break from against.

I need a break from checking my sales.

I need a break from telling you all about my books.

I need a break from worrying about how my sales are going.

I need a break from guilt.

I need a break from gossip.

I need a break from being in fear of things I can have no personal impact on.

I need a break from 2016.

I need a break.

So, I’m going to take one. For a bit. I’ll be back, at some point. Hopefully some time away will let me work out how to come back and manage my time online a bit better. Because it’s all just … too much.

This isn’t a flounce. I’m not going for good. And yes, I’m painfully aware how lucky I am to be in a position to just shut the world out for a bit. I mentioned guilt above, right? But you might not be able to get hold of me for a bit. I just need a break.

I’m going to leave my accounts up, but I’ll be deleting my social media apps, all the news apps, my RSS reader, and I'll be blocking the websites I don’t need. I’m going to delete any podcasts about current events, and unsubscribe from a tonne of mailing lists.

See you all in a bit.

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