Friday, October 28, 2011

Munk on Sabbatical

"Piss on the fire, call in the dogs, head it on back to Bowlegs."

Munk needs to focus less on blogging and more on noveling. This post, therefore, is the last you will see posted on my blog for what may be a very long time, years even.

Yes, of course I will miss your comments. And yes, of course I care. I will try to stop by your places from time to time, I promise. Please stop looking at me that way, yer breakin' my heart. I just can’t keep blogging right now guys, my family and work justifiably take the lion’s share of my time, and the truth is, Booker is in trouble—he needs me.
So, here’s the deal, should you wish to converse, and/or share critiques on queries or manuscripts, email me at I would love to hear from you. For any new visitors… here are a few popular bygone posts…
Sweet Munk Nothings
Emperius Rapturius
Damn that Munk
Munk Rules

If anyone asks, tell them I’m writing.

Munk’s opening line…
By turning the page, he had turned on the world.
Munk's "Opening Line" is yours to keep, use it. Munk

Music: The Nerny-Nerny-Nert-Band: Bowlegs
Munk out.


Rusty Carl said...

Thank you Munk, I came late, and not often enough. But I hate to see you go for such an extended time. Take care of all your real life stuff though, that's whats really important.

Luanne G. Smith said...

I COMPLETELY get it. Though I do hope to see you around once in awhile. I'll miss your snark, you jackwagon. Best, best, best of luck with the novel.

JF said...

No way. No way. I'm finally returning and you're leaving? (Sabbaticals don't last years, btw: that's just getting fired.) And it's known to be bad luck to announce a blog retirement on your blog. Yeah, I made that up but it *could* be. Why risk it? Now I don't even care who wins the World Series, and I sort of did a few minutes ago. Alright, take sabbatical. Just not for years, ok?

Sub Radar (Mike) said...

Oh dear :[

At least stop by once a month and say hi...

Suze said...

Munk, I was thinking about syntropy, today. Is this what Booker's about? Because if so, I think you're onto something with broad reach and consequence.

I love interacting with you on Blogger. And Blogger takes up a lot of my time but I choose to give it, and that's the truth.

In any event, you know where your priorities lie, and you have to order them and then follow through. I wish you all kinds of Godspeed with your manuscript. Your posts will be missed but never forgotten-- for however long you're away.


-Suze (the kind... and the brave)

The Gaelic Wife said...

Okay... I'm just being a selfish twit buuuut do you really have to go? And a sabbatical is usually for a finite amount of time. A year. Max.

I'll miss the way you have of making me think about things in a different way. You can drag me out of my own private [insert name of favorite state]. And you have such fabulous opening lines. Speaking of, here's my take on yours.

"By turning the page, he had turned on the world. The last sentence carried over by five words, 'I think of Dean Moriarty.' With the book still open in his hand, the writer sank back into the softened leather of his lounge chair; the old angst and desire of his teenage years that he felt during his first reading of Kerouac spread over him. His literary wanderlust pressed on his chest with an urgency unfelt in two decades. 'Perhaps I've been going about this backwards,' he said aloud to no one. Sitting up quickly on the edge of the chair he continued, 'the first shall be last and the last shall be first.' The epiphany shone on his face. 'That's it! You have to write the last line first! Know the outcome before you set the stage!' Angst morphed instantaneously into euphoria. He knew what he had to."

Steve MC said...

But... but I just got here. Ack.

Really, you know what you need to do, and you're doing it.

I wish you all the blessings of discipline, insight, perseverance, wisdom, magic, poetry, and humor, and whatever else you need along the way.

dbs said...

Do what you've gotta do. We'll be here.

K.C. Woolf said...

*puppy eyes*

No, seriously, I applaud you. I'm in a similar place at the moment, where I need to focus on my true priorities.

If anyone asks (and they will!), I'll tell them you're writing.

See you around! :-)

Nance said...

Well, hell. Just got here. Gonna stay stubbornly. Why not?

Munk said...

@R-thanks-keep writing.
@LG-for better or worse, my snark is one of my more enduring qualities. I see you.
@JF-Superstitions only play in baseball and love. I'm safe. You know we'll stay in touch.
@SRM-I will definitely keep stopping by to experience your eclectic.
@Suze-Yes dear Suze, syntropy... "the innate drive in living matter to perfect itself," Booker II = entropy. Thanks for all of your brilliant thoughts.
@TGW-Thank you deeply for the compliments. By the way, my opening lines pale in comparison to where you take them. When writing the opener this week I hadn't thought of Jack, now I can think of nothing else.
@MC-I love that you sent blessings. I'll pocket them and use them along the way.
@dbs-"things one should never outgrow": doing what you've gotta do.
@KC-brutal focus
@N-consider yourself always welcome, pull up chair, make yourself comfortable.

Theresa Milstein said...

I just found your blog and you're taking a break?!

Good luck writing. It's going to be a quiet time in November with NaNo anyway. I assume any post I write this month will have about 3 readers.

Intangible Hearts said...

Munk- I should be doing the same thing and of course... well, my real name is Eve. I guess that explains everything. Please visit and see my minor mention....

Dr. Mohamed said...

We'll miss ya, Munk. Best wishes with the writing!

triles said...

I'll miss the regular dose of Munk, but I hear ya man. Just know that your writing here was good, it made an impact on readers, this one in particular.

Syntropy is my next book, so I'll be in touch.

triles said...
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Suze said...

You must get the book out. We're two links on a long chain of scribes with seeing eyes.

I support you.

Dawnelle said...

Munk is all mine...all mine....ok, I'll share (sometimes).

Booker needs you Munk, he deserves you. Give it all you got and then some. He will give back, I just know it.

Nice words Suze. :)

Munk said...

@TM-Glad you found it, and I love writing.
@TDR-Thanks for the mention! I was tempted.
@MM-Thanks MM
@TR-Your compliments are industrial strength. Hope you enjoy Syntropy, all comments welcome, do your worst.
@Suze-weird and lovely.
@Dawnelle-lovely and weird... I'm surrounded.

Marsha Sigman said...

What the hell? I get it, I get it. Having a hard time myself some days.

Oh well, I will just email you stalk you.

Good luck!

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Lame. What will I do without my dose of Munk? I demand that you publish your book a.s.a.p. so that I can have Booker for my own. No one can write chemicals like a chemical engineer.

You know...we have something in common. I took three years of undergraduate work in the chemical engineering program before I decided that I didn't want to work with other engineers and changed my major. I think, however, I could have worked with you.

Lydia Kang said...

Go take care of Booker. We'll be around if and when you're ready to come back. Take care Munk!

Munk said...

@MS-Stalkers and gawkers welcome.
@MO-Shaking the bush boss, shaking the bush. Chemical engineers are a bit of an odd breed. Looking forward to SLIPSTREAM.
@-Will do Lydia, thanks for everything... looking forward to THE FOUNTAIN.

D.G. Hudson said...

Good Luck with the writing, Munk.

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

Going to miss you!! And I was just getting to know you. I may have to stalk you via email. So don't be surprised. :)

Anonymous said...

Aw Munk. OK.

Munk said...

@DG-Thanks, so far so good. Loving it.
@SKQ-Bring on the stockings.

Jayne said...

Oh Munk, I'll miss reading your posts, but I get it (really, I ought to do the same and get the hell serious about the whole process), you must tend to your babies. Best of luck with it.

Looking forward to when Munk is back in. ;)

Pinecone Stew said...

Have a SUPER week, Munk !

dbs said...

Still here.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Merry Christmas my favorite Munk

Jayne said...

Hey, Munk, Happy New Year! Hope you're enjoying your sabbatical. :D

Suze said...

Miss you.

dbs said...

Still here.

dbs said...

Still here.

dbs said...

Still here.

Dawnelle said...

dbs is not going away! I like the dedication and persistence. Impressive!

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Here's your heads up that "sabbatical" only lasts one year. Yours ends in a month. You better be back Mr. Chemical Engineer biatch.

Munk said...

MO-Sabbaticals are longer for Chemical Engineers, we are overachievers.

Suze said...

It's almost a year. That was fast. Enjoyed seeing all the repeat commenters on this, now -- self with multiple avatars included.

Hope all is well.

Mina Burrows said...

I hear ya, Munk. I'm suffering from the same dilemma. I'm still glad I stopped by to check out your blog. :)

dbs said...

Still here. (Happy New Year.)

Munk said...

Cheers dbs!
Writing today.

dbs said...

Ok. This is officially no longer a sabbatical.

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