Naturally, she refers to her little hiatus as a “sabbatical,” which, according to dictionary.com, is “any extended period of leave from one’s customary work, especially for rest, to acquire new skills or training, etc.” Real scholars take year-long sabbaticals every seventh year or so to travel, study, or learn new things.
Wouldn’t that have been fun? Alas, the owl simply needed some rest.
Never mind that the break occurred smack-dab in the middle of her six-part series, Writing to Win. She’d been on such a roll! Part 1 argued that students who use advanced “info smarts” are the same ones who set the curve and succeed at college; Part 2 offered up a few advanced habits that all aspiring student-writers should adopt. Part 3 showed how details from advanced sources can strengthen the reader-writer connection.
On deck for Parts 4, 5, and 6 had been “Advanced Google Search Tips”; “RIYOBY – Research (Write) in Your Own Backyard” (a shout-out to our own amazing INSPIRE databases, IUPUI University Library, and Central Library); and “Advanced Source Round-Up,” featuring not-so-scary-after-all statistical and government sources. Writing to Win had been a slam-dunk – but the owl cut it short, just like that.
Ah, the irony. The series’ disappearance this summer proves what every writer knows: you can’t write to win if you don’t write at all. Apologies to anyone who’d been following the series; WTW may be a thing of the past but the happy owl, and Psssssst!, are back… and here to stay! Let us hear from you!