I decided to take August off, more or less, after TAM 2013, and decompress. I think I picked a good time. Scandal after scandal broke in the skeptical circles involving people I consider friends, colleagues and leaders. Social media was full of strong emotion, accusations and rhetoric. I started to respond. But I got very angry. I was getting drawn into that strong emotion, too. Then, I stepped away. Emotion makes people respond with unthoughtful comments they may regret.
These were not my issues. I support people based on their work, and am not so quick to punish them for foibles we all have. Shit, if we gave up on everyone just for their character flaws and mistakes, we’d have no friends or family left.
These were personal problems that I had no basis upon which to comment. This was no business of mine. So, sorry if some people thought I should have taken sides or said something. I had nothing to say in public that would have helped.
Instead, I went and read some of my backlog of books, kept making Doubtful News even better, and thinking about my goals and priorities. Things are going well. I’ve got a list of ideas and projects to pick from. Yeah, positivity is sooo boring. Keeping your thoughts to yourself doesn’t get blog hits. I’m not much for drama. It’s exhausting and unproductive.
I’ll be back on Virtual Skeptics in September and am still doing Sounds Sciencey and the Huffington Post pieces when I feel inspired. I was excited to get my Slenderman piece into Fortean Times. I’m never short of ideas, just time. Time to make a clone army of Sharons to do more. Maybe write a book…