I’m still out of town, still dealing with the stuff that took me away a week ago. (I’m not going to go into details—as Miles wrote over on tumblr, I’m a fairly private person, and I don’t really want to discuss my personal life and family on public media.)
However, since this has now come up repeatedly, I want to explain a little about what my absence means for Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men in the very short-term, and to address a few specific questions and comments we’ve received.
First of all: I’m working really hard to make sure that my professional obligations—here and elsewhere—are either covered while I’m gone or addressed publicly when they’re not; as well as bringing a mountain of work along with me. My reliability and professional reputation are my livelihood, and I take commitments seriously. When I say that I’m “away,” understand that I am still writing, art-directing, and editing every single thing you see on rachelandmiles.com. I am still covering the social media feeds and moderating the comments on the blog. I’m editing video in cars and writing copy on flights and in the middle of the night in hotel bathrooms so that I won’t keep anyone else up. I’m carrying my laptop around with me so that I can use any down time I have in the midst of a very difficult situation to get work done, because that is kind of how it works when you are a freelancer.
So, when you send an an anon ask on tumblr “reminding” me that I “forgot” to put up this week’s visual companion: No. I didn’t. (And in fact, I actually addressed that one directly in the relevant episode write-up, but that’s sort of a secondary point.)
Trust me: I already know that you would like visual companions to every episode to go up in a timely manner. I would also like that.
I am so acutely aware of every deadline that I’ve had to extend, and every article that I’ve had to defer or decline. Miles and Tina have been awesome about filling in where it’s feasible, and I’m tremendously grateful to Elisabeth for guest-hosting this week, but the podcast and blog are my job in a way that they really aren’t any for of those folks; and that means there are things that don’t or can’t happen if I don’t do them–which, in turn, means that I’m having to make some difficult choices right now.
I’m incredibly and continually grateful to have a community as patient—and respectful of my privacy—as you have been. Once again, I’m really sorry for the disruptions to the regular schedule and content. And once again, I’m doing my best to minimize those where I can, and address them publicly where I can’t; and I’ll continue to do both of those for as long as this extends.
I’m hoping to be back in Portland and back up to full speed by early next week; meanwhile, thank you again—this time in advance—for your understanding.