Dormant We Grow

Dear Readers,

I’m taking a break from Underspecialized. A while ago I started this blog in order to do two things- write consistently, and do so publicly. Having stuck to that method, I’ve explored hundreds of topics, had lots of fun, and hope you have too. Thank you for all the support. I know reading’s hard, especially on the internet. And whether you did it because this was actually interesting or because you didn’t want to feel awkward next time I saw you and asked what you thought, Thank You.

Although it may be undue, I feel the need to give an explanation. In raw terms, I’m going back to school, working full-time, and have little energy to spare. Artistically speaking, I find having to write every week, nay, having to share what I write every week, constraining. Some things need to be incubated for longer periods of time in order to properly develop. But if I go down that line of thought, then there’s pressure for me to top Underspecialized with something even more ambitious. That may happen. But it may not happen (and that’s OK, too). It’s empowering to let something go without conditions, and to wait and see what happens (or doesn’t happen) organically.

Of course I’m afraid of stopping. But I’m also excited to see what happens when I do. This might be the end, or it might be a hiatus before returning in different form. We shall see. Hiatus, incidentally, comes from the Latin word hiare, which also means to yawn. Who knows, maybe it’s contagious?

Just the other day I was sitting under a tree when one of its leaves fell on me. Dead. Bright yellow. I felt sad and thought: it’s not a seed, why does it have to fall? (Because all summer this leaf was receptive to the sun). Its job is over, now it falls to the ground… maybe it will become compost for further growth.

Thank you from all my heart,
Gopher Padfoot

PS- in one last act of shameless self-indulgence, please look to the right at the archives for any posts you may have missed. : D

  1. #1 by cfults on September 29, 2014 - 1:56 pm

    so sorry to see you go but wish you the best.

  2. #3 by Brian Wegner on September 29, 2014 - 6:31 pm

    Hi Ben … hmm Mr Padfoot,

    It was a great run of Blog postings. Thanks for the entertainment, laughter, learning, and sharing yourself. I appreciate your honesty and it seems like you know how to stay sane and set boundaries for your time & energy. Good luck in your new adventures. You use the term incubate, some times I have used the term ferment when I have ideas that need time to develop.

    Keep on humming along,

    Brian (and Chris)

    • #4 by Gopher Padfoot on September 30, 2014 - 12:35 pm

      Dear Brian-Chris,

      Thank you so much for the kind words of encouragement. It’s good to know how you feel. I also really like the word ‘ferment’, perhaps some mental kombucha. Take care and I’ll be seeing you two soon.


  3. #5 by Parnell on October 25, 2014 - 3:56 pm


    I hope that this is just a hiatus and not the end. You are a very talented writer: your use of imagery, etc. is excellent. Style aside, the world needs more people like you who are willing to open themselves, bot the good and the bad, and share their wisdom with the world.

    Keep doing what you’re doing,

    • #6 by Gopher Padfoot on November 2, 2014 - 3:40 pm


      Thank you. My friend, it is good to hear from you. Where are you?



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