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"...but I can't believe I'm the only person who has slow
> times slow enough that I wouldn't be missed if I was gone for a few days.
> Do other companies go through the same thing?
> Absolutely other writers experience slow periods! And I think you would
> fully-justified in taking advantage of these times (after you've offered
> help other writers, that's cool of you) to study something you've been
> meaning to learn.
> Updating our skills is part of the job and makes us more valuable to our
> employers. I will admit this is a little easier for permanent employees
> than for contractors.