It wasn't an easy decision. Aside from the financial impact for our household, which is noticeable (but thankfully manageable), I'm sad to be leaving ASST and ASAM. I really like my colleagues in both programs, and I'm tremendously supportive of the work they do; I think the programs do so much for the university and for our students. I plan to keep attending their events and helping out as I have time.
But I have been feeling so pressed for time lately, and writing has been something that happened in the crevices, where I could squeeze out an hour here, an hour there. The hope here is that by going to two-thirds time with my day job (just teaching two classes / semester), it'll free up at least ten more hours a week for writing. Right now, that's the main thing I want to do -- pour myself into this book (which will hopefully be the first in a series). It's all a little nerve-wracking, but it feels good too.
I have one last big admin thing to do, which is not even for the university -- putting on the Kriti Festival. After that, I'll just be running Jaggery, which, thanks to my able staff and our thrice a year publishing schedule, is not too demanding time-wise. Mostly, I plan to write and write and write. Also teach. But mostly write.