No, I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth. I’m still here, and I’m so sorry it’s been a few months since I’ve posted anything. I had high hopes for my #writing this summer … such positive expectations. I was giddy at the thought of two months with no car-rider lines, late night writing sessions to finish the 4th Grimsley Hollow book, BBQ’s in the back yard, and time off from stressful mornings of trying to get two kids to school on time. Ah, delusions of grandeur.
And then reality came crashing down, as it usually does.
Instead of peaceful mornings of sipping hot coffee while rocking on the front porch, I found myself knee-deep in college preparations for my son, which included summer orientation, preparing him to get his driver’s license (for those who don’t know, Gage has autism and Tourette’s, so learning to drive was a bit more complicated for him than most), and muddling my way through financial aid forms and scholarship info. Instead of spending time on inspirational writing sessions where I breezed through the first draft of my #WIP, I ended up spending more time at the hospital where my mother was admitted, twice. And, though I may not have been stuck in car-rider lines, the slow procession of my uncle’s funeral had been enough to make me wish I were.
I won’t bore you with all the details. Life has a tendency to fall apart, and the best we can do is pull on our big-girl (or big-boy) britches and carry on. Today is August 11. My daughter started 7th grade yesterday (though she had to come home two hours early because of a stomach virus – another bump in the road), my son got his driver’s license two days ago, all preparations for college are done (he starts on August 31st), and my mother’s health is holding its own, for now.
My daughter, Sydney, and my son, Gage.
I’d hoped to have the first draft of Grimsley Hollow: The Longest Days of Night finished by now and simmering on the back burner while I began another book. Now, I’ll be lucky to get GH4 out before Christmas. It was also my intention to start the monthly #contests and #giveaways again. Maybe I’ll have time to cook up something for September. With things the way they are, I make no promises, but will try my best.
In the meantime, I’m looking for some help. Because I’ve fallen so far behind with … everything … my book #marketing has suffered. Other than a few posts here and there on Facebook and Twitter, I’ve been too swamped to do anything else. I need someone good with #graphic #design skills to create a few pictures I can share on social media, and possibly a new banner or two. Because I’m not technically savvy, I have to use websites like Canva and PiZap, and my graphics are as simple as they come. I’d like to find someone who’s a bit more talented. If you’re interested or know someone who might be, please send me an email.
I promise to try to be more active on my blog, to drum up a contest or giveaway for you guys next month and, most importantly, to get back to work on my next #book. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding. Love you bunches!