Back after a blogging break

Long time, no blog. I apologize for the blogging hiatus. The month of January and the beginning of February were, well, crazy.

To summarize: First, the semester started, and I poured myself into class prep. I’m still putting a lot of energy into teaching this class, and I don’t see that changing this semester. So I expect slow progress on the writing front, and don’t be surprised if my blog posts are much more sporadic.

And then my elderly beagle got sick. Like, really sick. The end kind of sick. We took her to the vet for what they thought was a kidney infection, for which she needed in-patient care. But tests revealed that she had cancer throughout her body: tumors in both adrenal glands, one in her spleen, two more in her liver. The prognosis wasn’t good. We took her home, wanting her to spend as much of her last days with her family. She barely moved, wouldn’t eat, could barely walk. So we knew it was time to say goodbye. It was a sad time, but at the end, I knew she’d found peace, had the overwhelming sensation that wherever she was, she was happy. And so though it breaks my heart not to have her with us, I can rest easy knowing that we gave her a good life, that she was with her family during her last moments, and that she’s found peace and rest in the Summerland.

Angel Jan 2016

RIP, Angel. 1999-2016.

Moving away from sad things, I attended my first writing retreat last week, where I made a ton of progress. I finished a third draft of A Prince in Patience Point, which has officially reached novel-length. Really short novel length, but technically, it’s a novel now, which is what I wanted for that story. I also did a read-through and some line edits on Good Old-Fashioned Magic, which is now in the hands of my critique partners. And I started (again) the fourth draft of my novel Made of Shadows. That one needs a lot of work. I’m hoping to have a completed fourth draft by the end of April.

On the reading front, I read The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter. It’s a great historical fantasy novel, and I’d recommend it. I also read a gothic romance by Lauren Smith: The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall. I’d recommend that one for fans of steamy romance with some ghosts and a dash of mystery thrown in. I’m currently reading A Certain Kind of Magic by Jessica Starre. And I’m really enjoying that one, too.

Long story short, I apologize for abandoning the blog and hope to check in at least once a week throughout the semester. Hopefully now that things are settling down, I actually have time to write and blog.

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What about you? What have I missed during my blogging silence? What’s your news?

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10 thoughts on “Back after a blogging break

  1. So sorry about your beagle. *hugs*

    I see my blog as a ways down on my list of priorities, so I have no problem with people taking a break. BTW, in the WIP I dived back into recently and should be finishing soon, the best friend’s name is Denise (from before I started reading your blog). 🙂

    Congrats on all the writing progress!

    • Thanks, Ruth. She was a good dog, and she died at age 16, so I can at least rest easy knowing she lived a long and happy life.

      Yeah, I’m trying to transition to blogging once a week while I’m teaching. Twice a week really cuts into writing time, which is already sparse this semester.

      Good luck on your WIP! Love that you have a character named Denise.

      Thanks! 🙂

    • Yes. I have the sense that she’s found peace there. I can’t exactly explain it; it’s just this feeling I’ve had since she passed. Like she’s letting me know she’s okay.

      I will have to blog about the retreat. Maybe I’ll go more in-depth in my next post. 🙂

  2. I am so sorry Denise. *sigh* I am been there and yet it’s such a personal grief and unique to each one of us. It sounds like it was unexpected and it takes some time to move past the shock of it. And yet you off and writing again. That’s a wonderful outlet. You always amazing me how your able to squeeze time to write around the demands of your day job. So never feel guilty for not blogging girl. We did not feel abandoned. It’s all good! ((Hugs))

    • She was old, and we knew it was coming, but it still hurt. She was my faithful companion for over ten years, and I miss her every day.

      Thanks, Karen. I’m trying to get back into a regular blogging schedule; the truth is, I miss everyone when I’m away.

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