My first book, Passports, appeared November 28, 2013. Around that time I started this blog, and since then I have posted here usually at least twice a week and sometimes lots more; and often they are complicated posts. I maintained that pace while simultaneously also writing three further full novels, which appeared in 2014, 2015, and 2017.
Thanks to this blog I have made numerous authoring and creative acquaintances. Many of you as readers were also here when a long-time dear friend died far too young in 2014, as well as, of course, when my uncle – about whom I have written so much – and then my mother died within two weeks of each other in October 2015. Getting through those life low points was made easier when writing about them here and knowing you were reading.
I have learned as well that blogging requires both consistency and predictability. If a blog ceases to become a reading “habit,” readers and followers are likely to drift away. And that’s understandable.
So I’m approaching five years of regular postings on here. Frankly, I am feeling worn out. Other life issues have also emerged and I cannot ignore them.
I need to step back and take a social media break from EVERYTHING – my blog here, Instagram, Facebook… everything. If you follow me, I hope you will keep me at least in the back of your social media mind. If you don’t already, be sure to set your WordPress preferences for my site to “receive a notification” of a new post, or “receive an email” for one, that way you are informed whenever I post next.
I can’t predict how long this “sabbatical” will last – it could be just weeks, or it could well turn into months. Regardless I do not plan to vanish from the net. I will still follow and like and comment on your blogs and Instagrams (and read any emails).
I hope quietly to continue also to work on my latest novel…
I just wanted you to know why new posts have ceased. You are entitled to an explanation. I know I hate it when blogs I follow, and Instagrams I like, etc., simply “stop” or even disappear without the owner at least having shared with us what the heck happened.
That sound you hear now is me taking an extra-deep breath. I feel I must also simply acknowledge this remote possibility. If for some reason I never return, remember, we’ll always have
Thank you for these five years, and many best wishes, wherever you are in our world. 🙂
UPDATE: Obviously that post really made an impression. A couple of hours after I posted that, I found myself in a surprise Messenger exchange with a cousin in the US. She had not long been awake:
I had no idea I was her morning coffee chat? What we can learn.
Until the next time…