First, I’d like to say how thankful I am for all your support during the last week. I’m blown away by the fact that so many of you read my entire last post, as long as it was. I received more comments than ever, so I think I must have struck a chord. Several of my friends here on Blogger ran similar posts about blogging and what it’s meant for them. Some have reassessed the amount of time they devote to blogging so they can get back to the real reason they are even here in the first place: writing their novel.
Yes, blogging takes a great deal of time, not just writing an interesting post, but also devoting time to your loyal followers. After all, we’d be next to nothing without them. I’ve been a tad neglectful of my own for the last week and for that, I apologize. Some of you know why, but most do not, and, frankly, I’m a bit leery of sharing the reason outright for fear I will jinx myself. It’s happened before, God knows. I open my mouth in excitement and the next thing I know, devastating disappointment. So I’ve learned not to get my hopes up and I truly don’t think anything will come of it this time around either, but I can’t help but be hopeful. To that effect, I need a diversion to get my mind off things. Lucky for me, I already have just the thing.
You see, my sixteen-year-old son and I are leaving in two days for what we call The Great California College Tour. In one year, he will be off to college. He hates it here in
Western Washington. Can’t say I blame him. It rains a lot here in . And I mean A LOT! When it’s not raining, it’s usually cloudy and way too cold for our tastes. We are, after all, from sunny, warm Seattle , and my son dearly wants to return there to attend college. So for the last fourteen days of August, we will be touring twelve universities, from California San Diego to . That’s 12 colleges in 14 days, plus a family wedding. YIKES! Santa Rosa
Needless to say, I will be very busy and so I’ll likely not have any time to write or post here. I suppose I could use the time to re-energize my blog writing, come up with some new and interesting topics. I’ve been quite distracted lately with blogfests, awards and such, what I lovingly call fluff. I think it’s time I get back to some serious writing.
I’ve also completely finished my last novel. That’s right, I finally no longer feel the need to revise, at least not until I hear back from a few gatekeepers. Fingers crossed they even give me feedback. That’s all I’m really hoping for at this point. But this time away will be a much needed distraction so I can regroup and focus on my next book. I hope to do some character sketches and work on my outline. Unfortunately, I don’t feel the same inspiration this time around like I did with my first novel. Nobody’s whispering in my ear this time, so that means this will be work. That scares me.
I might write a few posts on our college tour progress, maybe post a few pictures of the beautiful campuses we will be visiting, that is if I can figure out how to upload remotely. In the mean time, I will do my best to visit you all from time to time, post a comment or two when I can. But please know that if I do not, it’s only because I am devoting all of my time to helping my son make the most important decision of his young life thus far. I can honestly say I will miss blogging. As much of a chore as I’ve always thought of it, it’s also been the one way in which I reach out and connect with others like myself. That has meant more to me than any of you will ever know. Thanks for that, and I hope you come back and visit with me again after my hiatus. God bless you all!