Monday, November 30, 2015

Hopefully, this isn't goodbye

Most of you have probably noticed by now that my social media presence has been practically nonexistent. I've been a lousy blogger and return visitor, and I hate it, but there wasn't much I could do about it. My alter-ego's life has radically changed.

Due to factors outside my control, I'm going to have to go on hiatus...a real, serious hiatus. I won't even be doing IWSG or promo posts for a while.



I've been battling a serious health issue (and winning!). But the biggest obstacle is that I was recently forced to change jobs and went from working part-time to full-time - in addition to being self-employed. I was struggling before (I'm a working mom with three teenagers, all in high school this year, and one of them a senior), but now I have almost no free time.

I'm faced with the choice: blog or write.
You know which one is going to win.

If any of my fans are reading this, know that I will continue writing. Two more companion novels for Come Back are already planned. I'll get them done; I promise. Just be patient with me.

So this is goodbye for now, but not forever. I'm hopeful that, once I'm settled into my new job and my nest begins to empty, I'll have time to visit my cyber friends again.

I love you all.
Don't hesitate to keep in touch. My inbox is always open. :)

59 comments:

  1. So sorry about your health problem and that other factors mean you no longer have time for one of the things you enjoyed doing.

    Good luck with the new job - and everything else.

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  2. Wishing you all the very best, Melissa and I hope that your health will soon be at full power once again. Take care.

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    1. Thank you, Nicola.
      It should (96-99% chance). I'll know in a few weeks. :)

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  3. I'm glad to hear your winning the health problems. With three teenagers your home must me chaos at times! :) Take care and best of luck in your new job.

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    1. It's grand central. LOL 15 loads of laundry per week.

      Thanks! :)

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  4. Keep winning against that health issue! Take care of yourself. Good luck with your writing and with everything you've got going on. :)

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  5. It's most important to take care of real-life you, which everyone understands! Wishing you some moments of relaxation in there for you.

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  6. All the best Melissa. Sorry you feel forced to abandon blogging for now though.

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    1. Me, too. I'm gonna miss my friends. :(

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  7. I'll water your blog plants for you and feed any strays I see wandering around. :)

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  8. All the best with the new changes. Keep on fighting those health issues. Wishing you and your family well.

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  9. I hope it isn't goodbye, either. I'll miss you! Kick that health issue's behind. And may everything go well for you and your family :).

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    1. Thanks, Jeanne. I'll miss you, too.
      I'm kicking the **** out of it. Believe me. ;)

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  10. Hi human, Melissa,

    I'm really sorry to hear that you've been enduring a serious health issue. Most encouraging that you are winning the battle! Life and all its trials and tribulations, can make it understandable that you have to prioritise. I hope you find that healthy, happy balance, my kind human friend.

    Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

    Penny xx

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    1. The doggy kisses definitely make it better. :)

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  11. Health is a priority.
    All the best, Melissa.
    Look after yourself.

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    1. Yes. It is. I finally made it one.
      (That's hard to do when you're a mom.)
      Thanks!

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  12. The best to you, Melissa, and that your health will win. Same goes to all the other challenges in your life right now. We're here for you. :)

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  13. I'm so sorry about your health issues, Melissa. But glad to know you are winning the battle! Take care and do what you need to do. Sending you all the hugs and good wishes I can muster.

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    1. Thank you, Julie. Every good wish helps. :)

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  14. Hi Melissa,
    I sincerely wish you the very best. Find your own pace and work within that circle with your writing.
    All the best.
    Shalom,
    Patricia

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    1. Thank you, Patricia. I'll find some time, somehow.

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  15. I'm glad you're winning your battle. I see you on facebook, so I shouldn't suffer too much from withdrawal. It does look like your life is super busy.

    Take care of yourself, and I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday. :)

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    1. Yes! I do manage to make it to Facebook. ...I can do that from my phone. ;)

      Thank you! Same to you! :)

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  16. Oh no, but that means Alex will win!!!! You can't let him do that.

    Seriously, do what you have to do. Writing is more important than blogging, especially now that you'e an established author. But be sure to keep in touch.

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    1. Thanks, Ken.

      Hey, one day, you can plot my progress for a blog post again. :P

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  17. I know this isn't goodbye, and even if we're poking you for fun, you know we've all got your back, Melissa :)

    Best wishes with the new job, and Write On, dear friend :)

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    1. Thanks, Mark.
      You know where to find me. ;)

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  18. life is always the priority! glad you are winning your health battle, whatever it is, pamper yourself and take your time to recover! hugs!

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    1. Thank you!

      It's nothing outrageous. I got Hepatitis C from a blood transfusion I had as a child (at least that's what they think). Now that the new pills are available, I've decided to treat it. ;)

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  19. Take care of yourself. So glad that you're winning your health battle. Good luck and keep on writing!

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  20. I'm glad you're winning on the health front. That's the most important thing. You have to look after yourself so I respect your decision, but I hope you'll be back around before too long!

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  21. I think you are a wise woman and getting your priorities right for you. There is a season for everything. It isn't blogging season for you right now. Enjoy those kids being home while you can. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Wishing you all the best.

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    1. I was struggling to hang on, but then I realized it wasn't fair to my cyber friends.

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  22. You have to do what's best for you and your family. We all understand and support you!!!! Wishing you much success in your writing and Life!!!!

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  23. I'm proud of you for making a very responsible choice!! Besides, I'll see you on other social medias!! Hugs

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  24. Writing is always more important than blogging. ^_^ I hope whatever you're working on goes well, and that the new job works out great for you.

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    1. So far, the new job is great. I'll eventually be able to work in some writing, I hope...

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  25. We do what we gotta do. Hang in. I'll see you on FB from time to time :)

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  26. It definitely takes time to settle into a new routine. Here's hoping things come together well for you and the new normal allows for everything you really want to do.

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  27. Congrats on the new job! I hope things settle into a comfortable routine for you soon.

    See you if/when you're back. :-)

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  28. I hear you, Melissa! Good luck. Hope you work out the job and all those responsibilities and stay well. Take care.

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  29. Family and writing have to come first. I totally understand. Hugs!!

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  30. Hi, Melissa...

    No worries. We all have taken time from blogging. It is beyond time consuming. But at some point it will call you again. It did for me. I hadn't posted for almost two months. I had LIFE issues, too. But mostly rehabbing my loft, moving, and now keeping up with a three month old puppy, that I may not keep because he is just TOO MUCH!

    ANYWAY.... I read on Facebook you are doing so much better and I am THRILLED to hear it.

    Take care of yourself and ALL THE BEST for you in 2016!

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    1. Do persevere with the puppy. They are hard work but so worth it in the end.

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  31. Things change - hope you are managing it all with flair! And I have two boys in high school, not looking forward to senior year - happy/sad times ahead!

    keep at it! will see you around!

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  32. Luckily I'm in touch with you in other ways! Good luck with the writing and thanks for visiting my blog before you took your hiatus!

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