Tuesday, October 3, 2017

I'm back

...but not for the reason I thought. Not entirely, at least.

Today I came across some sad news. I discovered that writer / blogger Diane Carlisle passed away. I'm heartbroken for her family, and for her. She was a bright professional and a budding author, and she will be missed.

There's more to the story.



I'm sure many of you remember when I posted about Randi Lee's anthology project that failed before it was ever published. Diane and I were both affected by that. When I created a group for the displaced authors and later put out a call for submissions for my own book, Diane took me up on my offer.

She submitted a story that was accepted. I returned the edited document, but got no reply. That was out of character for her, but I shrugged and figured she was just busy getting her story polished up.

The summer was a crazy time for me. Among other things, I moved after 20 years in the same home and became a single parent, and that consumed my life for months. Then Harvey, the mother of all hurricanes, hit Houston with a vengeance. Our family survived without any flood damage to our house or cars--praise the Lord--but it disrupted our lives and delayed the start of school for two whole weeks, time I needed to work on the project.

Finally, in late September, life slowed down enough that I could get back on the publishing horse. I contacted the authors, and we decide to stick to our original plan of a late-October release.

Emails started flying. No message got replies from all 11 contributing authors, usually about half to two-thirds; but to be on the safe side, with such looming deadlines, I did a roll call. Diane was the only one who didn't respond.

I went searching the web for a way to contact her and found her obituary instead. She had died way back in May, two days before I returned her edited submission. She never even saw the email. I'm still sitting here, blinking and shaking my head.

I had planned to return to blogging with a crazed-but-excited post about our upcoming release. Instead I'm here, telling you to not to take a single day for granted. Don't get so caught up in the whirlwind of life that you don't take time to check in with one another. Call your family. Hug your kids. Reach out to your friends.


20 comments:

  1. That is so sad. I knew her by name, but I didn't know her.
    We aren't promised tomorrow, so we must live for today.

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  2. They say that's why today is called the present. Glad you were not too badly affected by Harvey. It has been a bad year for natural disasters.

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  3. I'm very sorry to hear about Diane. (That name hits a little too close to home.)

    That's good that you weren't hit hard by harvey. My best friend's father's house was under 4 feet of water and they lost almost everything.

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    1. So many people lost so much. We were very lucky and blessed to live NW of the city, upstream of the reservoirs and often in between the rain bands of the hurricane.

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    1. Yes, it is. And the older I get, the faster it goes by.

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  5. I know many of my writer/blogger friends knew Diane. So sorry for your loss. I've had friends I've known through blogging going on 12 years now, and I've only met 2 of them in person. It's strange, I guess, but yet the friendships we make on here are real.

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    1. They are real. The problem is that the cyber distance makes it tougher to check on people's well-being.

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  6. Oh no! We do all tend to get busy trying to live day to day. I got Messaged yesterday from a friend's daughter just to say that she loved me and wanted me to know because life is so short. That's all. It was really nice. Hugs to you, Melissa. I'm glad you came through Harvey okay.

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  7. How sad. So true, though. I just hugged my dogs.

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    1. I've been texting my kids little mom-loves-you notes.

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  8. Very sad news indeed. I'm sorry the summer has been so tough. That is a lot to deal with.

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    1. It has been an exhausting, emotional time, but better times are coming. I'm hopeful that my difficult choices and hard work will pay off.

      Thanks for visiting.

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