I've been on hiatus for quite some time, and I'm feeling the bite. Social media is a beast that dies if you don't feed it. The same goes for author fame and book royalties.
Nearly three years ago, I transferred hospitals and went from part-time to full-time. Then a little over a year ago, a radical change in my personal life thrust me into the role of single mother to three teens. I've managed, but it has all but extinguished my writing career.
It also lowered my search engine status and the number of visitors to my blog when I do post. And my book royalties have taken a big hit. I realize not publishing a novel in almost four years has been a significant factor, but the lack of blogging and tweeting hasn't helped.
My spirit is also lagging. I love writing, and I miss it terribly. Worst of all, I feel like I've let my readers down. I have all these ideas for stories but no time to research and write them. I know that will eventually change, but will my heart and my readership survive until it does?
I poured myself into my family this summer. My twins are seniors this year, and though their older sister still lives at home, she's already in college. This could likely be the last summer they have together before they go their separate ways.
Now that they're back in school, I've made a decision to blog again, even if it's only once a month. I'd do it more often, but I don't like to blog without making visits.
I've also got a writing project in the works. Well, it's more of a polishing project. I'm getting the first two novels I ever wrote ready for publication. Maybe -writing gods willing- I can get them published before the end of the year.
I've really, really missed you guys. How've you been?
What's going on in your life?