Ending Two Seasons of Silence

As is apparent, I have neglected regular posting at the MAD TAB Blog for most of the year. For this I have often felt guilty or even hypocritical – here I am telling the novelists I edit that they should be keeping a regular blog and other social media to connect with new readers and yet I am falling short in one of the important categories myself. Continue reading “Ending Two Seasons of Silence”

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When the Puzzle Pieces Don’t Fit Together But The Painting Must Still Hang

I took the photograph above a week ago and shared it on my Instagram. The occasion? April was back at the hospital for an overnight stay following a biopsy to learn more about the health problems that have plagued her for weeks, making her partially disabled. I won’t get into the details of everything here, but just finally leaving this post as a bookmark of sorts for why the month of October passed without me managing to finish a single post. The past few weeks have been an emotional roller coaster — in addition to April’s struggles, there was also the death of a family friend, librarian and storyteller Hope Baugh, on September 22. Try as I did, I failed to write in memorial of Hope, the loss of her such a sudden shock. I hope eventually to be able to write about her role in my life and what a light she was in this dark world.

But for now I’m just accepting that until life becomes less emotionally harrowing, my writing and editing focus and quantity will continue to lag behind where I’d prefer. It’s hard to focus on much of anything when you’re strapped into a roller coaster…

Just Maura & Me At the Hobbit Hole For A Bit…

Much has been afoot the past few weeks to push my attention away from consistent blogging. I offer my apologies, dear readers.

The primary challenge confronting us concluded yesterday: April left to begin her travels. I’ll be joining her in 10 days’ time. For now it’s just the Maura dog and me in our quiet hobbit hole┬áin the hills…

I’ll try and pick up the blogging pace more over the remaining days before the trip starts and then will hopefully be able to begin daily or every-other-day travel blogging from Africa, all through July…