Friday, February 20, 2009


I have made very little progress since mid-January. That was pretty much the point at which life decided to drop a hammer on my head and just keep pounding.

My grandmother wound up in the hospital, and my mother was taking care of her, and I was trying to find out what was going on, making sure my mother was holding it together...from a thousand miles away. The news was positive, then negative, then positive, then negative. I was frayed and I wasn't even there. Focus wasn't even in my vocabulary those weeks. Even now, I'm sort of in a holding pattern, wondering if I'll have to get on a plane at a moment's notice. It's stressful, this family stuff.

I also had to prep for a trip. I spent four days in New York at the SCBWI conference, came home and The Sickness took over our house. On the upside, in the middle of my fevered weekend, The Girls In The Basement plotted my next book. On the downside, I was still sick and largely dysfunctional for over a week.

But I'm back at the keyboard now, and it's all systems go. I have quite a bit of catching up to do.

See you next week.


Ceri Hebert said...

Wow, hope everything is okay with your grandmother. What a helpless feeling it must be being so far away.

We did The Sickness thing in our house last month. Went through 5 of us. It was horrible.

Glad your on the mend and getting back on track.

Sarita Leone said...

Ouch! You've had your hands full. It's so hard to focus on writing when the world around is in least that's how I've always felt. I hope things settle down so you get some peace. And I hope your grandmother and mom are well. :)

Marianne Arkins said...

Busy, busy -- and not always in a good way. :-(

Glad to see you're pulling yourself up by the bootstraps and moving forward!

Keri Mikulski said...

Sorry to hear about your grandmother and the sickness. Best of luck with your writing and hope you're feeling great. :)