by Stephanie Blake
Man, it's easy to become a loner when you are a full-time writer! 2011 has slipped away from me. I have been working on edits for my forthcoming novel for months and haven't had the time for much else.
Early this year, I felt underwater. I was helping my mother deal with a vigorous round of chemotherapy and radiation. (She's recently been declared cancer-free.) I was sick a lot. I had sinus surgery. And started weekly allergy shots. In July, I tore some ligaments in my ankle and had physical therapy for weeks. (I will be having surgery in December to repair that ankle.)
I felt torn in a million directions. There were so many things to keep up with: Twitter, Facebook, Publishers Marketplace, the Blue Board, my reading pile, new writing, lots of edits, the family stuff, etc.
I made the tough decision to give up on my blog. Because I am not the kind of person who does things halfway, I went one step further and decided to separate my writing life from my personal life. After that, I withdrew from everything publishing related.
In other words, I pretty much dropped off the face of the earth.
Then, I wrote my acknowledgements for The Marble Queen. And remembered that I'm not alone.
There's a handful of fellow writers out there who are always keeping tabs on me. I've never even met a few of these special people who have checked in to say, "Hey, what's going on? Where are you?" These people prayed for my mom and my niece. They have held me up and encouraged me when I wanted to give up.
I'm so thankful to each one of these friends. Thanksgiving day is the perfect time to say it.
Much love and gratitude to:
Jennifer Duddy Gill
Amy Allgeyer Cook
Brenda Reeves Sturgis
Shelli Johannes Wells
C.K. Kelly Martin
(I hope I haven't forgotten anyone.)