So Sorry For My Cyber Silence

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Let me begin by sending birthday wishes to my April Fool’s kitty. He is now 13 years old. He’s beginning to show his age – a little arthritic, like me & Hubby. He’s starting to slim down and his digestion isn’t as good as it used to be, but we still love him and hope he stays with us for many more years.

With that said, I want to apologize profusely for my my absence over the past month and thank those who expressed their concern. I appreciate you guys looking out for me. 🙂

I think my muse must have wondered where our spring weather was and was so depressed by the high snowbanks, unending snowfalls and frigid temperatures in March that she decided to go on vacation! As a result, she wasn’t around to motivate me into writing at all and is it any wonder? Here’s what it looked like out our windows, front and back, on Saturday – more like January than March. Blech! 😦

March 30, 2013

The snow bank is up against a 6 foot fence!

front, March 30, 2013

View across the street.

 

Another reason for my lethargy might be my overloaded email box. I’ve tried to keep up with all the blog posts that enter daily, but some time back in November I missed a few days of blog reading and it has snow-balled from there. As much as I love what you all have to say, I haven’t totally succeeded in keeping up with all of you. The enormity of this task has been a little overwhelming. I will start back again slowly, but it could take awhile before I get around to reading all the great stuff you have been doing.

We still have my brother-in-law living with us, recovering from the severe burns he received back in October. His inability to used his hands has meant that I have been playing nursemaid, chauffeur and companion, which leaves me very little time to even keep up with household chores (although if I were truly honest, housework would be last on the list of things I want to do, but it still needs to be done).

In addition, on Easter Sunday, we had a gathering with the in-laws where we celebrated 23 birthdays and 3 anniversaries (those from January to end of May), not including my birthday, both of my children’s birthdays and my son-in-law’s birthday as well as my anniversary. I’ve also had several close friends and family members with birthdays in February, March and April. Everyone expects a handmade card from me so I had my work cut out for me, especially since I make each one unique and try to make them different from the ones I made for them the previous year or two. I’ve been eating, breathing and dreaming card-making. I’ve spent considerable time on Pinterest trying to find ideas for cards. All-told, I think I must have made 3 dozen cards over the past month or so. I have taken pictures of them all and since they have now been given out, I won’t hesitate to show them to you during the next few Crafty Wednesdays.

I still have to finish reading and critiquing a friend’s Regency Romance novel. I’m really sorry that I haven’t been able to do this as quickly as I hoped! On top of all that, I have two more very large novels to read for reviews coming up this month…

…which brings me to some really exciting news: representatives from Penguin Books Canada discovered that I do interviews and book reviews on my blog, so they have asked me to do an interview with Julie Czerneda and review Guy Gavriel Kay‘s latest novel! I guess the whole social media thing actually works!

A TURN OF LIGHT

Image of RIVER OF STARSI have scheduled Julie’s interview for Sunday, April 16th so please drop by then to see what she has to say about her new novel, A Turn of Light. When I finish reading Guy Gavriel Kay’s River of Stars, I’ll post a review, as well.

Also this month, I have been asked to sit on several panels of a new local literary event called the C4 Lit Fest. It’s kind of a spin-off from Comic Con but will be directing its panels and workshops to writers especially those who write fantasy for teens. This means I have to prepare something to say at each panel and make notes to rely on in case of audience questions. If any of you are here in Winnipeg April 20th & 21st, you might want to check out our guest writer line-up and panels here. You can find more information about getting tickets here. It should be a lot of fun.

In closing, I want to say, I hope you haven’t all deserted me for being so silent these past few weeks. I promise to be more diligent with my blog writing and reading from now on. Thanks for your patience. 🙂

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18 comments on “So Sorry For My Cyber Silence

    • Thanks, Diane! Yes, I think it’s the paper work to get him settled into a place of his own that has been the most frustrating. As his sister says, it’s one step forward and two steps back!

  1. I can’t, in good conscience, “like” a post that shows how overburdened you are. I can, however, wish you the very very best.

    That all said, the fact that Penguin Books recognizes your excellent interview skills is awesome! And you’re gonna be on some panels, too? Wow. I AM gonna like this post!

  2. HAPPY EASTER and HAPPY APRIL FOOL’S BDAY TO KITTY !!! Sounds like you have been extremely busy, maybe more than usual. A Get Well Wish going out to your brother in law. Time to get yourself a monthly maid to come in to free up more time for more cards !! lol Ur family is very lucky to have such a caring and thoughtful member in their family. Love reading ur blog Sue !

    Take care,
    Terry

  3. Wow, it sounds like you’ve definitely had your hands full … and perhaps your muse needed some personal time too – I completely understand that. Aside from commiserating on the rough stuff, huge congrats to you on all your wonderful writing news on interviewing, reviewing and panel participating, that’s totally awesome! You are going to be one very busy lady!

    I’ve not been able to blog (or anything else) much this year either, having to contend with health issues and getting ready for my final move. Moving day is Wednesday, just 2 days away! It may be some time before I have internet access, so I’ll be in the same position of needed to play catch up myself in several weeks. Until then, wishing you all the best, and sending love and hugs your way! ~ Julie 🙂 xoxox

    • Thanks so much, Julie. I think you are absolutely amazing in the way you persevere despite extreme difficulties. Puts me to shame! The best of luck with your move. Love and hugs to you, too. 🙂

  4. My goodness, have you ever been busy! And don’t you worry, we understand.

    It’s very kind of you to do so much for others. You’re a wonderful person. And I’m certain that your brother-in-law feels the same way. I send him well wishes for a swift recovery!

  5. (from Stella) Can I come visit? The snow is starting to leave patches of our yard now. I could dig Salem a few holes in the landscape where he could lie and get some fresh air….
    Elizabeth says she’s going to C-4, too I hope you look after her well, ’cause she won’t be taking me. I don’t like it when she disappears on me like that….
    (from Elizabeth) Looking forward to seeing you at C-4, Susan, though from the sounds of it you won’t have much time for visiting! There are at least four of us from Word on the Water going up!

    • (from Salem) Oh, Stella, I completely understand. I don’t like it when my two-leggeds go away, either. Maybe Susan would let you come visit, sometime, with Elizabeth! Then you wouldn’t be left behind. It would be wonderful of you to make me a special place on the grass where I could lie and soak up the sun. 🙂
      (from Susan) It will be great to see you again, Elizabeth, as well as the other WotW group! If we still had an unoccupied guest room, we’d love to host you! Perhaps another time? 🙂

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