Happy 2017!

Happy New Year, happy fresh start! Let’s make the most of it! First off, I’m going to be honest and say that I’m angry at myself for neglecting this blog for as long as I have. Normally I’m a lot more consistent than this, but I feel like I have legitimate excuses:

  1. My grandmother passed away at the end of November, at age 91. She was not the warm, cuddly, “bake you cookies” type of grandmother, but she was the closest relative (other than my immediate family) that I had growing up, so the loss has been difficult.
  2. Work was incredibly hectic, as we were putting out proposals to win several multi-million-dollar contracts. I was eligible for overtime pay two months in a row; that’s the first time that has happened in the four years I’ve been with my company.
  3. In December, my father was in the hospital with pulmonary hypertension that we found out was caused by pneumonia. He is out of the hospital and is doing a bit better now, thankfully.
  4. In an unexpected turn of events, my boyfriend proposed to me on New Year’s Day, and I said yes, so I have to begin frantically planning a wedding and the rest of my our life. 🙂

Needless to say, writing in my novels has taken a backseat. I got a grand total of 3,000-something words for NaNoWriMo (first loss… but there’s a first time for everything, right?) and haven’t written much of anything in December. I did manage to keep up with my personal journal and some short reflections, but I’m badly missing my characters (and this blog), so I hope to pick back up where I left off in the new year.

Anyway… this has been an odd post because I don’t like talking about personal issues, but given my long absence, I feel it was necessary. So how have you all been? What do you have planned for 2017?

11 thoughts on “Happy 2017!

  1. Wow Maggie, you HAVE had a full plate these last few months. I’m sorry to learn the news about your grandmother. I lost one a year after I was married and the other over ten years ago. I miss them still. I’m relieved to hear your father is doing better because YOU have a wedding to prepare for! Congratulations!!! I’m very happy for you. May you have a blessed 2017…one with a little less stress and anxiety (he says knowing she’ll be planning a wedding…ha!). 🙂


  2. HI Maggie,

    Congratulations! That’s fantastic news! I’m sure your future husband is a great guy, as well as a lucky one. Very happy for you!

    Love, Uncle Pete

    Sent from my iPad


  3. Don’t feel angry about the absence, we understand very much.

    I am sorry about your loss. But I’m glad that your father has been diagnosed and is doing better. I hope he has a speedy recovery. And many many congratulations on your engagement!! That is so exciting! Is the big date set already? Do keep up updated! I am so happy for you!


  4. Sorry about your grandmother. Mine also passed away towards the end of November, but at 102 she was as ready as she was ever going to get. I hope yours passed with the same sense of peace. Also, hurray for your dad doing better and congrats on the engagement!


      1. My mother said she was ready, too. It definitely made it easier for me, which may have been in her mind.

        (Mostly, depending on what was in the news that day, she alternated between, “I want to find out what happens next!” and “I’m getting out of here just in time.”)

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  5. Well, I have to admit that those are some pretty good excuses. 🙂

    First of all, congratulations! All my best wishes to both of you.

    I’m sorry about your grandmother, and I’m glad your father is okay.


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