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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
myour 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?