Thank you for your support, encouragement, and patience these past many months. I certainly intended to write a blog post every week as I trudged through my manuscript draft. I imagine that many of you will understand that life, death, grief, and the joyful (if at times, mundane) tasks of keeping a family fed and loved have blocked my path. My family and I have encountered some difficult things this past year. In February, my beloved father passed away from cancer. Grief has windy, tricky roads to follow and tangled paths to cut back. I'm still in the middle of it all and finding that grief is not as simple as missing your loved one; it tugs at the very structure of who you are.
You can read more about my wanderings through the messy path of grief at Image Journal in my latest two pieces:
In the meantime, will you continue to stick with me? I've finished a first draft (or what my second grader would call a "sloppy copy") of my manuscript, tentatively titled Mystics and Misfits. I will do my best to keep you updated on the progress of the book. I've poured strength, angst, research, and memories, both wonderful and painful, into this draft. And I'm thrilled to finally have my manuscript in the hands of my capable editor at Herald Press.
What a relief!
Now, what do I do?