So, you thought the blog was defunct, right? No–only my posting behavior to this blog was off. However, several things have occurred that further put me off my feed since July. Brief list:
- My brother, John Patterson, passed away with no warning, on October 18th, 2015.
That affected everything. He was not married (although he tried mightily), and had no children (because he was a responsible man). My two remaining siblings live on the West Coast, and my mother is in her 80s and not doing well. Thus, I am the executor of his estate. Big job, it is.
Then came November and NaNoWriMo hit. As the Municipal Liaison, I had a duty to make my 50,000 words, come hell or high water. I did. Oh, it was utter crap, but I still did it. Why? I had a perfect out–14 of the 30 days of November, I was down at my brother’s house, working on estate stuff. I was counseled to take the pass and concentrate on estate stuff.
Nope. Two reasons: John would not have wanted me to slough off NaNo and my ML (and ML Mentor) responsibilities–he was not an author himself, but he used to send me all kinds of encouragement to keep writing. Second, I had a golden opportunity to demonstrate that it is possible to write 50k even when a major life event has occurred.
December came, and the estate stuff got worse (if possible). It’s January now, and I have a bit more breathing room. Then I read Hugh Howey’s extremely excellent blog post: So You Want to be a Writer… In that, one of his mandatory steps is to write a blog entry every day. I will ramp up to that, this is the first step. Things will be busy the next two days, then I’ll post to catch everyone up. There have been Happenings.