Picking Up the Pieces, Throwing in the Towel

My word it’s been a long time since I’ve been here. People who keep up with me via Blog or my Author Facebook page have noted that over the past two years I’ve been relatively silent. How can I explain other than to say the real world got loud very fast? I realize now I’ve been waiting for it to get quiet again…

But in the past two years I moved in to a full-time job (best job in the world!), moved into a new place, helped with a whole house remodel, experienced two weddings in the family, dealt with two car accidents in the family, and somewhere in the middle of it decided to earn a certification. It felt like I’d barely eaten anything for months by the time I hit the summer of this year.

No, it hasn’t all be stressful. I’ve made some amazing friends, gotten involved in several community events, saw Shakespeare performed in the park, Casablanca played in an historic theater and watched the premier of the new Doctor Who in a crowded theater full of super fans. (Of course I was wearing a bow-tie. Bow-ties are cool.)

Seriously though, I thought I could get the craziness under control, and when I did, I’d get back to doing stuff like writing and blogging. But that exhausted idea gave way to yet another event, and I finally came to realize that I can’t just wait for the calm. In some ways, I won’t ever have the calm I once knew, and that’s okay. Because the life that has replaced it is very good. In other ways, I could do a better job of not trying to do everything at once all the time.

I am sad to say, though, that one thing that has become the victim of the last year is the final book in The Father Christmas Series. Yes, I said I would release it this year. Trust me, I tried. But while I like the story in draft, the time it would take to make it actually readable got interrupted so many times during the ridiculously short time frame I gave myself I finally decided it would be better to hold off. I feel really, really bad about that. Would it be strange to apologize to my readers who have all been so encouraging?

The next few months will be interesting ones. Quite a list of events awaits me. Many are wonderful. Some will be hard. Prayers are always welcomed. But all and all I’m ready to take on what’s next…and hopefully show up here more often.

It is time to readjust.

9 thoughts on “Picking Up the Pieces, Throwing in the Towel

  1. Life is a series of seasons and no doubt one full of writing will one day return.

    It’s lovely to read your life is so full and you are happy.

    Take care, Emily. Till next time.

  2. Thank you for always stopping by, Ian. That is a good reminder. We do tend to have times when life is different and rolling with the punches is the best you can do.
    I hope your writing and life is going well these days!

  3. Hello Emily, It’s good to see you’re back. I don’t know if you remember, but a few years back you were at the Borders Book Store in the River Park Shopping area in Fresno, CA signing copies of your debut book “Only Angels Are Bullet Proof”. You were very kind and signed two copies one for me and the other for my brother Joey. I’ve read the book and I thought it was amazing. Thank you so much for an excellent read, I enjoyed it a lot and it’s still in very good shape. I regret to say that I haven’t read your other books because I don’t have an e-reader. I’ve heard of them and they sound really good. Do you know if they’ll be out in a special edition paper back book or if they’re only e-books? Take care and keep doing what your doing.
    Sincerely,
    Brandon Chaudoin
    P.S. If you wish to e-mail me you can reach me at b_chaudoin@yahoo.com.

    1. Hi Brandon,

      Thank you for stopping by. Unfortunately for right now the Father Christmas Series is only available as an ebook. However, Amazon has several options for people who don’t have ereaders. There are free downloadable apps for both PCs and phones. Thank you for letting me know you enjoyed Angles! It feels like a million years since days of book signings.

      1. Thank you Emily for your kind reply. I wish that Amazon had an option for people without smart phones or regular PCs or touch screen laptops. I really want to read your “Father Christmas Series”, but without one of those or a tablet of some kind, I don’t think I’ll be able to:(.
        Sincerely,
        Brandon Chaudoin

  4. We’ll still be here when someday if possible the final Father Christmas is produced. Funny we were just discussing the previous two books this week. My daughters love them. Sixteeen year old just pledged to buy the next book as soon as it’s available – which I let her know is probably a long time off. She was just happy knowing that someday there will be another.

    best in all things,

    the andersens

    1. Thank you so much for your encouragement, Scott! It means a great deal to me to hear your family enjoyed the books. The final book will be released, I just didn’t want to risk losing the quality due to the time frame. Too bad this is the kind of book that has to be published at a particular time of year
      I will keep your family in mind as I finish up the book!

  5. Waiting for the quiet – you know, I do this too and in reading this realize that it just isn’t going to happen here any time soon. So as you said, time to readjust, and perhaps prioritize some too along the way. It’s nice to know you are well and happy, and always good to see you! :) Oh, and I forgot to mention that readjusting does indeed include chocolate. It’s a given. Have a wonderful week!

    1. Thanks, Karen. I think a lot of us can understand the crazy, busy type life. It seems like we’re professionals at it sometimes. ;) I guess learning to adjust and prioritize is just all part of the whole growing up thing. But yes, I do need to adjust my chocolate intake. The more the merrier!

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