This has been a rough last couple of weeks. I apologize for going dark, but some things take precedence at times and this was one of them.
My father passed away on 29 June. He was always a large part of my life and I am who I am today because of him. We didn’t always see eye to eye but I knew he had my back no matter what path I decided to take. I was able to get there in time for his 83rd birthday on the 28th and then spent the morning of the 29th with him while he was in the hospice. We didn’t do a lot of talking, but he knew I was there and we were just there for each other. Somehow, that made all the difference.
The rest of last week was devoted to helping my mother and putting together Dad’s memorial service. My wife and I helped put together a slide show of pictures of Dad at different points in his life, from early baby pictures when he was probably four months old, through his high school, Army, college days, early marriage, then pictures of Mom and Dad growing older together. Joni found some great music to accompany the slide show and she got a number of compliments on the show at the service.
We just got back into town last Monday. I took today off to get stuff done around the house that needed doing after our long absence and I start back to work tomorrow. Hopefully, there won’t be too much catch-up there.
So, as you can imagine, it’s taking me a bit to get back on the ol’ writing horse. I’m sorta easing into it. I talked to two of my publishers in the last couple of days to coordinate stuff I still owe, plus I’ve talked to a third publisher about putting my old magazine column into book form for the 2015 convention season. I’m going through the columns and trying to get them ready to make the transition from magazine to book form and trying to decide what stays in, what needs to come out, and what can stay if it’s rewritten. Also, I’ve been sending out some email I’ve owed since Origins, so hopefully, I’ll get some feedback on some leads I got there.
Additionally, I started sketching out a plot to a new story. Well, not new to me, but new to prose form. We’ll see if anything comes out of it, but it felt good to finally feel creative again.
It’s never going to be better, but it can be liveable.