Yeah, I know, the last time I revived this blog I was REALLY going to DO it!Â I do have a good excuse though, and I will take a few paragraphs to share the amazingness of my beautiful little granddaughter, Soraya Jade Standifer!
I made my last blog post on April 2, and planned to keep blogging REGULARLY.Â However, two days later my daughter went into the hospital (at 33 weeks pregnant), for observation.Â This observation showed pre-eclampsia, and the only cure of that is delivering the baby.
Well, Lee and I were on a plane to Kansas City that Saturday, April 7, and I remained in Missouri until May 4.Â I am happy to say that when Soraya was born on April 12, her only major complication was learning how to eat.Â She was hospitalized for three weeks mastering that skill, but is now a healthy 2 Â½-month-old, weighing over seven pounds (she was just barely four pounds at birth).Â I havenâ€™t seen her in nearly two months, but Iâ€™ve seen pictures and videos (not enough, but CAN there be enough of a grandchild?).
The whole becoming a grandmaâ€”Iâ€™m “Yaya”â€”thing was/is truly amazing, and if I hadnâ€™t been so sleep-deprived, worried, stressed out, etc. it would surely have made for some interesting blogging, but I just couldnâ€™t make myself write.Â The only things I wrote during my time in KC were a few emails and Facebook updates, and baby shower invitations.Â The NEXT time I experience a life-altering event I will do much better, I promise!Â And if I donâ€™tâ€¦well, weâ€™re not even going to discuss that possibility!Â I WILL do it!
I HAVE been writing during the time Iâ€™ve been back home; well, I got to it after a couple weeks.Â Iâ€™ve done yet another “final solo edit” of Within the Petals, which my editor and I are in the process of reviewing/rewriting.Â My goal is to have this novel FINISHED, as in ready to SEND OUT by the end of the year, and Iâ€™m also planning to get into a pitch book to agents/editors/publishers this fall.Â Cross your fingers!
Iâ€™ve caught up with my Shared Words writing group, which was also left by the wayside during most of April and some of May.Â Please take a trip over to those sites, which youâ€™ll find in the links.Â Not only will you find my writing, but also writing from the other, VERY TALENTED, Shared Words authors.Â And STAY TUNED!!!Â Shared Words is working on publishing A BOOK, hopefully also by the end of the year.Â 2013 is going to be a BIG and EVENTFUL year for me!Â I just KNOW it! (and you can say, “I read her whenâ€¦”)
I would like to thank my wonderful-and-wise editor, Deneen, for giving me the â€˜assignmentâ€™ of getting back to this blog; and sheâ€™s promised to restart hers also!Â You can find a link to her blog, “The In & Out Patient” on the Shared Words site.
Deneen suggested the other day that perhaps blogging is like quitting smokingâ€”a thing I never really had to do, since I was only a social smoker and never addictedâ€”most people have to start and restart it several times before it takes.Â Hopefully FOUR is my magic number!