Saturday, January 5, 2008

I'm Not Dead Yet . . . .


It has come to my attention that there is an odd rumor floating about that I might have died. I am happy to say, this rumor is most definitely untrue. I have been living a rather busily insane life through the holidays, and once the insanity died down I stuck my head in my pillows and hid for a while. I'm recovered now, and though I am not yet sure how much of my sanity has returned, enough of it is back that I can post a blog at long last.

On a more casual note, the holidays were good. My little brother spent a week painting a beautiful miniature dragon for my birthday, but I can't get my pictures to upload from my camera. I'll post them when I do. My in-laws took us to the Homestead Resort in Midway for Thanksgiving, while Christmas and New Years were spent at home and at work.
Not really anything much of interest going on around here. I've just been really, really busy - and I must admit a little discouraged, due to the lack of writing time. Sometimes I wonder if I'm living a pipe dream with my writing aspirations. Part of me knows this is what I'm supposed to do, but all of the "what-if's" get a little discouraging at times. I know, I know, I've just got to get a thick skin and keep submitting, but some days that's easier to do than others, and the passing of another year without having my dreams find a home always makes me a bit melancholy.

But enough of that. One of my resolutions for the new year is to get organized and to write something every day, including blogs. I've done pretty good so far. Hopefully I can keep this one going for a long time.


"It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? For the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone. That is where the writer scores over his fellows: he catches the changes of his mind on the hop."

~Vita Sackville-West

12 comments:

Jill Ann said...

Oh, so you heard me pulling the wagon down your street yelling "Bring out your dead!"

Shanna Blythe said...

LOL. I'm glad the rumor is NOT true. We've missed you!

C. L. Beck said...

Karen,
Glad to hear you're still among us!:)

We're pulling for you---that this will be the year one of your works finds a home.

~paulette said...

i know how you feel...
i get so frusterated when i come home from working full-time and i can't even keep my eyes open long enough to even THINK about writing... and i bang my head against my computer even when it does come up. then i get the email from a friend saying how disappointed they were with only 4 thousand words in a day, and i'm about to go postal! Me: 200 words... in 5 months? My whole goal was to get the first chapter done for this year's storymaker's conference, but i'm not sure if it's going to happen... and i set that goal back in July! Geesh.

Tristi Pinkston said...

I'm so glad you didn't die, Karen! That would have been really bad.

Candace E. Salima said...

Karen - you're a good writer. Don't give up. Believe me, all professional writers have been right where you are right now. Keep plugging away. One day your manuscript will find the publisher its supposed to be at and your publishing dream will come true. Just keep plugging away.

Karlene said...

Back when I was a publisher, and not merely a faint memory in the minds of others...you sent me some stuff. I liked it. Would have pubbed it if I could have. KEEP WRITING!!

April said...

I so feel you on the "what ifs" Man do I ever. I've submitted a total of about 10 queries, all email, and only heard back from 3 - all rejections. Lately, I've been so busy I haven't been able to write as much as I like....and I've lost my steam (if you check out my blog you'll see that). It's discouraging to say the least. But let's try to hang in there together! The holidays are over, it's a new year, and we're meant to be writers. I feel the same as you - I know this is what i"m supposed to do. And there was a time I was so confident...I'm losing that now. I'll try to encourage you if you try to encourage me! :-)

Karen Hoover said...

You guys are so awesome. You've really helped lift me back up. Thank you for the words of encouragement.

April? You're on!

Annette Lyon said...

Glad you're alive--and writing! LOVE that quote. Can't wait to see you again at the conference.

Julie Wright said...

Karen's alive!!! Hooray!!! If you ever get too stressed and need a break, you know my number, I'll be over there to give you a shoulder massage and a kick in the butt to write :) Love you Karen!

Karen Hoover said...

Thanks Annette and Julie. You guys made my day! *hugs*