Writer MIA 27 Days Returns to Write Again!

Where was I the last 27 days?

Almost a month ago, I posted on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn that I was taking a breather. I needed some self-care, and I wanted to attempt a little spring cleaning. I thought ten days or less should cover it. Why I didn’t post my planned absence here I don’t know. So much for my thinking things through!

 

During what was to be a short time, life took over. You know how plans exert their muscle and change themselves around. That’s what happened. Family issues, health issues, things you never expected–they left no time for my plans.

But wait, you say! There have been no blog posts or newsletter for a while.

I realize you’re following here or receiving updates via my newsletter to receive posts and more information about writing. The reason for this post is to let you know what happened and what is happening in the background. I’m on my way back and want to get back to a normal schedule.

About the Blog

Right now I’m working on the following:

  • A series of posts on writing with chronic pain or illness;
  • A couple of memoir reviews for you–
    • Rose Bingham’s Buy the Little Ones a Dolly;
    • Abigail Thomas’s Thinking About Memoir; and
  • Posts on balancing family life and writing.

Blog posts will return to the previous schedule with posts on Wednesday.

About the Newsletter

After this newsletter mailing, I will not be sending out a newsletter. Personal reasons dictate a writing load I want to keep up and there is not the time for everything.

If you receive my blog posts via the newsletter and wish to continue receiving them, please go to the sidebar on the right of this page. Choose one of three options near the top of the sidebar:

  • The first option is just under the search box. If you are a WordPress user, this simple bar reads “Follow The Writing Studio.” It allows you to “follow” my blog with no more effort than a simple click. My blog posts will then show up in your WordPress Reader.
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Thanks for your understanding and continuing support as I get back in the saddle. Sometimes the writing life is a difficult one, but I can’t seem to turn my back on it. I love writing, the writing community (all of you included), and the joy found in the written word.

 

 

 

 

 

Blog Temporarily Out of Order


Without any comments pro or con on Windows 10 upgrade, I dropped off my laptop with the Geek Squad today after having it sabotaged while attempting said upgrade. When it comes back home, I cannot say.

I’m currently infringing on my husband’s computer time by borrowing the use of his. Thanks to him for allowing me to let you know I’ll be “out of the office” all week.

Therefore, no posts, no social media, no newsletter this week. I have lots to share with you when I return–knowledge gained at a writing conference, progress on the book, and more.

Until then, happy blogging!

What I Learned from Another’s Writing Retreat

Recently, my “I’ve met her in person” and online writing friend, Shirley Showalter, and my online writing friend, Kathy Pooler, reported in respective blog posts here and here about their Lenten plans as well as experiences at a writing retreat they attended. As I read their blog posts, I began to ponder anew my commitment to observing Lent. I’ll receive ashes on Ash Wednesday and help with communion several times during the days leading to Easter.

Ann Voskamp quote for Lenten season
Ann Voskamp quote for Lenten season

But personally what is my commitment? Where do I need to learn restraint? Where can I find silence in my life to focus more clearly on God’s role in my life and my role in the lives of others?

I went back and re-read Shirley and Kathy’s posts. In them I found a depth of commitment in several of their thoughts and sentences. I would quote them, but I want you to find them for yourselves.

Here I’m making my Lenten stand, having discussed my plans with Husband Bob, partly to give accountability by having shared it with others and partly to give accountability to God and my family and home:

  1. Effective February 18, 2015, I’m stepping away from all social media. Yes, this includes Twitter and Facebook, which I have already moderated to a degree over the past month or so.
  2. Prescheduled blog posts will appear via social media due to the beauty of scheduling ahead on the blog. I will make myself available to reply to any comments, but I won’t be commenting on the blog posts of others. My newsletter will go out as planned in March.
  3. I am committing to leaving home at least twice each month, if not more, to work in solitude and silence on my book, a gift I’m writing for all those hurting from abuse but to also spread an important message God has taught me. I hope to set up a much-needed writing schedule and a stronger commitment to this book.
  4. I want to allocate more quiet time for Bible reading and prayer.
  5. And I’m giving up chocolate!

Granted I have been forced to step back before due to family issues or family health issues. I have never made a conscious decision to make this kind of change when I am feeling renewed and so healthy for a change and yes, let’s add happy to the equation.

I will resume my regular schedule April 14th reporting what I’ve experienced and learned. I have asked Shirley and Kathy’s permission to join them, and knowing them they’ll respond affirmatively.

There’s nothing like good writing friends to inspire you.

Do you have plans for sacrificing something for the Lenten season? Do you want to ask me questions about this post? There is space below where we can have great discussion! Join us, please.

Change to Newsletter Schedule

Green post-it w/message My first newsletter hit cyberspace on August 14, 2013. Subscription rate has been beyond awesome, and my stats look reasonably good.
However, maintaining the blog, writing a book, attending a class, AND sending out the newsletter bi-weekly is a bit much sometimes.

So, my plans are to try for the next three months sending the newsletter out once a month on the second Wednesday. An exception will be if there is something exploding in writing or memoir news that I think is important enough for a special issue.

What I’d really appreciate is hearing from you, my loyal followers and subscribers. I’d love to know how you feel about this change and how it affects your level of loyalty and continuation as a subscriber.

If you’re uncomfortable having someone else see your comments, please don’t hesitate to use my Contact Form or email me at salice78(at)comcast(dot)net.

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Status Updates for My Followers and Readers

Via Flickr | James Morley
Via Flickr | James Morley

As I sat down to write this note on Sunday evening, November 2nd, I was reminded how blessed I am by this writing community I’ve found online.

Thank you for your many emails, comments, and support the last couple of weeks.

I wish I could say I am healthy and ready to return. But, alas, my doctor has further tests scheduled for me this Wednesday. Until we have a clear diagnosis, I remain committed to taking care of myself.

However, previously scheduled guest posts will go forward and some not scheduled will be scheduled in the near future. I have some of my own in the works but not yet ready to tackle a full schedule each day.

My newsletter will come out Thursday next and then again the first Thursday in December. Due to the holidays, I’m pulling back from the earlier bi-weekly schedule.

A reminder about the status of the free ebook: I had previously announced it would be circulated to my current newsletter subscribers on October 30th. That did not happen. As soon as it is completed, it will be in your inboxes. And then to each new subscriber at sign up.

Thanks again for your concerns as well as your understanding.

November 2, 2014


Before anything else, thanks to all of you who so graciously continue to inspire, encourage, and support my efforts on this blog, the newsletter, and more. For that reason, I feel it only fair to offer this status update.

Recently, I’ve come  under fire from some health issues which continue unresolved and leave me with less energy than I usually enjoy.

The writing doesn’t come easy in these circumstances so I am letting you know I’m going to take a break for two, maybe three weeks from the blog and from social media.

Anything previously scheduled on the blog will go forward as scheduled, such as guest posts, interviews, etc.

The newsletter will continue to come out once more this month, and then once in each of November and December because of the major holidays in those months.

One last word about the free ebook on its way to completion. I have previously announced it would be circulated to my current newsletter subscribers on October 30th. That may or may not happen, and as soon as it is ready, it will come to you first. And then to each new subscriber afterwards.

I bid you happy writing days and a colorful fall wherever you are.

October 20, 2014

Something New Is Coming!

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For months, I have contemplated starting a bi-weekly newsletter. There are several newsletters I receive via email, and I enjoy each one for its uniqueness and informational worth.

Over the last couple of days, I convinced myself that if I never try, I will never know what the experience of being a newspaper woman is like. My father began his career in publishing as a newspaper man. Perhaps that’s where the itch originated.

Starting in August, I will email a newsletter of writing news and tips on a bi-weekly basis on Thursdays to my mailing list. The first edition will come out on Thursday, August 14th.

If you would like to be on my mailing list, click on the image below, or on the same image in my right sidebar, and you’ll be taken to a signup form. I promise never to share your email address with anyone else, and at any time you have the option to unsubscribe.

Newsletter sign widget 2I hope you will take a chance on my experiment in newsletter journalism, and come along on this journey with me.

My goal is to offer only newsworthy, helpful information on writing and topics related to writing and its final transformation into worthy reading material.

Remember, you might hear it first in my newsletter!