Author Confessions – Return Of The Invisible Woman

I’ve been invisible a lot this year. I just wish it was because I had developed a superpower. Unfortunately, I’ve just been completely taken under by personal life events.

I moved an entire household twice in July. Once was to vacate my apartment. The other was because my house sold six days after I spoke to the most amazing realtor I’ve ever met–lol. We didn’t even get the house officially listed in the normal sense. Do you know how hard it is to schedule an army of contractors in only three weeks?

IMG_0892Anyway… as if that wasn’t enough to keep me hopping daily, my fifth grandchild decided to make his entrance into the world earlier than expected. Luckily, he at least waited until I was between moves. His earlier than scheduled entrance led to Bruce and I sleeping in my car in the hospital parking garage all night while waiting for him. I didn’t want to miss his arrival. So far, I’ve managed to be present for the births of all of my grandchildren.

My invisibility on all social media and my blog are because I’ve been putting in long days and falling asleep exhausted at the end of them. Yes, I’ve been wishing over and over that I was thirty again but that’s obviously not going to come true. Thankfully my house closing is now behind me and my new grandson is home with his parents. Did I mention I found out my daughter will be having grandchild number six next Spring? Yes, she’s not been feeling all that well lately.

All I can do about the busy-ness is sigh. Everyone is doing fine. I know I am a very lucky woman.

In upcoming weeks, I hope to be back to writing full-time and not trying to squeeze in a hour or two between other tasks. Apparently, the four and half months of my mother’s hip replacement earlier this year wasn’t enough of a life lesson about how much writing means to me.

Will someone please help me let the powers-that-be know I’ve got it now? I swear I will never take being an author for granted. I’m already back to work.


  1. Have missed you and Bruce if I can ever help you guys out please don’t hesitate to ask. You both are amazing people and I’m glad we are friends. Your grandson is adorable. Hope life calms down for you some I know mine has been some what crazy this year too. Try to remember you need time for yourself to recharge your batteries even if it is only taking 15 mins a day for you. You deserve that time.

    • It’s been a busy year, but getting better finally. I’ve missed you too. Hope we get to see each other sometime soon. I’m not going to make IRC this year. I’ll be at a professional conference instead.

      • Yea I’m not going to IRC either the change after I had already scheduled my vacations left me not being able to go. I’m not attending any more book signing this year, kinda sad about that. I was wondering if there had been any news about the next Forced to Serve audio??

        • Just waiting for my narrator to have the time. I’ll check in with her again and see if we can get it done in October.

  2. So great to hear from you, Donna! I’m so glad you made it to my party a couple weeks ago with all this going on. I know you were hit with more stuff that night, too. Hang in there! We’re going to have to get together when I get back from my 7-week trip! Enjoy the grandbabies! They’re the best!


    • I don’t know which way is up most days. Did I hear you were going to NINC? I will be there. This is my third year to attend. The industry news is in the form of summarizing the year’s events rather than getting lots of breaking news, but for me, it catches me up. Plus I get to see the people I follow or talk to frequently in person. The venue NINC chose for their conference is nice. Lots of good food nearby and the ocean is at the backdoor of the hotels. They make us feel very welcome. All in all it is a good deal. If you are going, you will not be sorry.

  3. Glad your back and I hope life has settled down a bit, at least for a little while! Congratulations on your new home, new grandchild and the one on the way!

    • Thank you, Jane.


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