Tuesday, February 4, 2014


This will be my last blog post for a few weeks. My daughter is entering the hospital for surgery and my attention will be focused on her and her recovery.

I’ve spent a lot of time this past year learning to focus on my writing despite what’s going on around me. Participating in last year’s 30K writing challenge during the month of February taught me to prioritize my writing and to write even when I wasn’t in the mood.

I’ve experimented with writing at different times of day and among different distractions. I’ve learned to disappear into my writing when I’m stressed and I’ve found that my characters can come alive and comfort me when I need it.

I was filled with a renewed sense of inspiration by participating in my writing chapter’s writer’s conference, and as a result, I’m determined to finish my two manuscripts and submit them within the next few months.

However, despite everything I’ve learned, there are times when I need to put writing aside, and this is one of those times.

So thank you to my fellow bloggers—Paula, Debra and Ana—for understanding and making it easy for me to disappear for a while. I’ll be back soon!


  1. Family always comes first, Jen.
    I wish for your daughter a speedy recovery, and for your family, very few anxious moments.

  2. Hope your daughter's surgery goes well and that she has a speedy recovery.
    Look forward to seeing you back here whenever you can manage it!

  3. Thanks Paula. I hope to pop in as often as possible.

  4. Jen, Family always comes first. We wish your daughter a quick recovery. She's lucky to have a great mom like you to help her through this.

    And when you're ready...good luck getting those manuscripts finished!