Whew. It felt like I was going to disappear entirely there for a while - but I didn't - and little by very little, each hour and day, I've been coming back a little stronger and a bit more distinct.
I've been working on getting well and on writing whenever I've been well enough to - on my book, obviously: not the blog. And as a result I am now approaching my first real rewrite of The Practical Vampire Slayer and have a date with my editor to discuss the revisions on Monday. I'm so glad - this is exactly what I'd hoped for: the guidance and expertise of my publishing team to help me make it the best it can be. Who could ask for more?
Thank God for brave and innovative publishers (Llewellyn)! Thank God for patient, hardworking, and brilliant agents who know exactly what to say and when to say it (Jacky Sach) and for creative-as-hell, understanding-as-Gandhi and sharp-as-tacks editors (Carrie Obry)!
Oh, and thank God for friends who bring books on editing, packages of fortifying tea and treats, their impossibly-invaluable experience and love, and most of all themselves (Jennifer Graf Groneberg) to save me when I've become convinced that I'm not a writer, never have been, and never will be.
So things are good: my health is improving by teeny-tiny tenths of points (if you're a reader of blood work, that is), and with the help of an incredible family, unbelievable friends and support everywhere I turn, I now have a manuscript worth editing - which is exactly what I was shooting for.
So now, it's time to get back to blogging, too. See ya around the web.
Oh, and by the way: hello! How's that for an ending?