This week was awful.
My iPhone and wallet were stolen right off my desk at work. (Yes, we had “office visitors” that day. No, the police have not made any arrests yet.) I spent hours recreating what was lost. I went to DMV. Spoke to the bank, the mobile phone carrier and the credit card companies.
I dealt with many challenging issues at my “day job.” I also had a very difficult assignment given to me with a too-short deadline to deliver.
Then I learned some of my author friends will no longer have a home for their stories because a well respected publisher gave notice it will be closing its doors. Considering how small the publishing industry has already become, I worry about my friends, as well as the publisher’s employees.
In my state, jobs are moving out or shutting down, and my family has been affected. While my job is sticking around, the health insurance plan they are giving us will be permanently downgraded as of next month.
Oh, and last week I lost my wedding ring. Topped off by a pipe in my basement suddenly breaking. Water poured out with a force worthy of a typhoon. Cleaning that up required buckets, which we emptied endlessly.
I’ve done my best to hold myself together while my family gives me hugs to cheer me up. I should at least get points for pretending to be calm.
It is so hard to keep on writing with all these bad things going on. It is depressing for me as a person and distracting for me as an author. When all this bad news started hitting, I sat around and thought about whether I wanted to hold off writing until I’m in a “better place.”
Then I thought to myself, writing is my better place. A place where I can live vicariously through my characters’ challenges. I can handle their hardships because I know that they will pull through. I need to have that same confidence for me personally. For my family. My author-friends. My community at large.
I write romance because I strongly believe that everyone’s life needs a “happily ever after.” I hope to live out my own “HEA” soon. Until I do, I’m going to write away.
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