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Not my usual subject: Why I’m not writing

Those of you who come here regularly have surely noticed the sporadic sprays of postings followed by long silence that’s become a pattern over the last year or two. For that I’m sorry for my original intent for this blog was always to provide regular postings. However, when you’re an only child with two elderly parents in their 90s their personal needs can easily override most other priorities.

During the last few years I’ve been in a fortunate position in my writing life because I haven’t been under contract for any books. Most of my focus has been devoted to story development for a new book project. Five to six years ago I assumed the caregiving role for my parents. At first the demands were few. But as time went on and, in particular, my father’s fight with emphysema became harder and harder, the demands on my time and energy grew. The past two years resulted in my gradual move into their home. My dad’s battle grew in intensity the past year and finally became all-consuming. He required hospice care here at home April 10th and gave up the fight April 22nd. That explains my absence.

I’m still taking care of my mom and now must take care of all those things that require attention after someone passes away. I’ve also developed some health issues the past few months, probably as a result of chronic and acute stress, so I don’t plan to do much blogging for the rest of the month. I need to rest, gather my thoughts, and let my energy rebuild. I hope to resume posting in June. You can view the tribute page to my dad online and, if you scroll to the end, you can also leave a message and/or sign the guest book, too. Thank you for your continued patience. I’m looking forward to hitting the keyboard once again.


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  • Deebs

    We understand, Vikk. Hang in there. Your friends will still be here once you are ready to again regale us with your take on the wonders of the writing life. In the meantime, take care of yourself and give yourself a pat on the back for being such a good daughter. I’m sure your father is watching with pride.

  • Deebs

    We understand, Vikk. Hang in there. Your friends will still be here once you are ready to again regale us with your take on the wonders of the writing life. In the meantime, take care of yourself and give yourself a pat on the back for being such a good daughter. I’m sure your father is watching with pride.

  • http://www.beckyjacoby.com BeckyJacoby

    My dear friend,
    You have my admiration, empathy and concern. You know how to reach me when you need to. Till then, rest in the spirit and receive the light headed your way.

  • http://www.beckyjacoby.com BeckyJacoby

    My dear friend,
    You have my admiration, empathy and concern. You know how to reach me when you need to. Till then, rest in the spirit and receive the light headed your way.

  • http://www.vikk.typepad.com/down_the_writers_path Vikk

    Thanks Deebs and Becky. I appreciate your thoughts and time in leaving your messages.

  • http://www.vikk.typepad.com/down_the_writers_path Vikk

    Thanks Deebs and Becky. I appreciate your thoughts and time in leaving your messages.

  • http://www.lillieammann.com/blog Lillie Ammann

    Take care of yourself as well as your mother, Vikk. Family and your health are much more important than writing this blog, though we miss you when you don’t write.
    My condolences on the loss of your father.

  • http://www.lillieammann.com/blog Lillie Ammann

    Take care of yourself as well as your mother, Vikk. Family and your health are much more important than writing this blog, though we miss you when you don’t write.
    My condolences on the loss of your father.

  • http://www.writersroundabout.com Rebecca Laffar-Smith

    My thoughts are with you and your mother, Vikk. Take care of yourself and embrace this opportunity to be with your mother. Time is precious and you really do not need to worry about your blog readers. We’ll return, when you do.

  • http://www.writersroundabout.com Rebecca Laffar-Smith

    My thoughts are with you and your mother, Vikk. Take care of yourself and embrace this opportunity to be with your mother. Time is precious and you really do not need to worry about your blog readers. We’ll return, when you do.