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Monday, November 26, 2012

The Errant Writer

Holy cow! I can't believe I haven't posted a word on my blog since May. Truth is, I went through an unusual phase of life, recuperating from surgery, awakening to the possibility that I might actually be mortal, and then seizing the day. Yes, I decided I would never turn down another possibility of having fun. As a result, since May, I have traveled to Canada to see Niagara Falls; to Tennessee to see Gatlinburg and Pidgeon Forge; to the beach (Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, Florida) to spend ten days of listening to the surf, enjoying the sunrises over the ocean, walking on the beach, and braving the waves; and to Tallahassee, Florida, to attend a week of classes on a wide variety of subjects. I know, that's a long sentence, but it's my blog, and I can write poorly if I want, as long as I know better.

Anyway, with all the traveling, when I'm in town, I've been working twice as hard to keep up with my full-time book-editing business. As a result, things like blogs fell by the wayside. Also as a result of my inactivity on my blog, Google, which supports my blog site, shut me out of my site. It took me almost a week to get it all straightened out, so I could post again.

Lesson learned: Enjoy life, but keep up with the things you've promised, such as writing a blog for writers.

Before I went into surgery, knowing some people never get off the operating table alive, I did a few things all writers should do all the time: I made many backups to my files. In addition, I printed out my memoir, which has yet to find a publisher, so that it might be found by a relative after my demise and carry on without me. Thankfully I did wake up after surgery and recovered fully. I have since written more in my memoir and started another book, but at least I have that one printout of my memoir, should anything crash my computer, my external hard drive, my flash drive, and my Carbonite account on the Internet.

What have you done lately to ensure your data won't get lost or corrupted?

What have you done lately just for fun?

What have you written lately?

These are questions I will ask myself regularly, for the rest of my life, which I hope continues for many, many more years.

I want to thank my blog subscribers for their patience while I traversed an odd time in life, and here's to a fresher, more responsive blogging Bobbie!