It’s been a while since I have blogged. Every year I resolve to blog more, and this year, 2017 could be the year I actually stick to the resolution.
As we prepare to say goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017 I wanted to say thank you and wish you a new year filled with peace, love and laughter.
2016 was a difficult year for many, one in which I personally lost too many people in my life. I don’t share many personal details of my life on social media, but sometimes you just need to reach out. To those of you who offered your sympathies and sent messages, it helped me tremendously. The celebrity deaths were unimaginable. As a child of the eighties, losing Prince, David Bowie, and George Michael all in the same year. . . wow, how do you even process that? Those artists were a huge part of the soundtrack of my youth. Saying goodbye left me feeling particularly heartbroken. So many songs attached to an abundance of memories.
On the brighter side of 2016 I was able to meet and connect with many friends and readers at book signings all over the country, from Des Moines to Miami. Finally, I met people whom for the last two years I’d known from social media. That was something really special. I will never forget those memories.
2017 will usher in a new milestone for me, I will publish my fourth book. And without publishing at all in 2016 this one has me feeling all kinds of giddy and over the moon excited, even though at times I struggled wondering if anyone would care about this book. I wrestled with my feelings of irrelevance, and why wouldn’t I? I am human.
Fourteen months. Fourteen long months that will be the space of time between publishing Perfectly Scripted and publishing Bound to Me at the end of January. I endured countless speed-bumps, not with the story itself but things of a greater nature that kept me from being able to write. There were days, sometimes weeks at a time that went by, where I couldn’t sit long enough to type a sentence or two without being plagued by pain.
You see, I suffer from chronic neck and back pain. This past spring, I was lucky enough to add a disorder that feels a lot like vertigo on top of that. For nearly three months, every time I sat at my desk to write I felt as if I was ‘rocking on a boat.’ This sensation didn’t just happen to me when writing, as I would walk it felt as if I was ‘stepping over waves in the ocean.’ I was told the symptoms could stay with me for a few days, maybe weeks or even years. The good news was that this disorder usually subsides on its own.
It was annoying.
It was frustrating.
It was a pain in the ass because I had stuff to do and books to write.
After about two months the symptoms disappeared. Hooray!
Weeks later they reappeared. Boo!
Three days later the symptoms went away again. Hooray!
During this time, I panicked every day over stupid stuff. The constant reminder that it had been eleven months between publishing unscripted and Perfectly Scripted weighed heavily on my mind. But those of you who know me know that I am a worrier, it’s just the way I’m wired. So when the going gets tough, the tough get going, or in my case writing.
Thank you dear readers for sticking with me on this very long journey. And I especially thank you for all of your excitement for Alex and Ella’s story.
So here’s to a new year!!
Hugs, Kisses and many Cheers, Christy