Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The good, the bad and the ugly...

I can hardly believe it's been two whole weeks since I posted. And, man...what a two weeks. On the good side, my youngest sister's birthday just passed and we went to a hockey game with her (my first every professional one). There were some small fights and then one big one - apparently de rigger for such things. LOL Can't wait to go back. ::wink::

My second-oldest sister is having major health issues though. She had two surgeries in one day last week and some pretty ugly complications after one of them. Turns out, she doesn't have one kind of cancer (good news), but she does have another. I would so appreciate prayers for her and the rest of our family. My mom (who many of you know has been living with a terminal illness for several years) has been strong, but is *really* having a hard time with this.

Another bit of good news is that I signed with a new agent and I'm really pleased about that. Not so good news is that I can't seem to write. I'm hiding in *reading*, but that won't get my books done and somehow I've got to. Because I need them to keep me sane. I really do.

I'll try to post more frequently, but when there are longish bouts between just think...five teenagers in the house, sick sister, sick mom and a writer who gets lost reading every once in a while. :)

I'm hoping to have Dianne Castell on here soon as a guest blogger. She's an amazing writer and one of the nicest people I know. :)

Discussion question: What is your favorite part of late fall, heading towards winter? I love blustery weather when I don't have to be out in it, but I admit as asthetically enthralling as I find heart breaks for the homeless this time of year.


Marilyn Shoemaker said...

Your "hiding in reading" made me sit up and take notice. Why?

After working 17 years for a major cruise line I was told my job was moving to another state. I thought I was fine but I wasn' what did I do? I read and read and those of ou who know me, know I did this and others might not understand.

However, you have people coming at you from every direction, you are supposed to hold your chin up and move on but how can you?

So, romance readers, all I can say is read, enjoy and get comfort because I did and it got me through a very difficult time.

Maura said...

I love the sparse skeletal tree limbs in the fall!

Kate Walker said...

Hugs on the bad and the ugky, Lucy. It's so hard to write when life comes and bites you. You and your sister and your Mum are in my thoughts and prayers. It seems as if there are a lot of writers going through this right now - not that that makes it any easier.

Enjoy losing yourself in reading - you'll come out the other side inspired and refreshed, I hope

(whose word verification spelled out rake cutie ! Ver appropriate for a historical romance wrier's blog ;-) )

Kate Davies said...

You've had the prayers all along, dear, but now they'll be more targeted. :) Hugs to you and your family.

On Saturday, we were at my in-laws' house, and there was a terrific thunderstorm. I mean, true, honest-to-goodness east coast-style thunder and lightning fest.

And we're on the west coast, which doesn't get these very often if at all.

The kids were fascinated at first, but as time wore on (it happened over a twelve-hour time period, not perpetual but frequently enough) it lost its appeal for them.

Not me. I loved the booming thunder, the crack of lightning, the lashing rain against the windows.

Then, by four am, with two kids crawling into bed with us because they were scared, I was ready for it to be done, too.

Other than that, I loved it. :)

Stacy~ said...

Hey Lucy, hugs to you and yours. You're all in my thoughts and prayers. We're here for you if you need to vent, or just get away from reality for awhile. You need that time to re-charge, you know?

Ain't hockey great? I just love it :)

This time of year depresses me a little too. I was just thinking about the homeless yesterday as I ran from the store back to the car - it was so cold and windy, and not even in the 30's, yet it was miserable, and I kept thinking of those who live out in it. Prayers to them as well.

I can't say I like much about this time of year, except indoor heat LOL. I like snowmobiling in the winter, but that's as adventurous as I get. Winter was made for reading and sitting by the fire, imo.

Joyce said...

To quote Kate Walker's comment - it's hard to write when life comes and bites you.

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Just take it day by day.

I love fall when the leaves turn so many fantastic colors.

Cryna said...

Big hugs to you, your sister and Mom - and know that I will be saying extra prayers for you all.

We had one of our famous Chinooks blow through here last night, and all the snow that we have been having disappeared overnight. I like that about the weather here, that we do get the Chinooks. But the damage outside of the City was extensive, which was not great as the winds were something else, usually it is windy, but not to the point it was last night. I am not a winter person, as I don't skate, or ski or whatever else you can do out in the cold. I prefer to stay in where it is warm, read and have a nice hot drink.

I love hockey and watching it. So whenever I get a chance I watch it on TV. Especially when the home team is playing.

I too think of the homeless at this time of year, and it seems that there are getting to be more and more of them because of the way that things are going. Here they are trying to use different buildings - like empty schools that have been closed down, etc. to house the homeless at night, but we all know that is just a bandaid affect. "Sigh"

Kelley said...

Your family will be in my prayers, Lucy.

I love those getting lost in reading times.

Lucy Monroe said...

Thanks, everyone. :) I can see some of my favorite things are yours and several of you share my ambiguous feelings about the blessings of this season. Like a book that makes you cry, winter has beauty that can sometimes hurt. ;)

Estella said...

I love the wind blowing the leaves off the trees.

Chantal said...

Hi Lucy, sorry to hear about the health problems *hugs*

My kids love this time of year because they like to collect, and do crafts with leaves.

Melissa said...

I'll certainly keep you and your family in my prayers!

Almost all the pretty colors are gone here in Ohio this time of year and it is cold, dark (and for the last few days wet). I do love seeing what colors haven't fallen off the trees.Since its so cold and damp I love being able to come home after church on Sunday afternoons and cranking up my electric blanket and taking a nice snuggly nap.

lidia said...

Sending many {{{HUGS}}} your way! You and your family will be in my prayers.

As for this time year, I love it when it is crisp and people start to use their fireplaces. When driving you can smell -- I love that. Gives me a great homey/comforting feeling.

Lucy Monroe said...

Oh...I love the leaves changing color! We drive our neighbors crazy because we refuse to blow our changing leaves out of the trees (those blowers are so noisy anyway) and wait for them to fall because they're so pretty.

And I think that *is* my favorite part of late fall/early winter - the way the weather sort of brings out the cozy/family moments.

Lori said...

Hugs Lucy. I'll keep your sister in my prayers.

I do love hockey - aren't the games the best?

Enjoy your reading time. I'm sure there are times when you feel like you never have any time to do it. You'll get your writing juices back in no time :):

Judy F said...

Sending you and your family lots of prayers and hugs. I am so sorry to hear about your sister. HUGS

I love the changing of the leaves and strangley putting my summer stuff away and getting the winter stuff out. It amazes me that my west coast friends don't ever do that.

Serena said...

Hi Lucy,
Mixed news about your sister :( You know I'm sending prayers, positive thoughts and vibes for her, your mom and you.

My life is pretty much an open book. I think you know it all! LOL.

Lucy Monroe said...

Thanks for the prayers and hugs...and JudyF...I'm just about to do that - put away my summer stuff and hang up my winter clothes. I live on the West Coast, but maybe I'm an aberration. :)