Checking In. Again.

One of the reasons I haven’t checked in is I hate adding new posts and bothering you guys without giving you new material, but I also don’t like a ton of time to pass without giving some sort of notice I’m still alive and in this.

At the beginning of November, I had hoped that I would be able to participate in NaNoWriMo and get some of Bittersweet done. That just…never materialized. I managed straight A’s this semester, but I also gave myself a brand-new stress condition — hives.  Between papers, work, and itching myself into oblivion, I’ve just been worn out. Even the last week, with school over, the run up to the holidays was crazy. I’m the only single non parent in my family, so the extra errands fall to me.

However–and I know I’ve said this before–but next semester is looking up. I’m only taking three classes, and my tuition is less due to that fact, which means my refund will go a lot further. I’m actually going to be in the position to pay off my credit cards for the first time since I got my first card at the age of 20. Plus, I was offered a better position with better pay at the school where I work. If everything goes the way it should, it will be the first time in nearly three years that I’ll feel okay. And not so stressed about money and my job situation. A lot of my creative energy has been sapped, particularly over the last year and half due to stress.

I had hoped I would be able to pull together a short Christmas story for you guys, but I wasn’t able to find the time. That being said, I am still hopeful one of the two short stories I’m working on will be ready by New Year’s Day, which still makes it okay for a holiday story 😛 And by that time, I should have a good handle on how the time away from work and school is recharging my brain.

Still here. Just tired. 😛


  • First and foremost, taking care of yourself and family is #1! Thanks for checking in Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Will be patiently awaiting any updates, till then, take care.


    According to Jenn on December 25, 2016
  • Do your best and take care of yourself. We will be waiting when you come back

    According to leasmom on December 25, 2016
  • I for one will be here when ever you able to share with us some of your talents! Relax and take all the time you need!

    According to mary rose on December 26, 2016
  • So glad to know you are still here and that you did so well with school! So sorry to hear about the stress and hives that went along with that effort. Glad less stress is on the horizon. My advice – don’t even worry about the stories. Step away from the computer, walk outside (wherever that may be), look up at the sky or whatever other sights you may see and just feel the “awe” of how big the sky, or how majestic the mountains, oceans or lakes near you are. You’ve spent so much of the past few years giving (whether to your school work, family, your readers, stress in general) . . . let something give back to you to help you recharge. Who knows . . . you may find inspiration hits so suddenly that instead of fulfilling a commitment you made to write, you’ll be super-charged to sit at your computer and let loose some new story that gives you more energy as you write. A belated Merry Christmas and a Happy, healthy new year.

    According to Living LIason on December 29, 2016
  • I had stopped in to read These Small Hours again and saw your message. I think it’s great you gave an update even without a story post. So many boards have been abandoned, it’s nice to see any activity. Be well!

    According to Shannon on January 6, 2017
  • Health and well-being first. Glad things are looking up. We’ll be here, waiting. Happy New Year!

    According to Xenares on January 8, 2017