Tag Archives: Family Reunion


Hello bloggers. It is the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means, right? Time for the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

NinjaInsecure Writers Support Group Badge Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh , my hero and one of my mentors, founded this amazing and wonderful group.

The group’s purpose is to allow writers to share their doubts and fears, trials and tribulations without fear of being mocked or feeling foolish. It’s also a place where writers who have “been there” can offer wisdom and guidance.

Whenever anyone finishes a draft, edits their work, finds the perfect critique group, publishes their work, or has any other good news to share, this is the place to do it too!

The awesome co-hosts for the August 2 posting of the IWSG are Christine Rains, Dolarah @ Book Lover, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Yvonne Ventresca, and LG Keltner!

Oh boy. Where do I begin? I can’t believe it’s been two months since I posted ANYTHING on this blog. I know I’ve been bad, but now I’m starting to break records. And not in a good way!

I’ll start off with some of the good things going on. It’s always better that way, don’tcha think?

I’ve been reunited with my aunt Mickey and cousin Michelle after sixteen years. It was truly a blessing. I hadn’t seen them since my mother’s funeral in 2001. They picked me up last weekend to spend the week with them in Massachusetts. The ride was brutal but worth it. Sadly, my favorite uncle Joe passed away in 2015, so I missed the opportunity to see him and tell him again how much I love him. Shell’s kids are amazing young men now. One is in a graduate program for neuroscience (look at that!), and the other is in college as well.

The weather wasn’t cooperative, so I had a few bad days while I was there. The fact that my cousin made two Hungarian dishes for me while I was there certainly lifted my spirits. 🙂 I’ll be posting some pictures soon.

I was sad to leave but had to get back to Sophie.

Today I went for my followup cervical MRI, with and without contrast, to see if the Syringomyelia has gotten worse or stayed the same. Fingers crossed! I don’t want any more on my plate. My knee has been giving me a ton of problems over the past few months and I’m almost afraid to have it looked at again.

August 2 Question: What are your pet peeves when reading/writing/editing? You can check out the answer at my other blog site lilicasplace.

What’s new and exciting in your neck of the writing woods?





Celebrate the Small Things – September 19, 2014

Hello my beloved bloggers. I know you all must be wondering what’s been going on with me. I haven’t been blogging for a little bit, and I’ve neglected my Celebrate the Small Things meme for quite a while. To be honest, I’ve been in a really bad place for the past couple of months and felt I had nothing to celebrate. Recently, after receiving a well needed kick in the pants by several concerned, caring, and loving people,  I realized that I do indeed have many things to celebrate – both small and LARGE. So I’m going to hop to it now…

Today is Friday, September 19, 2014 and it’s time for the weekly meme ‘Celebrate the Small Things’ brought to us by Viklit at Scribblings of an Aspiring Author.

Celebrate the Small Things

Join the Celebration!!!

This is one of the easiest blog-hops around. Post anything in life that you’re celebrating, no matter how small or big, on your blog.

Sign up by clicking on the image to your left, and hop around and celebrate with others. Make sure your blog post has a link to the sign-up as well, so other bloggers will be able to sign-up and hop around too!

After posting the things you have to celebrate, please don’t forget to visit and thank Viklit’s awesome and amazing co-hosts for the wonderful job they do:

Diana Wilder
LG Keltner @ Writing Off the Edge
Katie @ TheCyborg Mom
CaffeMaggieato @ mscoffeehouse

I will start off by telling you the HUGE NEWS I have to celebrate first:

  • After having been estranged from my brother for almost 13 years, we have finally re-united (not personally yet, but I’ll be making some travel arrangements soon enough). I’ve also found my niece, nephew, and sister-in-law too. (I was entering the hospital when I initially reached out to them, so I haven’t spoken to them yet, but I am oh, so excited!)
  • I joined the Fellowship of the Dragon, which is a small group of bloggers whose purpose is to make sure we reach the goals we set for ourselves. We cheer each other on when we succeed, and gently kick each others butts when we slack. This is just what I need. I’m throwing my personal goals in there too!!
  • I spent a few days in NJ to see a couple of friends going through a rough patch. It feels nice to be needed, although I wish it was for more pleasant things.
  • I’m dedicating more time and energy to home physical therapy.
  • I AM STILL ALIVE!!!!! My spirit may have been torn, but it will NEVER, EVER be broken!


What have you celebrated this week?