Friday, January 29, 2016

So, Here We Are....



18 months ago I walked out on my blog. I didn’t know, back then, that it was my last post, but in retrospect I suppose it had been the natural course after a year of an off again-on again relationship. But for some reason, a year and half later, here I am, standing at its front door with a bouquet of flowers. Don’t get me wrong – this isn’t Katie picking up the proverbial plume (is that a thing?) again.  

While there is still ‘a’ writer floating around in Katieland, I no longer identify myself as ‘a writer’. Which is why I think I took a step (okay, a very large leap) back from that world. Because my days were no longer filled with word counts, and chapters, characters, or pacing, query letters and agents. And while I remain in tune to some of the news through authorly and bloggerly friends on facebook, I haven’t used my writer account in ages because I feel so out of touch with a writer’s day to day. 

Nope. Since the birth of our baby boy in May 2015, my days have been spent firmly (although sometimes painfully) grounded in the real world. Our little guy had a hard time of it those first few months. He was born with an undetected heart defect that needed open-heart surgery a few days before his three-month birthday. He made it through with flying colors, though, and has been growing strong and healthy ever since. 

Our oldest daughter, Lily, began the sixth grade at an international middle school 20 minutes from here, so this year has consisted of LOTS of taxi-ing her and her two younger sisters around to and from their respective schools, cleaning, cooking, shopping, and caring for two babies (two and under) AND studying to pass my teaching certification exams in March since I finally FINALLY obtained French citizenship and can be employed as a state employee (ie public school teacher) full time. 

So, here we are. Even now, as I read through this short post, I can feel the passion remains unstirred. I hope someday that part of me will get her time in the sun again. Until then, I just wanted to let everyone know that I’m still here, I’m okay, and I think of you often and wish all of my old blogger buddies the very best in everything!

This is Creepy, signing off...again. :)

-CQC

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