I contemplated writing a poetic blog, filled with whimsical deep thoughts, to send my readers off with. I even considered using the phrase, “my final published piece.” Yet, the more I try to think in that manner, the words refuse to form. Instead, I will simply write on this transition I find started years ago.
Perhaps it was when I returned to live in New Hampshire and finished the third book in The Vincent Chronicles series. I still remember when Vincent says goodbye to his brother, not because he wants to, but it’s the only way for Christian to move forward along his path.
Like my fictional character, I have been pulled, maybe even tugged in different directions since Stephen’s death. Twelve years in and I wonder how time passed so quickly. I still yearn and dream of returning to Manning Lake, to the serenity and peace of the surrounding mountains, and the many memories I shared with my twin, our siblings, family, and friends. To have a home in the area like Christian had, to be near a resting spot of Stephen’s, would be a dream come true.
For the present, I am in Italy, near the end of year one of my overseas experience. Some might think I’m taking the roundabout route to accomplish my goals. How many people head overseas to find direction when they could just drive a day’s ride up the road? I never claimed to be the conventional type. Ask how many times I have zigzagged up and down the Atlantic coastline and you would agree with that assessment.
Now in early April 2017, I feel like I have a plan in place, one that I can follow and achieve. The first part was teaching overseas. The next part is to say goodbye to the self publishing world. With A Second Chance and I Should Have Known released it seems like a good time for a break.
My eleven books have entertained many readers. I know from letters and emails that some readers were helped during times of grief, and others got a well deserved break from reality. More recently, I know several children who have found a new escape with friends Keira and Luza in my Frankie Yandow series.
I don’t believe this will be the end of my publishing experience, but it will be an undetermined time off. I won’t pretend that blog writing will make up for this departure, nor will I intend it to fill that void. As much as I have fought the urge to take a break, I have other pieces in my plan that needs my focus and attention.
For those looking for new books, you’ll have to wait for now. This won’t be goodbye, but a time apart, until I can bask in the late autumn sun under the vibrant, colorful leaves of New England. When that day comes, be ready…