What’s up?

I don’t know if anyone noticed, but I’ve been a lot less active online lately. I did my October tour and tried to cover those comments, but as far as new content here goes, I’ve been pretty lax.

There is a lot going on in my life right now. As only one example, my father had another collapse last week. They flew him to the Huntsman Cancer Center in Salt Lake.

This came as a surprise, because my parents see a lot of doctors throughout the year. To learn that he has masses from his bladder to his lungs seems kind of sudden. They won’t call them cancer until they do the biopsies on Monday.

I’ve been on the phone with family, or in contact via electronic means for a week now. There is some discussion about taking him home to await the inevitable.

Dad has been fading for years, and he’s in his late eighties, so this isn’t completely unexpected. Everyone goes eventually, from something. It’s just another in a long line of things to deal with this year.

I missed a day and a half of work, but am determined to work all next week. There is nothing I can do about any of this, and it takes a few days for that to settle in. The issue with my father is only about one in six different things I’m dealing with right now. I’m not posting about the rest of it.

I’m trying to dabble with promotional posts for Lanternfish, but not making much progress. I want to release it soon, but I’m also exhausted. I’ll pick away at promo posts, then consider doing a limited release tour when I’m finally ready.

I’m also dabbling with my side project, but word count is way down. If I get a page per session, I’m lucky. There’s just too damned much going on elsewhere to focus. 28K words in and I already killed a character. I’m going to keep it moving, but might have to back up and review once I’m in a different mindset.

Not really looking for sympathy here. I just want my readers to know that a forced slowdown is upon me. I’m still here, there will be a release of Lanternfish. There will be more stories. It’s just that I’m in lower gear right now.

I don’t think 2021 is going to be getting a positive review from me.


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38 responses to “What’s up?

  1. HI Craig, I am so sorry to hear about your father. Such things are always a horrible shock. I wish you well with everything else as well. I don’t think 2021 is getting a great review from anyone. Hugs.

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  2. I’m so sorry to hear about your father’s medical news. We’re kind of in the same place with our 92-year-old dad, wondering when the ax will fall. You have all my sympathy.

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  3. Sorry to hear about your father. Totally get why you’d be quieter here because that stuff comes first. Hard to hit ‘like’ on this one because it sounds like you’re having a rough time. Hope things get better soon and you get some good news.

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  4. Gwen M. Plano

    I’m with you, Craig, in trying to balance the challenges/sorrows of life. These days, I just try to take it as it comes and accept that there are times when a river ride turns into Class VI rapids. Sending prayers of support…and pleas for an extra set of strong oars. 💗

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  5. I agree on 2021. It seems a continuum of 2020. I hope your dad at least has some peace during this trying time. I guess I would hope that for you as well.

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  6. Victoria Zigler

    Unfortunately, I think a lot of people will be giving 2021 a negative review. It definitely failed to deliver on what it promised, that’s for sure. Anyway, I did notice you were posting less, but I hoped/thought it was that the tour was keeping you busy and you were spending lots of time at the writing cabin or something. Or maybe even just enjoying the pumpkin goodness of the season. I really wish I’d been right. I’m sorry things are so rough right now, and about your Dad’s health issues (whether cancer or not). He might be getting up there in years, but I know that doesn’t make it easier.

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  7. I am sorry about your father, Craig. It’s totally understandable why you’ve been quieter here.

    Personal issues aside, you’ve had a busy year writing-wise Maybe stepping back for a few days or weeks will help you to come back stronger with fresh ideas. I look at writing as a marathon, not a 400-meter sprint.

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  8. You are dealing with a lot, Craig. Family comes first above and beyond anything else. Your reading fans will still be there when you publish Lanternfish. Take a deep breath and try to get some rest. I have to agree with you about the review for 2021. It’s been a struggle. Take care!

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  9. So sorry to hear about your dad, Craig. I care for my elderly parents, so the medical challenges are familiar. Sometimes things are just beyond our control. We rise to the challenge as a matter of course and keep on keeping on. I hope all goes well and hope you and your family has a better week ahead.

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  10. I noticed you weren’t posting as much, and I had my fingers crossed it was because you’d won the lottery and were taking lots of fun trips, but that doesn’t happen very often. Sorry to hear about your dad. There comes a point when all you can hope is that they’re comfortable and not in any pain. At that point, good luck to you and your mom and family. This stage is hard. And it never fails when one thing goes sideways, more has to follow. My thoughts are with you. And when you get around to publishing Lanternfish, I’ll be one of the first in line to download it.

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  11. D.L. Finn, Author

    Sorry about your dad and year. Take care of yourself and your family.

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  12. So sorry to hear about your dad, Craig. Just focus on your family right now – that’s what matters.

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  13. I am so sorry, Craig. Spend time with your family. Everything else comes secondary to those we love. Sending hugs your way…

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  14. My get-up-and-go has got-up-and-went too … nothing in particular, just no drive.
    Very sorry to hear about your dad. I’m a bit late reading your post so I hope all the necesssary decisions have been made and you’re all coming to terms with it all.
    Have a big hug from over here in British Columbia anyway. 🙂

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  15. D.L. Finn, Author

    Sorry about your dad, Craig. Family always come first, take care of yourself and family.

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