Wondering where I’ve been lately? Ok. You probably haven’t. But I’m going to tell you anyway. Because I’m cool like that.

Quite simply. I’ve been around. Things have been busy lately and I haven’t had a chance to update the blog on my regular basis.

Too Princessy book coverFirst, as noted in a previous post, my daughter pilfered a Perfect Picture Book that I was going to review. Good news: we found it. Bad news: it was overdue, so I returned it before reviewing it.

My 16-year old kitty-cat
Juliet Verdun
December 1995 – May 2012

Second, life/family got in the way. My 16-1/2 year old cat got sick and eventually passed away. Juliet was the best cat in the world, and it’s definitely hard to lose a companion that has been around for half your life. But, at the end, I was feeding her out of a syringe, and that’s no way for a cat to live. We were going to have her put down, but she died peacefully in her sleep two days before we had our vet appointment.

Juliet is now buried under the lilac bush in our backyard. When my hubby was watering the grass, my three-year old chirped in, “Don’t forget to water Ju-wee-ett.” It’s nice to know she’ll always be with us, and that she lived long enough to meet both my children.

Third, last weekend, I went to the SCBWI-MI Spring Conference, which was awesome, although I had to leave early for my daughter’s dance recital, which was also awesome. Now, I need to focus my time on polishing up a few manuscripts to hopefully get them ready for submission. I have a “magic ticket” that allows me to submit to a closed-house publisher. The “magic ticket” window doesn’t last long, so I’ll need to put some more attention on my children’s writing, and let the blog go for a bit longer.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically HandicappedFourth, and hopefully last, I’m headed to Rhode Island for a week for the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Biennial Conference. Talk about a mouthful. I’m excited to see what other libraries are up to and I’m also excited to visit Rhode Island, because I’ve never been out that way before. If you’re familiar with the Newport area, I’d definitely love any tips you have to share.

Hopefully, the blogging hiatus will only last another week or two. I’ve got books to review, but no time to do them justice.


Author: Nessa

Librarian for people with visual and physical impairments, and mother of two sharp-witted alien children.

3 thoughts on “Hiatus”

  1. A book suggestion in honor of Juliet, may she rest, well watered, in peace:
    You probably already know How to Talk to Your Cat (Harper Collins, 2000), by Jean Craighead George but if not I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

    1. Thanks for the suggestion. I thought about picking something up for my kids, but need got around to it, since they seemed to deal okay with everything. However, I think I may pick up this book next time I’m at the library.

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