So blogging definitely fell by the wayside for most of the last two years. I can’t believe it’s been so long since I last posted. A lot has happened since then, life-changing kind of things.
Since my last post in March of 2017, I’ve published four books, four novellas, one short, and I’ve been in two coloring books. I’ve got another novel coming out this September, a novella in April, another novella in August. and another short in August. And that novel? It’s being published not by me but by Tangled Press, an imprint of Hot Tree. That’s big for me!
But those things have come with a lot of downs, too. It definitely hasn’t been easy, emotionally or professionally. There has been fallout, which I never expected. And it came in ways that kind of triggered some trust issues for me.
It’s safe to say that I’ve had more than my fair share of issues with female friends. No need to rehash that now, since I don’t think I’m likely to forget. But that trust was tested again. I absolutely hate holding on to negative things like hurt and resentment, but sometimes those things are hard to get past. But I’m working on it.
What else is changing? Well, it’s a little thing, but I’ve started to work my way back into crafty stuff. I put it largely aside while I was back in school, and then taking care of my parents. After they died, I lost any desire for it. The longer I stayed away from it, the harder it was to get back. Yeah, I’d crochet a hat now and then, but that was about it. But when Tripp begged for a new hat after the one I’d made him a decade ago finally decided to go, I picked up the hook again. And I realized how much I’d missed it. So, I opened up my Ravelry again and revamped my designs. I’d forgotten how therapeutic it is!
But the big change… Corey is retiring this year. He goes on t-leave in April. I can’t believe it’s finally here. And even though we’ve obviously known it was coming, it still has come with its share of surprises. We were planning on moving to the Big Island, but that has changed. We are staying here. There is a lack of jobs on Hawai’i, so we are staying on O’ahu. So that means putting off buying a home for a bit and we will be staying here on HMR, but in Legacy housing.
In truth, it’s probably a good thing. I mean, we wanted to stay here anyway. We love it here, or at least I do, and the commissary, PX, and TAMC are here… big things for retirees. Plus, Ka’lani was going to stay here anyway for work and Scott for college. But paying for the basics would have been almost impossible for them, so this works out for everyone.
So there we are! Change, change, and more change!