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  • September 25th, 2011 | 11:16 PM
Hello blog. Where I've been while I've been gone.

Hello blog. It's been a while. First things slowed down (in the middle of the series about my incarcerated teen poets) because Livejournal had the attack on their servers and then, well, life intervened, as it has a way of doing. And even though people say you don't need to say to write a post about being gone I feel compelled to say a few things. Three, I think.

Number one, a couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of going to Las Vegas to speak at their SCBWI conference. I had a wonderful time talking about creating characters and met some enthusiastic writers. But if that wasn't enough of an event, the day after the conference I had the pleasure of finally meeting the half-sister I never knew I had.

My lovely niece capture the very first hug.

What do you think, can you see a resemblence?

We spent a wonderful day together talking about similarities and differences and telling family stories. And as I posted on Facebook (forgive me for those of you reading this/seeing pics a second time) there will always be a hole in my heart from not knowing my dad but getting to my sister and some of the rest of the family goes a long way toward filling that up again.

Second, I've been spending a lot of my time and energy on learning how to eat in new ways and man, that takes more time than I realized. It's taken most of my focus just to get into these new habits but now I'm feeling like yes, they are habits. I'm maintaining the healthy course I want to be on and I don't feel at all deprived. I've lost 38 pounds so far and plan on keeping with the program until I am as healthy as I can be and then staying on the program to keep myself that way. And by "program" I don't mean something like Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig or some diet with a catchy name. I count calories and track it every day. I've cut out sugar and flour except for rare occassions. And that's about it. It really is that simple.

And third, I've been able to focus on my writing again. At last. In the past year I've let go of a ton of emotional baggage that has been weighing me down for years. And then there's the whole getting healthy thing. Not eating the right foods was rotting my brain and affecting my ability to focus. So I'm back to work, hard and fast, on my YA verse novel, coincidentally enough, about a very interesting pair of sisters. I'm sure you'll get to know them a bit better as the character letters start going back and forth again.

I'm a lucky gal. Life is good and I'm smart enough to know it. You know those songs where they say, "I feel like I could fly..." Well it's like that.

Yeah, just like that.

So hello blog, I've missed you.
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There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.


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September 26th, 2011 01:22 pm (UTC)
The resemblance I see is that you both look so happy! What a beautiful picture. And congratulations on the positive changes in your life and the new writing!
September 27th, 2011 04:46 am (UTC)
Thanks, Melissa. Yes, we were both smiling all day long!
September 26th, 2011 03:23 pm (UTC)
Susan, I just realized I didn't respond to your note. So sorry I let that slip but I wanted to tell you how heartwarming it is to look at you and your sister's smiling faces. Beautiful.

Congratulations on the improved health and vitality! Congratulations on resuming your writing life! Congratulations on living the good life!

Hooray for Susan!
September 27th, 2011 04:47 am (UTC)
Tracy, no problem! I knew you were thinking of me.

Thanks for being in my corner!
September 26th, 2011 03:48 pm (UTC)
What wonderful reasons to be offline! Glad to hear so many good things, and welcome back :)
September 27th, 2011 04:47 am (UTC)
Thank you! Man, I missed you folks.
September 26th, 2011 05:31 pm (UTC)
Welcome back, Susan. I'm so glad that it's been good stuff keeping you busy. YAH about the work on your YA verse novel! What a great photo!
September 27th, 2011 04:47 am (UTC)
Thanks so much!
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.

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