Okay so it looks like I fell off the planet. Promise - I'm still here. The last two years have been ... hard. There's no other word for it. Everything is fine. I'm fine, but I've been the caregiver of my Mother-in-law and now I'm taking care of my mom. Between her needs, work, etc I seem to have lost control of my time. I am still writing and have made a few hard decisions.

I pulled my books from Mundania and have decided to to try to sell them through other publishers. I'm happy to say the 1st three books I sold to HSWF (now owned by Mundania) have been picked up by Melange Books and will be released through their Satin Books imprint. The rest I'm still working on.

I'll probably still be sporadic. Unless I win the lottery and can hire someone to help me I can't avoid it, but know I'm still here still working hard in the background and am hoping to do better at keeping my blog alive.


Tink...tink...tink...anyone out there? Hi! I'm Barbara Donlon Bradley - Author - editor and slightly crazy - ask anyone in my family. I hope to use this blog to talk about writing, editing and whatever pops in my head. Hope you enjoy.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Random Thoughts: Writing in Adversity

The last two months have been big ball of stress. My mom got sick, ended up in the hospital, then rehab, then my house. In the meantime I had to clean out her upstairs apartment because she can no longer climb the stairs to her place and needed to move into a first floor apartment. So I had six weeks to clear out twenty-nine years worth of saving. Plus my mother-in-law (I'm her caregiver) was jealous. Now to add to the mix I had a family reunion happening but I couldn't leave the two mom's alone. My sister-in-law said she couldn't come to stay with them and my mother-in-law fought against us bringing in someone to cook for them and make sure they were okay.

I'm not telling you this for sympathy but to show that no matter what goes on around you, you can still write. I did. It wasn't much - maybe a line or two each day but I made that effort to put words on the page. Life will interfere, there's no way around it, but you need to work through it all to keep writing. There are too many distractions in life to makes us stop. I could have dropped everything, and came close, but my writing is my passion and I knew I couldn't give it up.

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