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As most of you who are on Facebook will know, this has been a gruelling autumn, mainly spent on hospital and nursing home visits, consultations with doctors and social services etc. My father survived his 92nd birthday in September, but died in early November. We held a small family funeral here in Somerset and are now adjusting to his absence: we will greatly miss him. My mother will continue to live with us; a lot of time has been spent on house clearance, therefore, but we are getting there. I’ve been going back and forth to Gloucester, reconnecting with the Severn Valley, and we should be done by the end of January.

Shortly after my father’s death, my teaching load increased substantially, we had a massive computer crash (the PC and 3 laptops stopped working properly) and thus the writing has had to take a backseat. I must apologise to those of you waiting for stories: I am working again, though slowly, and two out of the three stories for this quarter are almost done.

If you need to contact me, here, email or facebook are the best way to do it. I have had a mobile phone for the duration of my father’s illness, but will not be continuing with its use: I find having one is too stressful these days, and am limiting my online time to sites which are not one long argument. I don’t care what the arguments is, or how justified; my limited time and energy needs to go elsewhere (tweeting me is pointless: I never check it). However, there are some good personal developments coming up in my writing work next year, and also some positive and much wider initiatives in SFF, aimed at supporting newer writers, in which I will be playing a part. More on those as they happen.

Date: 2014-12-07 04:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] purplecthulhu.livejournal.com
Very sorry to hear of your loss, and my condolences to your mother and everybody else in the family.

With that and everything else it sounds like a very tough year but I'm glad to hear there are positive developments as well.

Hope to see you at Milford if not before.

Date: 2014-12-07 05:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mevennen.livejournal.com
Thank you - and excellent news that you are coming to Milford!

Date: 2014-12-07 05:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fredbassett.livejournal.com
It's certainly been a tough year for you. I do hope life improves and soon. It would be nice to meet up with you both when you have some free time, but no rush. You've been in our thoughts.

I quite understand the desire to stay away from online arguments. There's been a long-running and nasty one in the caving world this year and it's taken a massive toll on my mental well-being. Life really is too short to argue with idiots.

Date: 2014-12-07 08:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mevennen.livejournal.com
Thanks - it would be really good to see you both, too.

Date: 2014-12-07 05:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elarasophia.livejournal.com
I'm very sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and all your family.

I'm glad to hear of good writing developments, and I hope that these positive things continue to grow for you from here on.

Date: 2014-12-07 08:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mevennen.livejournal.com
Thank you!

Date: 2014-12-07 08:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ms-cataclysm.livejournal.com
Roger and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. I think that it's always much more of a shock than you think it's going to be, even when you've been expecting it at some sort of level.

Date: 2014-12-07 08:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mevennen.livejournal.com
Thank you - my father declined over a year, and it has been very hard.

Date: 2014-12-07 08:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cissa.livejournal.com
I am sorry it's been so hard, and I am wishing you all the very best.

Date: 2014-12-09 07:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mevennen.livejournal.com
Thank you - that is very kind.

Date: 2014-12-08 01:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] msconduct.livejournal.com
I'm so sorry to hear of your father's loss. The idea of the story subscription was to support you as a writer, not to stress you further, and I for one am more than happy to wait as long as it takes for it not be an added burden at an already difficult time.

Date: 2014-12-09 07:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mevennen.livejournal.com
Thank you - that's a very kind thing to say.

Date: 2014-12-08 02:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] txanne.livejournal.com
I'm sorry to hear of your loss.

I hang out on FFA, and I want to thank you for doing what you're doing. I really think it's going to make SFF a better place for all of us.

Date: 2014-12-09 07:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mevennen.livejournal.com
Thanks! Laura has some amazing ideas and I think 2015 could be very interesting, in a good way.

Date: 2014-12-08 04:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] e-moon60.livejournal.com
Sorry to hear about your losses (and that last year, for some, is definitely a grueling one.) I wish you better fortune in the coming year, as much peace and joy as can possibly land on you.

Date: 2014-12-09 07:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mevennen.livejournal.com
Thank you - and to you too.

Date: 2014-12-08 08:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] history-monk.livejournal.com
Sympathies for everything, and hopes for a better new year.

Date: 2014-12-09 07:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mevennen.livejournal.com
Many thanks!

Date: 2014-12-09 06:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jmward14.livejournal.com
Sending belated condolences on your loss, and all the best wishes for comfort in the holiday season, and a much happier, healthier, less stressful 2015.

Date: 2014-12-09 07:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mevennen.livejournal.com
Thank you!

Date: 2014-12-10 07:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] expelle.livejournal.com
It's been a really tough autumn for a lot of people I know going through various things medical with family or themselves, along with loads of other things. I include myself in that, which is why I've been quiet in commenting on your Facebook and I apologise that I didn't offer my condolences on your dad's passing at the time it happened but I was also wrapped up in a family death and didn't know it happened until a while after the fact. :/ No excuse and I'm really sorry for your loss. Looking forward to seeing you and Trevor in the next few weeks though and having a proper catch up. Take care and speak to you soon. xoxo

Date: 2014-12-11 09:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mevennen.livejournal.com
No problem - but I am sorry to hear about your own family issues. Looking forward to catching up in the NY!

Date: 2014-12-14 08:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mysterysquid.livejournal.com
That's hard. Condolences to your family. Great to hear things are picking up on the writing front though.

Date: 2014-12-14 09:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mevennen.livejournal.com
Many thanks!

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