Thursday, January 19, 2012

January

Poor, neglected blog! I thought this month was going to be so focused on preparation for my upcoming trip to New York for the SCBWI conference, but it turned out a little (read: a lot) different than expected.

First off, one of my friends lost her battle with stomach cancer. A fast moving, debilitating, genetically linked cancer, her brother died of it in 2008, at the age of 37. Sandra was one month shy of her 40th birthday when she passed last Friday. Her memorial service was yesterday. A sad event, to be sure, but I'm so glad all the pain she endured is over.

Trivial in comparison though still time-consuming, stomach flu made a trip through our house last week. Not a fun way to spend the days, making Jello and rinsing throw-up bowls.

I'm back to work now, but I'm not sure how much blogging I'll get done between now and after I get home from New York, at the beginning of February. Hope January is going better for everyone out there! So far for us, it's been a cold, sad month, but I'm looking forward to happier times in the weeks ahead.

17 comments:

Cat Winters said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your friend, Ara! No wonder you've been absent from the blog between dealing with that experience and the stomach flu.

I hope your time in New York more than makes up for the rest of the month. If you can, pop back on the blog in February with a summary of your experience. I am definitely, DEFINITELY going back next year!

Ara Burklund said...

Thanks, Cathy. I'm hoping for good things in NY too! I'll definitely post about the trip when I get back. Looking forward to seeing you there in 2013! : )

Charlie Rice said...

I'm sorry to hear about your friend Sandra's passing. At only 39, it's even more painful. Cancer sucks.

I live in NYC and I don't think I can make it this time. I should stop saying "someday" and "one day" because every day is a gift, as your friend has shown. Best of luck to you in NYC. Have some fun!

Elizabeth Briggs said...

Sorry to hear about your friend. I hope you have a wonderful time in NY!

Ara Burklund said...

Thanks, Charlie! Thanks, Liz! Every day is indeed a gift!

Leslie Rose said...

Sending you hugs. It's so awful to go through the process of losing someone. New York will recharge you. Can't wait for the details.

Ara Burklund said...

Thanks, Leslie! I'm looking forward to NY being a nice distraction.

Dana Elmendorf said...

We'll have a blast in NY and hopefully get your mind off the first part of the month. Your lonely blog and mine should meet. It's been sporadic for me too.

Ara Burklund said...

I'm soooooo looking forward to NY! Can't wait!!!

Adrienne said...

So sorry about the rough patch, and especially for the loss of your friend. I hope better times are ahead.

Ara Burklund said...

Thanks, Adrienne! Me too.

Susan R. Mills said...

I'm so sorry about your friend. That's really sad. Enjoy the conference though. I can't wait to hear all about it.

Ara Burklund said...

Thank you, Susan. I'm hoping to have good things to report when I get back. : )

Adventures in YA and Children's Publishing said...

I can so relate to the flu/diseasel suckageness of January. Hang in there and stay well for NY. I'm going to HATE not seeing you there!!!! We need to catch up by phone at least (and yep, I owe you an email, but I can't seem to stay on the computer for more than a few minutes at a time.)

I'm so sorry about your friend! That puts everything else in perspective and reminds us all that life is precious and fleeting and we need to take time out to value all we have and all the wonderful people in our lives. In that vein, I can't tell you how glad I am to have met you in NY two years ago!

Hugs,

Martina

Ara Burklund said...

Thanks, Martina! I'm glad we met, too!!! I'll give you a call when I get home from NY. xoxo

Wendy Paine Miller said...

I'm sorry about your friend. We've had some pressing things go on around our home recently that completely through me off--writing wise and personality wise as well.

But I'm slowly coming back into myself.
~ Wendy

Ara Burklund said...

Thank you, Wendy. You're right--sometimes with shakeups, it's impossible to focus. Good luck getting back on track!