Hello, it’s almost 2016 and I have another late update, haha. I promise I’m still active, although it’s been in weird cycles. Mostly, real life has had a priority. When I mentioned that I moved back to Texas, I only said it was for family. Since then, a lot has happened and I think I’m okay to discuss it, if only in pieces right now.
In August of 2014, my father was diagnosed with hepatocellular carcinoma, a malignant liver cancer. He was originally given a few months to live, although the clinical trials he was on were effective for about six months each. It gave me enough time to deal with things on my end in Florida, where my man had a brain biopsy to remove and diagnose a brain tumor (that turned out to be ganglioglioma, a benign tumor). I moved to Texas in the spring of 2015, and my man followed that fall. However, by the fall, things were starting to get worse. The second clinical trial stopped working for my dad, and he didn’t want to try another trial. He faced his cancer without radiation, chemotherapy or other treatments bravely, until it began to take a toll on his body. On October 27, 2015, after battling cancer for over a year, he passed peacefully in his sleep. His funeral was on November 12, 2015, and he was laid to rest at the Valley of the Temples in Kaneohe, HI, on December 30, 2015.
In between all of this, I’ve also faced balancing work and family, work and a social life and of course, writing somewhere in there. I’ve had to have my gallbladder removed and I’ve started treatment for the anxiety that has plagued me for so long. With all these events going on, not a lot of time has been left for my writing. My medication has messed with my moods and my overall brain function. It took a while to adjust to the way it worked. I put family first above everything. Writing became a secondary thing when I had time for it.
Unfortunately, that also means progress for Liliana slowed. I’m almost there. Between editing, formatting and packaging, there’s not a whole lot left to do. I’m aiming for an early 2016 release, but I don’t want to make any promises yet. I’m a one-woman team in a family turmoil, and family has to come first.
However, that doesn’t mean progress has completely stopped. With 2016 fast approaching, everyone’s turning to New Year’s Resolutions. I’m terrible with resolutions, as most people are (cheers to those who make an appearance at a gym only during January). I didn’t make resolutions last year, just a promise to grow in love, in talent and in relationships. This year, I’m not going to make resolutions either.
This is my To Do List.
To put something on a To Do List says to me that it will get done. I’m not going to make half-hearted resolutions. My plan for 2016:
- Get Liliana out there. No ifs, ands or buts about it.
- Work on the next journey in the Second Realm universe (already world building for it)
- Continue to network and grow as an indie author
- Take care of my family
- Take care of my well being, in mind and body. Mostly, in the state of my mental health. I’ve already taken the first few steps in taking care of the writer’s most valuable asset. I have to stick with it.
There’s a lot more, of course, and this list will change as the year goes on. For now, this will do. Taking care of myself is key to making the rest happen. As I’ve found out, that’s a harder journey than I’ve originally thought.
Here’s to 2016 and everything the future holds 🙂