Please let me begin by saying this - I haven't abandoned the sites, or writing, or our activities like the drabble fics. In time, I will get back to regular updates, so please hang in there and be patient with me.
I don't really want to get into too many details - I just don't have it in me right now - but I do want to offer some explanation as to what's going on...especially for all of you who have been so very supportive.
Just before Christmas, my mother-in-law ended up in the hospital with what we thought was pneumonia - she was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Although we are thankful she didn't suffer long, she passed on in mid-January. This hasn't been the only upheaval in our family over the past few months, simply the one with the most impact and longest lasting heartache. But, as I mentioned before, I don't really want to get into the details right now - to tell you the truth, I am emotionally and physically exhausted.
Right now, I need some time to work through my emotions, to grieve, and to let my heart heal. In order to do those things, I have to disengage so that I can recharge. I'm not quitting, and I'm doing all right - I would hate to make anyone worry! I just know that in order for me to get back on track as quickly as possible, I need to take a step back and focus on myself and my family.
Now don't take that to mean I don't want to hear from you!! That's never the case! Whenever I get those PMs, DMs, emails and the like, I'm absolutely thrilled - it fills my heart with joy and gratitude whenever I get encouraging messages. :) I'm often left without response at the depth of kindness and generosity of soul that so many of you have shown me. There are no words to express my gratitude for that. So, don't stop sending me those messages - just know that I may be a bit slow to respond.
With Love, and Hugs,
(aka KittyShan; LancesKitten)