I said I'd keep updating once I got back, and I plan to keep that promise. I've been back a month now, but things have been a bit more topsy-turvy than I expected hence the lack of updating.
Some of you know and some of you don't, but ten days after I moved back, my father passed away. This was both expected and unexpected. Expected because he's had a progressive neurological disorder for the past 20 years and treading the line between life and death as been pretty much the norm for him. We always knew he wouldn't be around into his 70s or 80s (he was early 60s), and the fact that he did live as long as he did is pretty much a miracle.
But, it was also unexpected because people with his condition tend to die from the results of accidental falls or contract pneumonia. Something will happen that will cause a rapid deterioration in their condition and usually spend the last few days or weeks in the hospital before passing away. My dad was stable, for him, with no changes. We had even been to the doctor's a few days before for his monthly checkup and everything was normal (for him). He passed away quietly in his sleep, something we never expected. There weren't any warning signs. So that was what shocked us.
So, yes, life's been a little more odd than I expected, but we're all coping well here in my family. As I said, he was ill for 20 years, so all of us had prepared ourselves emotionally over that time that he could go at any moment. We're grateful that we had the time with him that we did and that he's no longer suffering.
Life's gotten back into a routine since the funeral. There's still paperwork and stuff to all sort out, but my mom is handling most of that. Both of us are still looking for jobs. And there is positive news on that front. I have four interviews lined up for part-time or temp work, all related to writing and/or tutoring. I have an interview Sunday for an at-home tutoring company, a phone interview Monday for a full-time summer job teaching, an interview in April for working at a community college writing tutoring center which would start this fall, and I was contacted today about setting up an interview for a ghostwriting job. So there are things. None of it would break the bank, but it would all be great experience that would hopefully lead to other jobs.
Also, the anthology that features my very first published in print short story is released in April. I got my copies of the book yesterday and it looks fantastic. Seeing my name printed in an actual book (with an ISBN number and everything!) makes me feel like a real, proper writer. I'm doing a special writing shoot out competition with that same publisher and group of writers right now, and it's a lot of fun. I have two other short stories still out that I'm waiting to hear on, and I'm finishing up another one that I'm hoping to start submitting to places next week. And still haven't heard anything from the two agents who still have my novel, so there's always hope there. I did buy the latest issue of Writers Market and am going through and finding other agents, publishers and lit mags I can submit to, so that I always have the novel with someone until *fingers crossed* someone likes it enough to take it/me.
So, things are things. March is turning out to be a much, much better month than February. In fact, February can kiss my ass because it was pretty much the worst month I've ever had in my whole life. But it also showed me that I have the most awesome friends in the world because culf
, the most incredible best friend in the entire world, lets me talk to her for hours on the phone even when it's the middle of the night in London and sends me amazing care packages, the Korean sends me a bottle of vodka and a special whiskey, and various other actions of the people close to me have reminded me that I know awesome, caring people. I hope I can return the favors one day.
So, that's all for now. And I'll see about being a little more regular from now on.