Why I’m Not Here

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware

You may have noticed there was no blog post last week.

That’s because I’m currently dealing with a family emergency (helping my disabled stepmother, who has broken her shoulder) that’s eating up my time. Between that and trying to maintain my writing schedule (book deadline approaching…) I just haven’t been able to manage any blog posts.

I’m hoping to get back to a more normal schedule next week, or possibly the week after.

I am still answering email, so if you need to reach me, it’s beware [at] sfwa.org.

Happy writing, and I’ll see you all soon!


  1. I've been there, too. In my case it was a parent with dementia, who denied it and kept getting lost. Finally, when we had to pick her up at the hospital (she'd had a fall from public transportation and was taken to emergency), we knew it was time to take the decision out of her hands. She's now in an excellent care home. It's not an easy decision.

    It's exhausting and terribly stressful, so do what you have to do.

  2. As one who cares for an aged parent I am thinking of you – and take care of yourself as well because there is no point in the carer becoming ill/disabled as well.

  3. In my house I'm the one with dementia, but I'm trying to keep it a secret.
    My poor mother-in-law has Alzheimer's. She spends a week with us on a routine basis and it's a bitter-sweet visit. We feel so sorry for her, but she comes up with some of the damnedest things out of nowhere. She recognizes Clark Gable without any problem, the hussy.

  4. Take the best care of yourself you can, and do what you need to do. The Internets will survive without you.

  5. So sorry to hear you have to cope with a family emergency. Thanks for all you have done here over the years!

  6. Being an actual, disabled relative myself, as well as having them, I feel your pain. Hopefully, things all work out well for you.

  7. I'm sure a lot of people, myself included, appreciate your post. However, your first priority at the time is to take care of your family. Keep that as your main focus, family is of the utmost importance. I've had to deal with family issues to and it's never easy. Look forward to hearing from you soon.

  8. Nothing is ever going to be able to take the place of family. Always appreciate and respect them, you never know when the last time you see them will be. I recently had a family member pass, I'm glad we got to spend the time we did. It's never easy and our prayers are with you.

  9. This just lets us know you're real and have your priorites in order. Take care of yourself.
    We'll be here when you return. 🙂

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