Still Here

Hello there,

It’s been almost a year since I’ve posted anything, and I’ve gotten a few inquiries about the series. I do intend to continue, but I feel I do owe my readers an explanation for this extra long delay.

As you know, I have been struggling for a while with being consistent with my writing. A lot of it was lack of motivation, some of it was insecurity about the writing, most of it was the interference of my arch nemesis in life, Procrastination. This year; however, I have had to take on an even more formidable opponent- Cancer.

Kind of knocked me for a loop because I really didn’t see that coming- at all. I have always been pretty healthy. When there was a concern, it was usually something that could easily be cleared up with some meds, a minor procedure, change in habit or diet, something like that. In hindsight, I was able to put some things together that may have been signals or signs of the disease taking hold, but getting the diagnosis was startling to say the least about it.

Anyway, I’ve come to terms with it and am going through the process to stay in this game. The surgery went well. In a week I will receive my third of six rounds of chemo, which has been an adventure in itself. After that I will have to undergo some radiation treatments. A positive from all of this, though, is I have been taken off work for a time, which will allow me to get back into my writing chair without any distractions or excuses. I have nothing else to do. I love to write; I just don’t care for the process, if that makes any sense.

This temporary obstacle has given me a lot of time to think, to reflect, to appreciate my blessings, and to reorder my priorities. Being an introvert, I rather like the relative solitude and distance from this currently crazy world. My journals are getting a good workout and my spirit is being purged and cleansed. I am aiming for having something posted on this site by Christmas. If not, definitely by New Year’s Day. Please hang in there with me a little longer. The best is yet to come!

In the meantime, I sincerely wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas.

About Marie

Teacher, reading specialist, fanfiction author building her confidence to be professionally published.
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16 Responses to Still Here

  1. Candace says:

    I am very sorry this has happened to you and that you continue with medical treatment. Always keep your head held high. I feel writing again would be important for you. Best Wishes to you and may the year ahead be great! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


  2. zieler says:

    Sorry to hear about the cancer, it definitely tries oneโ€™s soul. Be well and love JJ Hart stories


  3. says:

    Sorry to hear of your health issues. I am also struggling to bounce back from a stroke. Stay strong and know we’re all routing for you!.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Janet Najor says:

    Much โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™ stay strong ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ
    Your Harty Janet
    Sent from my iPhone..


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  6. Lucy says:

    I love your stories, you are a very talented writer. Sending prayers for a quick recovery ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™


  7. Awulanaaamoah says:

    Dear Marie

    Sending you my best wishes, for a relaxing recovery and for you to take your time in your self-care routine.

    I’ve missed your dedicated story-writing and look forward to hearing from you.

    In the meantime, please take care of yourself โค

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Marcia Dodge says:


    So sorry you to hear about this. You are in my prayers for a speedy recovery. As you already know I have been a fan of your stories for a long time. I look forward to your updates. Please take care of yourself. Merry Christmas to you also.


    • Tina says:

      Iโ€™m so sorry youโ€™re going through this. Stay strong and do what the doctors say and when youโ€™re ready to post the next chapter we will hungrily grab it up. But first and most importantly is your health. Youโ€™re in my prayers.


  9. Heidi says:

    Sending love and prayers your way.


  10. The Laverdure family says:


    Best wishes to you and I will pray for your speedy recovery. I would love to read more of your great stories. You are missed in fanfic land!


    Sent from my iPhone



  11. Agnes says:

    So sorry to hear about your diagnosis. I will be praying for your speedy recovery. Thank you for your stories. Beautifully written saga of our favorite couple.
    Take care. God bless you. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

    Liked by 1 person

  12. God Bless you Marie, I love your stories. I will be keeping you in my prayers . May you have a Merry Christmas. Rest and stay strong.


  13. Denise Carter says:

    Please take care of yourself ๐Ÿ’–


  14. S says:

    Oh man I’m sorry. We miss you and you are a wonderful writer. Take care of yourself.

    Liked by 1 person

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