Well Here’s a #ROW80 Update I Hadn’t Planned On

I wrote a few hundred words one day during my week off the blog. Life kind of blew up all over me.

We’re very shorthanded at work and with no new hires permitted, any time someone leaves, the rest of us pick up the slack. It makes for ten to twelve hours days and a VERY exhausted Andrew. This also limits my internet time because I can only do it at home. Zero access at work.

It’s almost the “season” for my mom’s ice cream shop, which means she really needs my help making flavors. I’m going to try and keep it one day a week, but that’ll have to be when I’m off from my day job.

And most upsetting, my wife’s back has been acting up. It’s bad this time, to the point I have to do a lot of things for her. I hate seeing her like this because I’ve told Kait many times they’re long lost sisters. Until I met Kait I thought my wife was the person who preferred doing things a million at a time.

She’s getting better, but we have to be very careful or it’s back to square one.

With all this happening, something has to give and blogging is the most logical choice. For now I’m just stopping all together. I don’t intend this to be for too long, but suffice to say, I won’t be in the next round of ROW. When I started blogging, I did once a week, then two and when ROW came along, I upped it to four. Even when I do come back, that’ll be too much for me to keep with AND write. I need time to reorganize. So that’s what I’ll be doing for the remainder of this round and beyond. Otherwise, I’ll still be around on Twitter, other people’s blogs and (maybe?) Facebook.

In the immediate future I’ll be guesting on Tiffany A. White’s Ooo Factor and will post flash fiction on Draven Ames’s blog. Once I know the exact dates, I’ll let you guys know.

Thanks to everyone for all the support. See you back here soon.

17 comments on “Well Here’s a #ROW80 Update I Hadn’t Planned On

  1. Hugs to you and Tracey. We’ll be here when you get back. πŸ™‚

  2. Aw, Andrew… So sorry to hear about your wife’s back issues and all your insane scheduling issues… But I applaud you for backing away from something to take care of what’s more important. I’ll miss you–even when I don’t comment, i do read your blog, and I always like what you have to say.

    Take care of yourself and your wife…

  3. Good luck with everything, Andrew. I hope it all settles down for you soon.

  4. Good luck Andrew. I hope your wife feels better soon. I hope it is nothing too serious with her back. I will miss your posts, but you are doing the right thing. At the end fo the day blogging is expendable especially when it comes down to that and the health of loved ones and mainting at least a little bit of sanity after the ‘dreaded’ day jobs end.
    Best of luck and my thoughts are with you.

  5. I’m going to miss your presence! Glad to hear I can still get some Andrew time on Tiffany’s blog πŸ™‚ Hope to see you back soon!!!

  6. We’re all going to miss you, Andrew, but you have to take care of what’s most important right now. None of us can do everything…not even Kait. LOL. I hope your wife feels better soon and that some of the other things calm down a little. We’ll all be here when you get back. Good luck with everything and you’ll be in my thoughts.

  7. A logical decision. Good luck with your wife’s back and you mom’s shop and with an eventually saner work schedule. We’ll see you and your writing when you get back!

  8. Good choice, man. You’re choosing whats important. πŸ™‚ Will look forward to your future blogging, when the time comes.

  9. I hope your wife gets on okay and rests enough to heal. Sorry life has gotten overwhelming, but I agree that the online stuff should get cut back first. Hope things get better soon.

  10. Sorry to hear about your wife’s back. Go take care of her and yourself and your mom and enjoy life. See you around the blogosphere.

  11. First and most important, you & your wife are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope she gets to feeling better and soon. Try not to work too much, but I understand working for a company with more work than bodies. I’m always around if you need to chat.

    On a more selfish note, thank you for the blog mention & linkage! I am really looking forward to hosting your guest post! I know it will be extremely worthy of the Ooo Factor!

  12. So sorry we lose you for a while but reality is far more important – take care -we’ll keep an eye on you and it will be great when you can get back

  13. @everyone- Wow, thanks so much for these wonderful comments. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate them. My wife too. (I read them to her) You peoples are the best!

  14. Awww I’m sending extra special get well wishes to your wife 😦 I hope everything works out okay. I know what you mean about needing to reorganize and write, have been limiting “online” time myself. There are just not enough hours in the day. Take care Andrew and know we are all thinking about you πŸ™‚

  15. Take care of yourself and your wife–the blog will always be here when you’re better. πŸ™‚

    (Ice cream making sounds like fun!)

  16. Having suffered back problems myself, I empathize with your wife. There was a good six months where I had to take an Aleve (naproxin) every day while doing leg and abdominal exercises to support my back so I wouldn’t hurt myself again. In fact, that’s a large part of why I dance. The leg/ab exercise prevents pain.

    Best of luck with work and everything else. Like Kait said, we’ll be here when you get back. πŸ™‚

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