I've been touched by the number of people who have contacted me, wondering about my disappearance from the blogosphere and social media (Twitter, in particular). Well, here it is:
First, I was doing a lot of work on my fiction writing ever since my story was workshopped in class. I was nervous, but it went well and I received a lot of great feedback. When my Fiction class ended, I started taking a Characters class, which I'm still working on.
Then I made the mistake of downloading Star Wars: The Old Republic. It's actually a good way to study character because the first one I played was so incredibly evil and made choices I could never make in real life. My fiction instructor said that it's a good reminder that your character is NOT you.
On June 1, our cat Basil (the Prince) was scheduled for a check-up -- rabies shot, the usual. He was dragging the Thursday and Friday before his appointment, and although he was very excited to eat, he had a tough time with it. We thought maybe he needed his teeth cleaned, or something like that -- nothing serious. Although his naps seemed deeper than usual, he wasn't hiding, which in cats, is a sign of illness or pain. He did seem to drop weight overnight, but again, we thought it was his teeth.
After a physical exam, bloodwork, and x-rays, it turned out that he had an abdominal mass. Not too surprising considering that he had chronic pancreatitis for years, and the guy was 2 months shy of turning 18. As you can see in the pic, his eyes were bright and alert that day. (Or maybe I'm imagining that.) He tried to remain strong up until the end, which came an hour or so later.
The vet didn't think he'd make it through the weekend, and because he was severely anemic, he wasn't oxygenating blood, which meant that if we took him home for his last days, he would go into respiratory distress, which would require a trip to the E.R., etc., when the time came. Obviously, we didn't want to put him through that. But we weren't expecting to leave the vet without him that day.
I haven't been able to write since. I'm taking a week-long workshop at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival next week. Hopefully, that will get me started again.