I've been fairly silent here and elsewhere, even on my newsletter for the most part, primarily because I had a painful back injury that went on for more than half a year. The constant pain and/or side effects of the treatments I went through made just about everything more difficult. Writing and single parenting–never easy–became about all I was capable of handling, and frankly, only just barely. Social media and all other semi-optional responsibilities had to fall by the wayside.
Thankfully, after some fairly tramatic procedures, I seem to have come out on the other side of my TIME OF UNCEASING PAIN. I couldn't have done so without the kindness of several people, including my friend and fellow author Diana Peterfreund, who patiently drove me home from several appointments, enduring my medication-induced blather all the while.
So, feeling much better, I resolved to get back in there to do these extra things an author should do. Like, er, interact with their readership and such. And then my website got hacked. I had recently moved from Squarespace to a Wordpress blog, thinking I could handle it on my own. After all, I used to have a Wordpress blog back in the day when there weren't even such newbie things as the "three minute easy install" it now touts. That's right, we did it all by FTP back then! But apparently, in the years since I quit my day job as a technical writer, my tech savvy has abandoned me. Because within four months, my site was completely hacked. Like, it was totally compromised and if I weren't so paranoid about having different, equally random passwords for everything (thank you, 1Password!), I might have been in serious trouble.
So now, nearly pain free but humbled, I return to Squarespace and hopefully a slightly more engaged online presence.