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Literary and Lego Advent Day 1

I’m going to open up a bit here and admit: I’m struggling a bit. Not because of the blog, but just in general. I can look at the calendar and recognize what’s the cause: next week will be three years since my brother died, and I’m right in the midst of the anniversary of what were his final days.

So. Yeah. While I have lots of post ideas (and a beautifully filled-in editorial calendar: bookish content is not the issue!) I have been really struggling to write anything.

I have a post mostly ready to go for Thursday (New on the Stack! I have hardly anything to share!). One half drafted for Friday, and another one semi-ready for Monday (The reveal for next year’s book club selections!). Beyond that? Lots of plans and good intentions.

I’m hoping that once I get past next week and the two significant dates there (my brother’s anniversary, and my brother-in-law’s would-have-been-birthday are within 2 days of each other) I’ll bounce back enough to start writing again. There are so many books I have to write about and I’d love to be able to get them all posted before the end of the year, letting me start 2016 with a fresh slate if you will.

So, content may be light here, but I do (hope) to post our literary advent books over on Instagram. If I ever manage to decorate gingerbread houses with the kids I’ll likely document that as well. Join me there if you want to stay caught up on what our December looks like. Yesterday I shared what day 1 looked like for us: no wrapped books, not even gift bags. The kids didn’t complain. 🙂

And I’ll get back to here as I can.


  1. I’m so sorry to hear that, Sheila. Hang in there. Don’t worry about the blog. We’ll all be here whenever you get back to posting. Take care of yourself.

  2. Life. It ebbs and flows. You need time to remember, reflect and grieve. This is the season for being with those you love and blogging comes second. Do what you can when you feel like it and the rest will wait! By the way….I miss having Lego Advent Calendars around here. We did them every year when the kids were little. Enjoy the moments. *hug*

  3. I agree with Kate. This is a good time to give yourself lots of grace and don’t worry about your editorial calendar. I’m praying for you to have peace and comfort over the next few weeks.

  4. Thinking of you! The writing will come when you are ready…and we’ll all be here when you are. *hugs!*

  5. Sheila, may I say I can empathize with you. I began feeling the way you describe around the middle of November. Three years ago then we were at about my brother-in-law’s final days. He was not only special to my husband but had mentored me in my writing life and I could almost talk to him when writing and receive answers and we lived five hours apart. Both my husband and I felt the downturn about the same time and it makes Thanksgiving hard and Christmas is still not the same without him. I wish I could say I’m over it, but I’m not. And everyone says the grief fades after awhile. I just don’t know with special people. I’ll be thinking of you as the next few weeks go by. Perhaps taking the time you need to feed your soul with memories of the good days is what is in order right now.

  6. <3 Hugs, friend.

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