Indeed I have been quite silent these days… here on my website, on Facebook, and even on Austen Authors! Oh my! What is wrong with me?
Well, I am fine. Just very, very busy. Yes, more so than normal, and I sure wish I could say it is because I have been writing like mad. Alas, I cannot make that claim.
I do have a good reason for being out-of-touch, however, and now I am going to force myself to take the time to share why.
But first, guess where I am? In Atlanta! Yep, as in the lovely southern city in Georgia. I am lounging in my awesome hotel room on the 23rd floor of the Marriott Marquis, resting up before the serious fun begins tomorrow at the Romance Writers of America National Conference. Whoopee! I love the RWA Conference. It is a highlight of my year, and despite the “real life” events that I will share in a bit, I am SO glad I went ahead with my plans for this trip.
I will do my best to share photos and moments of my experiences at the RWA during this week. Keep an eye on my blog, and my Facebook page – Sharon Lathan, Novelist – and Twitter feed – @SharonLathan. FB and Twitter are always easier to shoot rapid blurbs and pics to, but I shall do my best to add something here as well. I have been silent too long!
This year, as every year since 2009, I have participated in the ProLiteracy Autographing. This event is a wonderful charity, and open to the public. With over 450 romance novelist in attendance signing their latest novels, it is an event NOT to be missed! I will be there, as I said, with copies of The Passions of Dr. Darcy, as well as my lovely bookplates to sign for my other novels. If you are in the Atlanta area and free on Wednesday, be sure to pop in! I love meeting my readers!!
At this event, more than 450 romance authors will meet with and sign books for fans. Proceeds from book sales will benefit ProLiteracy Worldwide, Literacy Action, Inc.,
and Literacy Volunteers Atlanta.
And now for why I have been silent and busier than usual lately.
Last month my husband retired. That was huge enough! Lots of planning and paperwork goes into rearranging pensions and social security, let me tell you! But, what made it more involved for us is that we barreled headlong into the future we have planned for years once his retirement occurred. That was to sell our house in California and relocate elsewhere.
Both of us are nearly lifelong residents of CA, and we love many things about the state. Still, there are many things we don’t like, and as people who adore traveling and seeing new sights, we have dreamed of a day when we could experience and visit the wealth of amazing places the rest of the US has to offer. We have almost literally been everywhere of significance in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, and many other western states. For close to a decade, if not more, we have contemplated where to relocate to… sifted through the options… but never were sure.
Then, as most of you who visit my pages knows, our daughter Emily was married in 2011 and moved to Washington DC. *tear Her husband Neil – who is absolutely wonderful and who we love immensely – is a Kentucky native, and they both want to settle at, or close to his family home once he is out of the Navy. That got our mind to spinning! So, to make a long story of careful research and numerous discussions short, we decided on Kentucky as The Place. It fits the bill and checked off the list of “retirement location requirements” perfectly.
With that in mind, we promptly began the process of getting our house in CA in ship-shape for the market. Our home is lovely, and well maintained, but after living in it for 17 years, it needed some work and had closets stuffed full of items we don’t need to move! For three weeks we worked non-stop to get it prepped. Well, the aching backs and sore legs paid off because we sold to the first people who toured it! And it wasn’t even officially on the market yet! WOW!
That happened last week, so now we have to amp up the volume even more. OMG! After the RWA conference ends, I’ll be meeting my hubby and son in Louisville to begin the new house hunt. Whew! Wish us luck! If all goes according to plan – Please God! – we will be moving by August 30.
As you now suspect, this means life will remain hectic for me for some time to come. The upside to all of this is that I will be taking a hiatus from my nursing career and devoting myself to writing full-time. That is my dream, and we intend to make it happen! This will benefit me, and those of you who want more Darcy and Lizzy, or anything by Sharon Lathan. Keep your fingers crossed!
Now off to bed for me so I can be chipper in the morning. I’ll keep you all posted!