Whew, life has been throwing me some interesting curve balls as of late and truthfully … I haven’t handled them well.

Just about 2 1/2 years ago Mr. Nina was downsized from a job he’d had for over 20 years. Despite the blow to his ego, the change had been one that needed to happen. I was ECSTATIC to finally move out of the wilds of northern Maine. We finally sold our house in the spring of 2010 and I put all of our worldly possessions in storage and joined Mr. Nina in Rhode Island in a two-bedroom furnished apartment. I was soooo happy! We were finally only 2.5 hours from southern Maine where our families live! Life was an adventure! By late fall 5 offers on houses had fallen through FIVE! Even our realtor couldn’t figure out what was going on. In this house market you’d think we could have a couple of those for a steal. Hmmm …

Anyway, we rolled into the holidays blissfully unaware our life was going to take another turn. Right after the first of the year, Mr. Nina lost his job. (Which made me grateful someone was looking out for us and we hadn’t bought a house.) A week of unemployment turned into a month of unemployment turned into a winter then spring then a summer of unemployment turned into 10 months of unemployment. It was rough going to say the least, but we managed.

Then in October Mr. Nina landed a job in Vermont and off we went back into the wild woods. Not quite off the beaten path, bet definitely not the quick-paced life of Rhode Island I’d come to enjoy. (Hey, 20 years in the middle of nowhere of northern Maine had left me with a lot of civilization to catch up on!)

I’m sitting now in a rented home with all of my things out of storage, but still in boxes as we’re in the process of building a handicapped accessible home a couple of towns over from where we are living. All of this is great, but it’s left me in a little bit of a tailspin without the ability to plant my feet on solid ground.

Hence the lack of blogging. Lack of keeping up with social media. Lack of writing.

But there seems to be light shining from somewhere. I’m hoping within the next couple of months as we get settled in our new home in our new state, that life will once again find a comfortable rhythm and words will begin to flow. I can already feel them swelling and story ideas coalescing with the warming temperatures of a January thaw.

So keep an eye out for me. I might have been down for the count, but I was never out. Thanks so much for sticking with me and continuing to read my books in 2012. I’m looking for bigger and better things in 2013!

16 Responses to She’s Baaaack …

  • You’re a fighter. This will pass and you’ll be rocking out some great books soon. Glad to see you blogging. :)
    Marie Rose and I will take a road trip when you get that house done…we’ll bring Lyn too. :)

  • Welcome back, Nina. Glad you and the hubby are set now. Can’t wait to hear more about the new house. Hope you’re back at writing some new steam.

  • You’re a trooper. I’m glad you can see a light at the end of the tunnel and that it’s not a bus. :)

    Stay strong and don’t forget to visit us in Maine from time to time. I’m not too far away from your family, you know.


    • Yeeeeah, notice I didn’t identify the light, I’m hoping it’s not a bus! LOL! And every spring if everything comes together juuuuust right, I’ll be in Maine for the writer’s retreat. It’s the only thing that’s a definite on my writer schedule.

  • Good luck, Nina! Vermont is my favorite place in the world…it is magical. You will find much inspiration there.

    Best of luck with everything!

    • Thanks, Penny! So I hear about Vermont and the inspiration. I haven’t had time to enjoy the scenery enough to flow into yet. But I expect it will come with the spring warm weather!

  • I hope some peace and your best writing lie ahead.

  • You’ve always come across as a strong person, Nina. You are weathering this storm beautifully and will soon be back writing and smiling and loving your life. Prayers and hugs.

  • Hey Nina,

    I know of what you speak. I just wish you were closer, but Vermont is beautiful. So glad you are going to be settled and in your new home soon. It’s funny how the insanity of life can cause our muse to cover her ears and eyes and hum a happy tune to herself, while she retreats into her happy place.

    It takes a lot of coaxing to get that fickle bi.. er girl out of hiding and back to helping. With all the changes I have been through, mine seems to have joined yours for a nice tropical vacation and finally returned with her. It’s nice to have them whispering lovely ideas in your ear again.

    If you need any brainstorming sessions, just yell. I am just a Skype session away and I could use one or two sessions myself. Take care. May have many books this year.

    • Donna -LOL! I think my muse was beyond covering her ears and actually left the country! Those foolish girls of ours were probably partying together!

      And I will definitely take you up on the Skype offer of some brainstorming. YOu may regret making that offer!

  • We are thrilled to have you back, Nina. I wish you and Mr Nina (love it) the very best!

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