Too busy to blog

Sometimes, life gets overwhelming.

I haven’t had much time to blog lately for a couple of reasons:

1. I’m working on my next manuscript. And yes, it’s going really well… so far. It’s only February and I’ve already written about 100 pages, which is amazing for me, since it’s not due until December. I’m just waiting to get hit with writer’s block.

2. I’m doing what I can to keep my mom healthy, happy, and fiscally up to date since she’s moved to our town. At least one day a week is devoted to a medical or dental appointment of some kind. Yesterday we drove her to Portland for an eye doctor visit, and later we walked her through the Maine Mall to get a look at some of the shops. Because her vision is fading, she held my hand the whole time. And she made a bemused statement: “I guess I’m the little girl and you’re the mother now. I just follow wherever you go!” And it’s true. With age, my mom has gotten so tiny that I do feel like the parent.

3. I’m getting mentally geared up to leave for my UK book tour this weekend. I love the process of packing, laying out the clothes, figuring out which shoes to bring, how many pairs of socks, which galleys I might be able to read on the plane. On US tours, I can get away with jeans and oxford shirts for most stops. When I head overseas though, I think they expect a bit more formality so it’s slacks and sweaters and nice shoes. I am so looking forward to arriving in London again. It’s back to the British Museum for me!

14 replies
  1. april
    april says:

    Yay for being so productive! I am a hopeless procrastinator so I think it’s amazing that you are ahead of the game.

    I hope your mom is adjusting well. It must be nice to have her closer to you. I know those places! I haven’t been to the Maine Mall in a couple of years, but I’ve been many times. This is one of the first years that I will not being going to Maine for vacation. My mom is still the mom, but my dad is going away at the end of the month and my sister and I are already delegating who has to “babysit” each night.

    Safe travels to the UK. I’m definitely jealous. It must be nice to travel especially to places where people are coming to see you and sing your praises. Enjoy the museum. I loved it when I visited over a decade ago. One day, I keep saying, I’m going to go back.

    Thanks for checking in. I can’t wait for the next book!

  2. MFMakichen
    MFMakichen says:

    I’m with April. If you’re getting a lot of writing done then blogging can wait. We’ll catch you on the flip side. Have fun in the UK. I hope the snow is all melted.

  3. Kyle K.
    Kyle K. says:

    I LOVE LONDON. If I had the money I would buy a flat there and just go back and forth between there and here. Do you find that it’s the same exact city as Boston? I lived in Boston for four years, and I went to London and felt like I hadn’t even left the States! But, considering how much I was in love with Boston, I guess it would only make sense for me to love London as much as I do! So, enjoy! Have an English breakfast for me!

    I’m glad you’re able to care for your mom like that, and that she LETS you… I’m sure she puts up a fight when she wants to, but my own grandmother is so STUBBORN and won’t let my mom or uncle help her out. Her own mother had dementia (sp?), so I think that she’s afraid to be a burden like that on anyone. She’s still all there, but can’t take care of herself as well as she used to. Ah well…

    And knock on wood for the writer’s block! I’ll sacrifice a goat for you, or a virgin if I can find one! 😀

  4. michellebcf
    michellebcf says:

    Oh, that’s interesting that you feel you need to be more formal over here – I’m quite sure that jeans would be fine! 🙂

    Unfortunately you’re not coming near enough for me.. next time you need to go to Waterstones at Bluewater (Kent)! :0)

  5. Lilly
    Lilly says:

    It’s really funny how American people think about Europe- especially UK.
    I don’t think anyone expects anything- they’d rather be surprised to see Americans bring their US-lifestyle with them.

    I’d like that. (I am from Germany)

  6. loulou
    loulou says:

    Hi Tess Good Luck with the tour. Can’t wait to meet you in Leeds. Just got back from 1st visit to NYC and loved the relaxed US style. Hope your mum adjusts she’s very lucky to have you.See you next week. Oh and I think jeans are fine! Louise

  7. Abe
    Abe says:

    Hi Tess,

    The best of luck on your U.K. tour. You’ll do just fine. Just remember you’re loved all over the world.
    Yes, it’s tough bringing up parents, but when they do get to be a certain age, it’s time for us to give back to them and not plop them into an old age home and let the state take over. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to do that.
    Have a safe flight and don’t forget to take Fred with you. Please post some pictures when you get back.

  8. dlcase
    dlcase says:


    You can leave your dresses in Maine when you come to Norman, Oklahoma in May. Formal wear is starched jeans, shirt, hat, boots and a big belt buckle. ‘Course I sometimes dress down a bit and put on a tie and coat. Me and several folks from down here in Texas will be there to see you again. We enjoyed meeting you in Abilene a couple of years ago and I finally got the Oklahoma folks to invite you down. See you then.

    Dan Case

  9. Nev
    Nev says:

    “I guess I’m the little girl and you’re the mother now. I just follow wherever you go!” And it’s true. With age, my mom has gotten so tiny that I do feel like the parent.”

    Hi Tess, as the saying goes ” Once a man, twice a child”

    Nev Cross, Australia

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply