Youmans (pronounced like 'yeoman' with an 's' added)
is the best-kept secret among contemporary American writers.
--John Wilson, editor, Books and Culture

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Gap days


Dear friends of The Palace at 2:00 a.m., I am going on a brief hiatus from blogging because of a number of things--deaths in my extended family over the past ten days that make cheerful blogging feel wrong, a lot of book-related deadlines, the need to pack up two of my children for college, and much more. I am quite sensible that a rising number of visitors may go poof! with a little neglect, but I hope you will return on August 29th, when I shall open the ethereal door on a new chamber once more. In the meantime, please ramble around the labyrinth--if you leave me a note from some distant room, I shall reply.

16 comments:

  1. Bright and sensible.
    What's not to like?

    See you here later in the month, Marly. In the meantime.... life!
    (I am sorry to hear of your losses...)

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  2. So sorry for your losses, Marly.
    Hugs...and thoughts and prayers go with you.

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  3. Busy and important times, do take care of yourself too. Sorry about your losses, more than one, my. We won't go away.

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  4. Condolences on your losses. Please rest and rejuvenate yourself.

    You offer so much to us. Have faith. We will still be here when you return.

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  5. Marja-leena is right. Take care of yourself, and don't worry about losing your faithful readership.

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  6. Take good care, and all fitting condolences to you and yours. Of course we'll still be here when you get back!

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  7. Ah, lovely faithful commenters, thank you! I always wonder about the others--who are they, what are they finding, how on earth do people on the other side of the world find one--but I seldom wonder about those who leave notes because you are great fun and great satisfiers of my curiosity.

    Thanks for the wishes and prayers and consolations that I did not expect but am glad to get.

    And now I hie me back to my novel-sharpening grindstone. More anon.

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  8. Good to take a break while you deal with the more important things Marly. Easy to get over-stressed about keeping up the blogs, though my experience is that once you have your regulars, their enthusiasm will not wane for want of a few weeks respite.

    I'm always staggered that you manage to work through all the responsibilities of daily life and family. You are a shining example to us all!

    Much love. Go safely.

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  9. sorry to hear about your loss.

    happy writings, ferrying, and dreaming.

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  10. Thanks, all--I just hit a major deadline and must move on to a minor deadline and more.

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  11. Just checking in here. Hope to see you back ere long!

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  12. Sending you very best wishes, Marly.

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  13. Thanks, all--I am staying on schedule and will return on Monday, barring that wild woman Irene's mischief with the power lines.

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  14. I am sorry to hear about the deaths in your family, Marly. Your followers, among whom I number myself, (be I ever so erratic), are faithful to the core.

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  15. Mutual Admiration Society8:36 PM, August 28, 2011

    Thanks, Laura...

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Alas, I must once again remind large numbers of Chinese salesmen and other worldwide peddlers that if they fall into the Gulf of Spam, they will be eaten by roaming Balrogs. The rest of you, lovers of grace, poetry, and horses (nod to Yeats--you do not have to be fond of horses), feel free to leave fascinating missives and curious arguments.