Life is a strange ole thing at times. Sometimes you’re up, and the world seems like your oyster. Sometimes you’re down, and the world is a dark and sad place. I haven’t been as active as I would have liked in recent times, and the world has felt like a dark and sad place. There is a good reason for that.

My mum recently passed away after a ten month battle with metastatic colorectal cancer. She originally had been diagnosed with bowel cancer, but after surgery and chemotherapy the cancer returned only a few months later in an aggressive and incurable form. To say that journey was tough for my mum would be an understatement. She moved in with us eight months ago, and we became her primary carers and companions as she fought hard to buy herself more time to live. We shared a lot of laughs, but we also shared a lot of tears as the cancer steadily ate away at her body. I am grateful for the time I got to spend with mum, but I also wish she was still here. My mum was a shining light in my life, and I miss her terribly. I don’t think that pain will ever go away.

This, unfortunately, has had a massive impact on my reading, reviewing, and editing work. I just haven’t been able to focus on anything else except my mum and her medical and personal needs. Now that she is gone I’m hoping to slowly get back up on that horse and move forward. I know it will take time, but I’ll get there.

Thank you to everyone who sent through thoughts, prayers, and best wishes. Thank you also to everyone for the patience and understanding you have shown me in this difficult time. My family and I appreciate it.

Talk soon, peeps.