Monday, August 1, 2016

Are you still here? Anybody? Anybody?

Yeah, I know. May 2015 to August 2016 does NOT qualify as "two or three weeks".

What can I say? I just wanted to get this project finished and that one started and these couple of things organized. And then there were a couple health issues and family matters and one harrowing 911 call followed by lots of initials like ER, O2, ICU, and finally PT (beloved spouse tried to scare me to death but he's much better now). 

So I decided, since I'd been gone so long already, this was the perfect time to build a new website - mine is dying of old age - and incorporate my blog into it. But I ran into technical difficulties so it's not ready to launch. 

I also wanted to re-think my content. I loved doing the Hump Day Funnies but is that the best "brand builder" for someone who writes mystery and suspense? 

Bottom line, I've been chasing my tail for a year...and I miss everyone. So I'm back. This isn't the new improved me. It's not exactly the old regular me either. I guess this is the new figure-it-out-as-I-go-along me. 

It will take me some time to make the rounds and say hi to everyone but if you happen to see that I'm back, please leave a comment so I can start getting re-connected. 

And if I seem to be having trouble with my direction, it's not my fault.

I'm just following the signs




I do have a couple things to share with you but not till I've had a chance to say hello. 

I hope you're all still here.


Thought for today: A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.  



Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi LD - so glad your hubby is better and you're feeling more able to be back to blogging and refurbishing your site ... it's holiday time ... so relax, take it slowly but surely ... cheers and all the best now - Hilary

Mike Keyton said...

The very best of luck with new directions, L D. But take it easy. It's a useful discipline but can be a bit tricky just finding something to say. I find burble works well 😀 looking forward to re-following

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

LD! Welcome back. I knew it had been a while, but wow.
Glad your husband is better.
Hope you can get your new site up and running soon.

mshatch said...

Nice to see you again!

Karen Walker said...

Welcome back - so nice to see you here again. So glad you're husband is okay now - that sounds scary. Best of luck figuring it all out - I'm still trying...

Maria Zannini said...

Linda! I just finished emailing you!

I'm glad you're back. If I can help you with your new web site, let me know.

I'm curious about your new plans.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I couldn't believe it when I saw you had a post today. Glad you're back and everyone is okay. And I love the scenery on a detour.

Judy Alter said...

Welcome back. I missed your blog and your comments on mine.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Welcome back!! Glad everyone is doing well.

Mason Canyon said...

LD, so glad to see you back. Especially glad to hear your husband is doing okay. Time has a way of flying by and a week can become two months before we know it. Looking forward to seeing you around again.

Thoughts in Progress
and MC Book Tours

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Hi LD, it's so good to hear from you. What a scare with your husband. Good to hear he's all right now.

LD Masterson said...

Hey friends! So nice to have you come by. I was afraid I'd be all alone this evening.

Hilary - Wait? Which holiday? Did I miss something? Thanks so much for stopping by.

Mike - You know, it's funny but I tend to write dark but I like to blog light. This is my cheerful place. But people keep telling me I need to think of building my fan base and Murder doesn't go well with "Awwwww".

Alex - What? You didn't miss me every day? I'm just glad you remember me now. Thank you.

mshatch - Hey, you too!

Karen - Maybe we can help each other.

Maria - Saw your email. I'll answer later tonight. I'm curious about my new plans, too. (What does that tell you?)

Susan G/K - Thank you! And that makes you a "truly happy person".

Judy - Missed you, too. Look for me over there soon.

Stacy - Thank you. Doing a lot better now.

Mason - Thanks. I got hit with the flying time thing this summer - my two oldest grandkids are starting their senior year in high school. Ack!

Diane - Thank you. He did take a couple years of my life. Thanks for coming by.

DL Hammons said...

Like riding a bike, isn't it? :) Welcome back!!

LD Masterson said...

DL - Actually, it took me a minute to get the kick stand up.

Lexa Cain said...

Welcome back!!!! I've missed you and your humor so much! I write thriller/horror, and I don't have any "brand" type stuff on my blog posts. Bottom line is I want to entertain, and I think laughter is a good way to do it.

LD Masterson said...

Hi Lexa. Good point. I'm all about spreading laughter.

Kaye George said...

Glad to see you back, even without Hump Day. And VERY glad your beloved's health scare is over! Good luck with whatever direction you choose.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Welcome back! I'd say that time really does fly when you're having fun, but from the sound of it, your husband's health issues were exactly a joy ride. I'm glad he's doing better, and glad you're back, no matter which direction you decide to go with your blog. (But, um, I really DID like your hump day funnies... )

LD Masterson said...

Kaye - Thanks. And Hump Day may be back. I just need to get my bearings first.

Susan FS - Well, I guess I could go with the brand: Murder, Suspense, and a Bit of Silliness. It would be something different. (And thanks.)

Carol Kilgore said...

Welcome back! Good to know your husband is better! I've missed you. While you were gone, I was absent for a few months as well finishing the trilogy. I totally get redefining yourself. BTW if you figure out how to put website and blog together, I'd like the opportunity to pick your brain. I'm trying to figure out how to do that very thing without moving to Wordpress, which I hate. And there's the little think of making my blog fit my genre . . . but I can't think about that just yet.

Jessica Ferguson said...

Hi LD, looks like everyone is still here! :) I think you need to speak with my friend Heather who can help you find your brand. She asks all the right questions and makes you think. If you're interested let me know at jessyferguson (at) gmail (dot) com.

Also, are you going to the Killer Nashville conference this year? I don't think we've spoken since I moved to my new blog.

Here's my new website:

Linda G. said...

Other Linda! So nice to see you back here. I'm sorry your husband gave you suck a scare. Glad he's on the mend now. I'm looking forward to seeing how you redefine yourself! :D

Heather R. Holden said...

Welcome back! Real life must always come first, especially when it decides to throw some scary curveballs our way, so the hiatus here is more than understandable. Best of luck getting back into the swing of things!

Michael Di Gesu said...


I certainly missed you. AND my Weekly laughs. Funny I was going through my blog favs weeding blogger who hadn't posted in a LONG while. I couldn't drop you because I knew you'd return soon and YOU DID!

ALL the best figuring it all out. I know it will shine!

LD Masterson said...

Carol - Thanks. Congratulations on finishing the trilogy. Re. the blog/website, I got a lot of advice telling me to move to Wordpress but I don't think that's where I want to be. But I'll be happy to share as I get it worked out.

Jessica - Thank you. And yes, I am going to Killer Nashville. Will I see you there? I'll visit your new site today.

Linda G - Thanks. He doing well. And...yeah, me too. lol

Heather - Thank you. It's great touching base with everyone again.

Michael - Hang in there. I'm not giving up totally on those laughs.

Crystal Collier said...

You're back!!! I saw you commented on Michael's blog and you should have seen how quickly I sat up straight. Yay!

LD Masterson said...

Crystal - Thanks but I hope you didn't spill your cheese.

Julie Flanders said...

So great to see you back!! Yay!! :)

Murees Dupé said...

Hey LD. So great to have you back! Take your time getting back into things. Sorry about all those scares. Hope everything is better now.

LD Masterson said...

Julie - Great to be back. Thanks!

Murees - Thank you. Doing much better now.

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