September 19, 2007

Alive and Well

Over the past week or so, we’ve received a string of messages, from friends and strangers alike, wondering if we’re OK, since neither of us has posted anything new on any of our blogs in some time. It’s nice to know we’re missed! Yes, we’re both fine, and I’m in the process of writing a variety of posts detailing exactly what we’ve been up to.

One reason we haven’t posted much is that we’ve both been exceptionally busy meeting a variety of deadlines for new and updated Take Control books. (As you may or may not know, I’ve written more than a dozen titles in the series, with more coming soon, and Morgen does some editorial and production work for the publisher.) In between these projects, I’ve also had to squeeze in some work for TidBITS and Macworld, and I still have a number of articles waiting to be written. Ah, the life of the freelance writer.

Apart from simply being busy, though, we’ve had some other distractions. Most seriously, my dad has been in the hospital for a few weeks, has undergone major surgery and experienced various complications, and has had a couple of fairly close calls. I’ve spent many hours on the phone with family tracking his progress, and even when I haven’t actively been dealing with that crisis, it’s made it hard for me to concentrate on other things. At the moment, he seems to be on the road to recovery, but it may be some time before we have a reliable prognosis.

The other significant distraction has been our ongoing immigration process. Last week we finally had our appointments at the Préfecture de Police to apply for our cartes de séjour, our long-term residence permits. Long story short: it went fine, and we’ve been told that our cards should be ready in a couple of months. But getting to that point required a ton of exhausting preparation, discussion, gathering of documentation, and anxiety. I’ll spell that all out in one or more posts here as soon as I possibly can.

So that’s the scoop. We actually have found some time for a bit of sightseeing and socializing, just not time to write about it. But I’m happy to report that my Inbox is empty (always a positive sign) and although I have more deadlines ahead, I have a little bit of breathing room right now, and I’ll be getting as caught up with all our blogs as I can.

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