Over the last several months, it’s been my intention to start classes back up and also to run my radio show, and if you’re a follower of this site you know it hasn’t happened.
I wanted to let you know the reason, and also to let you know we are going to get things up and running again, but possibly not until fall.
Many of you know that my 22 year old son, Anthony, has been fighting cancer for the last three years. He underwent 3 different sessions of cancer – the first for 6 month, the second for 8 months and third for 9 months. He also had a total of 4 operations, including one to remove most of his colon, a second to remove part of his liver and the tumors, and then he also did a couple sessions of radiation treatment.
Each time, the doctors pronounced him cancer free, and each time, a month or so later, the cancer came back, harder and more destructive than before.
Last summer (2013), after consulting with two oncologists and a surgeon, and finding out that more surgery and more chemo were on their plans – but that neither was expected to work, based on what had been going on, Tony made the decision to stop being what he called a ‘science experiment’.
He chose to live his life on his own terms, for however long that might be. He created a kind of ‘bucket list’ of things he wanted to do in his life, and he set out working on those things. But the most important choice he made was to be present in the lives of the people he cared about the most. Many of his friends didn’t know he even had cancer, in fact, it wasn’t unti December that an acquaintance “outed him” by posting a photo of him on Facebook and talking about his courage.
However, that, in the long run was a blessing, because it opened the door and space for those conversations Tony didn’t know how to start, and it helped his friends to get closer to him, and meant he didn’t have to spend any energy explaining what he had been going through.
And I was privileged to get to spend my time with him, helping him and walking this last part of the journey with him. So, although my intentions to keep classes open and continue running my radio show were good – in the end, my priority was being with my son.
My son gave up his struggle in this life two weeks ago. And now, I’m picking up the pieces of my life, and starting to decide what I want to focus my energy on, and where I want to spend my time.
I believe in the Writer’s Business Academy and the mission and values it was founded on. I believe that every writer can make a good living from their writing – and should be able to support themselves as a freelance or independent writer, if that’s their goal.
I believe that together we can get rid of the ‘starving artist’ mentality that keep many writers and authors making less than $10,000 a year, and being forced to work at another ‘job’ to support their families and their passion for writing.
I believe that the Writer’s Business Academy can give you the tools, the education and the support you need to build the ‘business side’ of your writing business, to make your dreams of being a full time writer or author – and bieng able to support yourself doing it – are entirely possible and within your grasp.
But I am also going through the process of grieving for my son… Which is strange, because I know with every fiber of my being that he lives on, just on another plane of existence… In any case, if it’s possible to be both devestated and joyous at the same time, that’s what I’m feeling right now, as I right this post.
Which is why I’m going to be taking things with the Writer’s Business Academy slowly. I will be setting up courses, finding additional experts to interview, and also to provide courses or workshops, but it will be at the pace it is meant to be, for my – and all of ours – highest good.
I also want to let you know that i’m in the process of deleting the current database of subcribers from this site. I will be setting up a sign up page if you want to continue to get notifications, if you want to find out more about being a student and if you want to take classes, listen in to interviews – or even if you’re interested in teaching a workshop. The notification list will ensure you get the latest information about what’s going on.
And if you have any questions, feel free to contact us, using the contact form.
Thank you for your understanding, your support and your emails and comment on Facebook. They have all be read and appreciated.
Have a great summer…