It’s been too long

Wow. I’ve really let the dust collect on this thing. With Varina Paladino’s Jersey Italian Love Story releasing on Valentine’s Day, it’s probably time to at least say hi to this poor, neglected blog, so…”Hi!”

Frankie D and I just got back from an amazing (and short) trip up to Cooperstown, NY, where I was invited to visit with two book clubs that read The Bar Harbor Retirement Home For Famous Writers (And Their Muses). It was magical. I love chatting with readers, hearing their insights and ideas and all the bits and pieces they fill into the story. One of the gentlemen admitted (after his wife outed him) he cried at the end. It’s nice to bask in their appreciation of my work. It’s also pretty awesome to revisit this story I love so much. Four years! Four years since being published. Wow. Very cool.

Fun news, I’ve been officially invited to attend The Tuscon Festival of Books this March, as an author. I’ll have two panels, and two signings to do, but other than that–BOOKS! I’m very excited. I haven’t done a panel since the fantasy-writing days! I didn’t realize how much I missed doing this sort of thing. Since Frankie D and I have never been to Arizona, and because a dear friend now lives down that-aways, we’re going out early and spending a few days before the Festival.

On a more serious note: This blog started as a writing/book thing. Then it became the place I dumped so much of my sorrow, grief, anger, and love after Chris died. I won’t be deleting the past, but I do believe it’s time for this to be a writing/book blog again. The wheel turns, and with it, so do I. For a while, I needed my grief SEEN, exhibitionist (or sadist) that it was. Now, not so much. It’s actually gotten pretty exhausting to keep doing. Too exhausting.

Ok! That’s that. I’ll be here, posting fun stuff up as it comes along. There’s already been a lot! But there’s more to come. See you soon!


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14 responses to “It’s been too long

  1. Mahmoud Chreih

    No doubt Terri – Lynne Only for suckers On my way to Vienna M💗

    Sent from my iPhone



  2. This is wonderful, Terri! Where you are as an author and in the climb out of the grief-focus. I so understand and celebrate with you!

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  3. Time to celebrate YOU, my friend <3! Can't wait for your book to release!

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  4. I can’t wait to read this book!! Arizona is on my bucket list so I’m looking forward to hearing about your trip. 😊❤️

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    • Terri-Lynne DeFino

      I’m SO looking forward to the Festival. Some of the dollbabies went (as readers) a couple of years ago, but it was my birthday weekend and I couldn’t leave Frankie D behind! Now I finally get to go. As an author! Eeep!


  5. Bev Fasig

    I’m looking forward to your newest book, and to hearing about your Arizona adventures! Lots of sand in Arizona!

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  6. Lise-Marie

    So good to hear your “voice” again. Congratulations on all the amazing news. You are amazing.

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  7. Carol Lovekin

    My last post was August, so yes, much dust! This is possibly the nudge I need; I’ve been thinking about writing something new but the question is, what? I do wonder if, after so many years of blogging about my work, I’ve run out of things to say? The process of writing never changes & that is what my blog has always been about. The excitement of a new book being published creates moments of sparkle of course, that’s a given. I’m not sure the diary nature of my blog is any longer relevant.

    I love that you credit yours as being part of your healing process. The shape of grief changes; it stays with us only we learn to place it where it is honoured but no longer overwhelms us.
    Love, as always, Terri. xXx

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    • Terri-Lynne DeFino

      I often feel the same “running out of things to say” way, or like this blog served its purpose, and now I’m hanging on to hang on. We shall see, in the coming months, if this was a dive back in, or one of those hanging on attempts. 😉
      ❤ and sparkles


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