Saturday, 1 September 2012

Off Again

I know, I know, I've been coming and going recently. As a blogger I've been as reliable as a chocolate teapot. (Sorry, too tired to think of a simile that's not a cliche.) But this time something's come up that I just have to deal with and it'll leave me little time for anything else. So I'll have to extend my break for an indeterminate length of time, but I'm determined to come back for my one year blogiversary in October, when I'll also host my 300 follower giveaway. It also means I'll have to drop out of GUTGAA. GUTted is the word, but maybe I'll be able to join in a bit later on.

Please come back next Wednesday, when I'll have a guest post from the talented J.L. Campbell as part of her Friendship is Forever blog tour, but after that I'm offski.

I'd also like to ask you to do me a very special favour before I go, if you will. My stepson, Andrew, is a very   talented and sweet-natured 17-year-old who just happens to have severe cerebral palsy. He'll shortly be leaving school and heading off to college; however, the only places that can offer him suitable provision are in England. Our local authority won't pay for any of the funding, and as you can imagine, this isn't just a regular college placement. I've set up a blog for him, Andrew McNaughton - On The Road To College, where you can follow our fundraising efforts. I'd really, really appreciate it if you could head over, read Andrew's story, and show him some support.

Cheers, and I'll see you all in October if not before!

27 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hope Andrew gets into that college with no problem!
We'll be here waiting until you are ready to rock and roll again.

L.G.Smith said...

Yes, I hope Andrew gets the things he needs to go to school. See you again for your blogoversary. And congrats on 300 plus followers!

L.G.Smith said...

Hmm, don't mean to be dense, but I can't find a link to Andrew's blog.

Lara Schiffbauer said...

I'm sorry about GUTGAA. That's a real bummer, so I hope you might be able to do some of it.

That's a wonderful idea of a blog for your nephew. I hope all turns out well.

Lara Schiffbauer said...

Okay, I'm an idiot. Sorry. Stepson - lovely idea for your stepson! Don't know where I got nephew. :P

Elise Fallson said...
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Elise Fallson said...

Wishing you and your family well and hope Andrew gets into the college he needs. See you in October and take care Nick!

Freya Morris said...

Oh I hope everything is OK and you come through the other end soon!

Good luck to Andrew too, hopefully some charities can help you guys out too. Keep writing and get selling it too! ; D

Suze said...

Nick, you sound like you have a lot of important preoccupations soaking up your limited time and energy. Nice to have you pop in with this update. Take care of yourself in the midst of everything.

Kim said...

LOVE the chocolate teapot simile :) It made me smile.

Take your time away from blogging. I know I've taken mine. We'll be here waiting when you return ...

Medeia Sharif said...

I wish the best for Andrew and I hope you get everything taken care of during your blog break. See you in October. Take care.

Carol Kilgore said...

Love 'chocolate teapot' :)

I'm going to be on a blog break in September, too. See you in October!

I wish you much success in your efforts to secure funding.

Shannon Lawrence said...

Good luck to you in dealing with whatever has come up, and good luck to Andrew. I will pass along the link to his blog on Wednesday, as well.

Talli Roland said...

Have a good break, Nick, and we'll see you in October! And best of luck to Andrew.

Nick Wilford said...

Alex - Thanks. We'll only manage it with the goodwill and support of those such as yourself.

L.G. - Thanks. I don't want to be away too long. Thanks for following Andrew's blog!

Lara - Lol, no worries. Thanks for following his blog! I hope I'll have good news to share on it. :)

Elise - Thanks!

Freya - Thanks. We're looking into charities - my wife is well used to campaigning on behalf of Andrew - and I've had an idea about the writing too. Watch this space!

Suze - Thanks. Well, it would be rude to not keep you up to speed.

Kim - Looking forward to getting back with good news!

Medeia - Thanks a lot.

Carol - Thanks! It's going to be a long road. It shouldn't be as difficult.

Shannon - Thanks, that's very kind.

Talli - Thanks! Andrew says thanks, too. :)

Martin Willoughby said...

I hope it goes well for you and you get what you need.

Rose Munevar said...

Hope all is well and we'll look forward to welcoming you back when you're ready. That's a great thing you're doing for your stepson and we'll be wishing the best for him!

Cynthia said...

I wish the best for your stepson. Also hoping that you will take care of what you need to take care of during your break. I look forward to reading more from you when you return.

Lynda R Young said...

enjoy your break. I'll look forward to your return (and Wednesday)

Jessica L. Foster said...

Hmmm a chocolate teapot . . . Sometimes every blogger needs a break. I hope your stepson gets everything he needs for college.

J.L. Campbell said...

Hi, Nick,

Sending something your way today. Coming across to check out that blog.

Movies on my Mind said...

Good luck in your efforts. Hope it works out.

Nicole said...

Hope everything works out! Looking forward to new posts from you in Oct.

Julie Dao said...

Sending my best wishes to your son Andrew! I hope that he gets to go to the school of his choice and will check out your blog!

Cherie Reich said...

Best wishes for Andrew getting into college!

We'll be here for when you return from your blogging break. :)

Jessica Nelson said...

Hi Nick! You won a B&N card on my blog. :-)
Best wishes for your son, as well!

Susan Oloier said...

Nick,
Sorry I've been absent from your blog. My youngest son has Trisomy 18, so I understand the challenges for children who don't fit society's idea of the norm. I'm heading over. I have a soft spot for kiddos who have extra challenges anyway.