Writer’s Block

Mary & Hazel

I never really got the whole writer’s block thing. I don’t think I’ve experienced it since secondary school, and even then, it was usually just a case of leave it alone for a while, let it stew, come back later and voilá.

Now I have it, I get it.

I have it since Hazel’s Nana, my mum-in-law Mary, died. My last proper blog post is from the 12th of April. She died, quite suddenly after a brief ten week illness, on the 18th of April.

I managed, with great difficulty, after hours and hours, over days and days of staring at a blank screen and forcing out a few words onto the page,  to come up with my keynote address for the ICTedu conference in LIT, Thurles. It went well and for a few brief hours I forgot about the void. When it came crashing back that evening… well, let’s just say it wasn’t pretty.

I guess I’m just writing to explain my long absence and to apologise to anyone who contacted me in the past 5 weeks and heard nothing back.

Everything seems pretty unimportant right now, but I’m sure, that too, shall pass.

For those of you who’ve been using the site all year and are about to sit the exams, with all my heart I sincerely wish you the best of luck. To my own students, thanks for your patience. I know I haven’t been entirely myself of late.

Evelyn x



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