Where in the world is Sarah Madison?

Where in the world is Sarah Madison?

You might be asking yourself that right about now–or maybe not. If you’re like me, sometimes the first time I notice someone has been absent is when they pop up to apologize for their absence–which then results in a flurry of guilt for not realizing before–please, don’t do that. It’s okay. I understand.

There have been reasons for the absence. Boring reasons that can be summed up with: life hit me hard and tumbled me into a well of depression. At the moment, I appear to be sitting on the ledge, contemplating pulling myself out and seeing what’s next. Part of that process appears to be reconsidering what Sarah Madison brings to the M/M romance table as a middle-aged cishet white woman.

I’ll be honest, I’m not sure she does bring anything to the table that can’t better be told by someone with a deeper understanding of what it’s like to be a member of the GLBTQ community. I love writing. I fall in love with characters and want to tell their stories. But that doesn’t necessarily mean I’m the best one to tell them.

That said, it is my intention to bring the Sixth Sense series to a close–hopefully completing a draft for publication in 2019. I have other stories I’d love to tell, but I have to warn you, if I do, it will be a long, slow process to publishing. I’m not a fast writer these days. I’ve become self-critical to the point of hamstringing the process–that’s something else I need to work on.

But as we leave 2018 behind, I felt the need to poke my head out of the burrow and check the weather. For the first time in a long time, I scent hope in the air.

For all our sakes, I hope this is truly the case.

Here’s to a better 2019 for us all.

 

12 thoughts on “Where in the world is Sarah Madison?

  1. I knew you were gone, but I also figured you were dealing with life issues you didn’t feel a need to share with everyone. 😉 Never apologize for going offline. Sometimes that IS the healthiest thing you can do for yourself.

    Sorry to hear about the depression, though. I’ve been in and out of it myself this last year. It was never serious enough to make me think I needed help, but I was aware the zest had gone out of living. Nothing much appealed to me. I didn’t see any reason to wake up in the morning. I think that will be a state I return to again and again as I age in a rapidly changing world that doesn’t care what happens to me. But I’m not offing myself yet. I still have some things I want to do.

    • Theo: you could be me here, echoing these same words and fears. I’ve reached a point where I think I need to seek professional help, which oddly enough, I take as a good sign. That I care enough to try to make things better, if that makes any sense.

      I’m open to counseling, though remain skeptical about medication. I know it is extremely beneficial to some, but it’s always done more harm than good for me in the past. We’ll see.

      I’m glad you still have things you want to do. <3
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  2. I had noticed Sarah Madison had not posted for a while. I am sorry you have been struggling with depression, I totally understand how difficult it is to move when feeling like that, let alone reach out and interact with anyone or anything. Especially when there is a lot of life chaos going on around you as well. So glad you sense some hope over the horizon.

    As to your writing. You are one of my favorite authors and I will read what you write, m/m or otherwise, regardless of how long it takes you to share it with the world. You create wonderful characters, with spark, and create interesting plots. I care more about the anticipation and discovery than the erotic part of stories, and you do that part so very well with every feeling of authenticity. So write male/male, female/male, horses, aliens, or poodles and I will happily read it all when you are ready to release it to the Wild.

    I hope the new year brings you more than just the scent of hope, but a good amount of happiness and peace of mind as well!

    • So write male/male, female/male, horses, aliens, or poodles and I will happily read it all when you are ready to release it to the Wild.

      This made me smile so hard–thank you. I might give the poodles a try. 🙂

      You create wonderful characters, with spark, and create interesting plots. I care more about the anticipation and discovery than the erotic part of stories, and you do that part so very well with every feeling of authenticity.

      I needed to hear this today, too. That’s the part of writing stories that interests me the most, and it is encouraging to hear that someone else enjoys that too. 🙂
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  3. Hi Sarah, it’s so good to hear from you again. I so understand the need to hide these days. Most of the time I don’t recognize the world I live in anymore. I’m glad you’re seeing glimpses of light again and hope they’ll continue to get brighter over the coming months. As for writing. I don’t think the question is whether or not someone else can say what you want to say ‘better’ or not. ‘Better’ is a subjective term at the best of times, if only because sometimes the voice that’s best to hear for one person might not at all be right for somebody else.

    I wish you nothing but the best for 2019.

  4. Sarah,

    I would like tell you that as an member of the GLBTQ community and as an aspiring writer myself, I think that you portrayed our community with great honor with inspiring, engaging, exciting and interesting characters that we have become attached too. I love your Sixth Sense series as I have reread them now at least 4 times each and still find Lee and John just interesting every time. Don’t give up, we need allies like you more than ever now days. Thanks for allowing us to ride along with Lee and John adventures. Best wishes.

    • Oh, golly. Thank you, John. That I could write anything that someone would re-read is the greatest compliment I could ever receive. You really don’t know just how much I needed to hear these encouraging words today. I’m honored by them.

  5. Your writing is worth the wait. As for being a middle-aged cishet and wondering about being the best to write your stories, I have a few things to say; first, you have a wonderful talent and when you put words together it’s a joy to read. Second, I’m an old and ancient straight woman and I love your books. More than likely, most of your readers are straight females and love every word you write. I know I do.

  6. HELLO AND HAPPY 2019!
    I hope it will be a year of resumption for all of us. I missed you, because I always take a look here to see the news. You are one of my favorite authors, and The Sixth Sense one of my top 5 series. I love how you write, and I always wait for the next book.
    I’m sorry for the personal problems you had to deal with, but I hope you have the strength to overcome them!
    I pray for you!

    • I am so sorry for the delayed response here! For some reason, I never received the notification! You are too kind. Your encouragement means so much to me today. Thank you! I hope I can get back on the writing train soon. 🙂

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