Thank You for Everything

15 Nov

Thank You for Everything

This post comes with a heavy heart and weeks of hesitation, but in the end, I have to post it. I’ll be honest. I tried to shoot a video because I thought it would be more personal (and you all deserve that so much) but I could not get through it. I could not even shoot two minutes. So I’m typing it, and my first apology is how disconnected this message will come by, but I hope you all will understand what I am about to say.

I’m taking a long break from I want to call it quitting because it feels like quitting. To be honest, it feels like failure, but I simply cannot handle everything right now, even though I’ve been trying to power through it for a long time now.

Things in my life are not going well right now. I would go into details, but it’s not about the details. I’m not asking for a pity party. I will get through it. But I hope you will understand my long leave of absence. I’m not sure when I’ll come back. It might be two weeks. It might be two years. (Okay. Two years is a tad dramatic.) Maybe I’ll even come back in a month or so. But I wish I could estimate, and I cannot. I’ve even tried holding off on this – for weeks, probably even for months – and I can no longer lie to myself that I can continue at the rate I have for the past two years. I don’t know if I can continue at all, but I hope the break will help. That is my only hope right now.

During this break, I will try to focus on writing and bettering my life as a person and as an author so I can return with the positive energy you all deserve. I’ll try to stay active on Facebook and Twitter, and I might even post here – just not every other day. I will also still try to release Death Before Daylight, but I cannot promise anything at all, and I am so incredibly sorry to say that. I do, however, want to clarify that this is a personal decision. AEC Stellar Publishing, Inc. is still supporting The Timely Death Trilogy and my other works, and I’m remaining with the company. I only need to take a break from posting every other day as a breather for my own health. While this website has been some of the best solace in my life, I am too overwhelmed in other areas to continue here, but I hope you’ll stay for the day I return.

We miss everyone already.

We miss everyone already.

I want to thank everyone. Thank you to every blog that has helped me by commenting, sharing, and reviewing my books and blog posts. Thank you to every reader for taking a chance on my work. Thank you to every editor, cover artist, and publisher who helped create my publications. I am eternally grateful. Thank you. Thank you for supporting me. I do not deserve it right now though. But I hope to earn it back one day, and I hope that day comes sooner rather than later.

Until then, with all my love,


103 Responses to “Thank You for Everything”

  1. Melanie November 15, 2014 at 12:05 am #

    Wishing you the best with everything.

  2. graypoet November 15, 2014 at 12:16 am #

    I can understand and yet it leaves a feeling of loss. Do what you must but I hope you will come back and continue to share of yourself. Best wishes.

    • Shannon A Thompson November 15, 2014 at 11:18 am #

      I will try to come back soon to continue everything! Thank you for the best wishes.

  3. dianaroggenbuckebrown November 15, 2014 at 12:28 am #

    Good luck with everything. Sometime things /life can seem overwhelming a break can definitely help.

  4. jameschristie88 November 15, 2014 at 12:39 am #

    Hi Shannon, thanks for your writing blog, I thought it was great, hope to read more of your writing at some future time.

  5. chrispavesic November 15, 2014 at 12:49 am #

    The important thing is to take care of yourself, your family, and your health. Everything else is second.

  6. Franzi's Book Chase November 15, 2014 at 1:43 am #

    Hope you feel better soon. Good luck with everything and best wishes.

    • Shannon A Thompson November 15, 2014 at 11:19 am #

      Thank you. I hope I will feel better soon so I can return to posting helpful tips for everyone.

  7. josiesvoice November 15, 2014 at 2:39 am #

    Good luck. Do what you feel is right. Everything will fall into place.Take care.

    • Shannon A Thompson November 15, 2014 at 11:20 am #

      Thank you! I am keeping my fingers crossed that it will fall into place.

  8. Elle Klass November 15, 2014 at 3:12 am #

    Life has no where to go but up!

  9. Feminine and Feline November 15, 2014 at 3:16 am #

    Well hopefully we can stay connected through Twitter!! < 3

  10. Tina Williams November 15, 2014 at 3:20 am #

    Take care of yourself Shannon and do what you need to do and do not put pressure on yourself. Your online friends and readers are ready to welcome you back when you feel good and ready. xxx

    • Shannon A Thompson November 15, 2014 at 11:21 am #

      That is really nice to hear. :] Thank you. I was – and still am – very nervous about taking a break and not being able to reconnect when I return, but everyone’s kindness is making me feel much better about that.

  11. Dionysus Amber November 15, 2014 at 3:22 am #

    I wish you much peace and happiness. I know you will get through this difficult time. I will keep you in my thoughts. xx

  12. Ryan Attard November 15, 2014 at 3:43 am #

    I’m sorry to hear about your hiatus, but I do get it. This can get really overwhelming. Make the decision you feel deep down is the right one and we will all support you. Thank you for your help/ entertainment thus far and wishing you lots of love and health. I’m sure this won’t be the last we see of you,

    • Shannon A Thompson November 15, 2014 at 11:22 am #

      Thank you for your understanding words, Ryan! I will be sure to try to make a great comeback when I am able to.

  13. Sue November 15, 2014 at 3:52 am #

    You wouldn’t be human if things didn’t get on top of you once in a while. I’ve found a break is the best thing to deal with the essentials. Time turns things around. Good luck with everything – I’ve enjoyed your posts and I’m sure you’ll be back. Sue

    • Shannon A Thompson November 15, 2014 at 11:23 am #

      I’m glad you enjoyed the previous posts, and I hope when I come back, those posts can be just as helpful. :] Thank you for your encouragement.

  14. Paul Bowler November 15, 2014 at 4:12 am #

    Have enjoyed reading your blog, enjoy your rest, and hope all is well soon. Best wishes.

  15. Val November 15, 2014 at 4:42 am #

    No worries, dear Shannon. You continue to make dreams become real. My opinion ion is that you will inspire and entertain us for years and decades, but of course in different ways. Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Shannon A Thompson November 15, 2014 at 11:23 am #

      Oh, thank you, Val. You are always so unbelievably kind. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well.

  16. thebookheap November 15, 2014 at 5:56 am #

    All the best, Shannon! I hope you come back soon, I enjoy reading your posts 🙂

  17. Melanie Jo Moore November 15, 2014 at 5:57 am #

    Have a wonderful blog break. I support you completely. I feel like social media is such a drain on authors. Good luck!

    • Shannon A Thompson November 15, 2014 at 11:24 am #

      Thank you! It can be a drain. It has never felt like a drain before, but I think other parts of my life has caused this to be more overwhelming than anything. Once I get through all of that, I’m sure I can return here with energy and positivity.

  18. Natacha Guyot November 15, 2014 at 6:19 am #

    Wishing you the best and I hope that you come back soon. Take good care of yourself! 🙂

  19. Charles Yallowitz November 15, 2014 at 6:43 am #

    Good luck with everything. Thanks for all the fun posts you made here and hope you come back stronger than ever. 🙂

    • Shannon A Thompson November 15, 2014 at 11:25 am #

      Thank you! I am going to try!

      • Charles Yallowitz November 15, 2014 at 12:29 pm #

        Take care of the important stuff and good luck. WordPress and the Internet aren’t going anywhere. 😉

  20. Auntie Barb November 15, 2014 at 7:00 am #

    So sorry to hear of rough times. Prayers for your rest and restoration of comfort, creative spirit and joy! Hugs and love…never hesitate to do what you need to do to keep yourself well physically and emotionally.

  21. Elaine Jeremiah November 15, 2014 at 7:06 am #

    You have nothing to be sorry for Shannon. You need to take time out for yourself. We’ll still be here when you get back. All the best for the future. Best wishes, Elaine.

  22. ifyoulivetobe100 November 15, 2014 at 7:39 am #

    Taking care of yourself in the way you know you need to is never quitting or giving up….it’s doing something different because you need to. I hope you heal quickly, and completely…and do what’s right for you.

    • Shannon A Thompson November 15, 2014 at 11:26 am #

      Thank you! I promise to rest well and try to come back as soon as I am able.

  23. kbeck13 November 15, 2014 at 7:55 am #

    Don’t feel like a failure. Sometimes too much is too much. Focusing on your health and happiness should always come first. I understand personally as I am recovering from a severe burnout myself. Take all the time you need. Best of luck and take care of yourself!

  24. Paul Handover November 15, 2014 at 8:27 am #

    Being good to oneself, caring for one, must always come first. For as the saying goes, to love another first you have to love yourself! Take care of you!

    • Shannon A Thompson November 15, 2014 at 11:27 am #

      Thank you. :] I will try so I can come back better than ever. :]

  25. coldhandboyack November 15, 2014 at 8:37 am #

    We’ll miss you. Hope everything works out well.

  26. Phoenix Rainez November 15, 2014 at 8:53 am #

    You definitely deserve the break Shannon. I was always amazed at how much online activity you had going on and still finding time to write.
    Its always good to take a time out and we all deserve some “me time”
    You are an inspiration to me and all your fans and we will all still be here when you return.
    Sending healing postive vibes your way. Have a wonderful break and unwind, relax and take time out to smell the roses.

    • Shannon A Thompson November 15, 2014 at 11:29 am #

      Thank you so much for your inspirational words. I appreciate your message so much, and I will try to find some roses to check out. ;]

  27. CL Mannarino November 15, 2014 at 9:05 am #

    Take care of yourself, Shannon! Sending love and healing thoughts and healthy hopes for the future. ❤

  28. Debra Dockter Young Adult Author November 15, 2014 at 9:11 am #

    Wishing you the best! Come back when you’re ready and we’ll be here:)

    • Shannon A Thompson November 15, 2014 at 11:29 am #

      Glad to hear so many people saying they’ll still be here. I was worried about leaving even for a little amount of time, but everyone is so kind. Thank you.

  29. elizjamison November 15, 2014 at 9:30 am #

    if your body and soul are telling you to take a break, then that’s what you have got to do. You will come back better, happier, and healthier. I have really enjoyed your posts over these two years and I look forward to reading more in the future. I hope you are okay. Just remember that we try to control things: schedules, deadlines, outcomes, personal stuff, etc. and sometimes we just can’t. We have to go with it, ride the wave, let it play itself out.

    Take care. Keep writing!


    • Shannon A Thompson November 15, 2014 at 11:30 am #

      Great points! I’m in the “can’t control” things moment of my life, but I’m hoping to ride that wave out, and when it’s over, I can return. Thank you for your encouragement.

  30. kingmidget November 15, 2014 at 9:39 am #

    It seems bloggers fall into two categories. Those that can just keep churning out posts day after day regardless of what is going in their lives and those that can’t. I have seen many of that latter group. I’m one of them and am actually in the midst of my own self-imposed blogging exile. I still read other people’s blogs, although not as much as I once did, but I’m not posting on my own blog. There are a lot of reasons and I won’t compare my own situation to yours, but I think I get where you’re coming from. If blogging isn’t working anymore, you shouldn’t force it. Take a break, deal with what it is that is going on. You’ll come back if and when you’re ready to. Good luck with whatever it is that you’re struggling with.

    • Shannon A Thompson November 15, 2014 at 11:31 am #

      I’ve never had to take a break before, so it’s very foreign to me, but I’m hoping it’s ultimately the right thing to do in order to better myself so that this website can be okay in the long run. Thank you for your encouragement. I hope your situation is getting better, too. :]

  31. boomer98053 November 15, 2014 at 9:46 am #

    Only you know what’s right for you; you’re wise to listen to yourself. I wish you the best.

  32. eclecticalli November 15, 2014 at 9:57 am #

    Take care of yourself! That’s the most important thing! Looking forward to more writing from you, whatever form it takes — but you can’t thrive if you aren’t taking care of yourself!

    • Shannon A Thompson November 15, 2014 at 11:31 am #

      I will try to come back soon! Thank you for understanding.

  33. Susannah Ailene Martin November 15, 2014 at 10:02 am #

    Aww! Don’t feel bad. Everybody needs a little time off. The most important thing is that you start feeling better.

  34. The Animation Commendation November 15, 2014 at 10:54 am #

    Hope everything works out for you, Shannon!

  35. writergurlny November 15, 2014 at 11:08 am #

    I’m sorry to hear that. I wish you all the best.

  36. Marcia November 15, 2014 at 11:42 am #

    I wish you the best, Shannon and I’ll miss reading your posts… But I’m sure when you return you’ll be full of positive energy! 😀

  37. K.D. Keenan November 15, 2014 at 11:59 am #

    Shannon, I’m very sorry that you are having a tough time right now. You’re right–you will get through this. I think it’s wise of you to take a break–and when/if you return to blogging, try blogging once a week or so. It’s a lot easier, and a major blogger once commented that every 10 days is ideal, because it gives people a chance to catch up with you before the next posting. I’m no expert, but what he said made sense to me. Take care of yourself!

    • Shannon A Thompson November 18, 2014 at 11:18 pm #

      Thank you for the advice! I will consider that as a new method when I decide to return.

  38. debyfredericks November 15, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

    Take care of yourself first, and I hope to hear from you soon.

  39. Allie P. November 15, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

    Just remember, its not that we fall, but how we pick ourselves back up that matters. Take care of yourself, and good luck! Hopefully we’ll ‘meet’ again soon!

  40. hawaygeordie November 15, 2014 at 2:32 pm #

    Everyone needs a bit of Me time. Take the time to renew your energies and return refreshed. We’ll still be here for you.

  41. sophifrost November 15, 2014 at 7:24 pm #

    Wishing you the best of luck with your novel. Take your time, rebuild your energy.
    Best regards.

  42. Danielle November 16, 2014 at 3:54 pm #

    When I read your post on your routine recently I wondered how you do it all. Take a break, breathe, hug your cat. It will all settle down and then the most important things will get the focus they deserve, when you are ready x

    • Shannon A Thompson November 18, 2014 at 11:20 pm #

      Bogart and I have definitely been hanging out! Thank you. I will try to return soon.

  43. Mishka Jenkins November 17, 2014 at 5:12 am #

    Taking a break can be the best thing, I really hope it helps 🙂

  44. Rachel November 17, 2014 at 6:43 am #

    I hope things aren’t too difficult for you – life and blogging can become overwhelming, and I think only other bloggers know that really. You’ve built a fantastic online fan-base, so I hope, when you’re ready, you’ll take strength from that. Looking forward to your return already 🙂

  45. Nadine Tomlinson November 17, 2014 at 8:58 am #

    I understand, Shannon. Do what’s best for your soul. Wishing you an increase in balance, connection, creativity, and every goodness.

  46. Mandy Wallace November 17, 2014 at 5:29 pm #

    I wish you the best, Shannon. And I hope you get the rest you need! Looking forward to your return. But no pressure at all. Leave my subscription open in case you want to come back. Sending you positive vibes!


  47. readergirl100 November 17, 2014 at 5:33 pm #

    Best regards to you, Shannon. I just wanted to take a second and let you know how much it meant to me that you sent me a review request. I was starting to give up hope about my blog and was wondering if someone would ever actually be interested in my writing, and then I saw an email from you pop up in my inbox! It really made my day. Good luck with your writing and I wish you strength and courage to face whatever you are going through.

    • Shannon A Thompson November 18, 2014 at 11:23 pm #

      Your blog is fantastic! Don’t give up on something you enjoy. I know – that might seem ironic on this post – but I don’t think it’s a give up. Just a break. But blogging is a wonderful thing, and it brings me a lot of joy – just like this message you’ve posted to me has brought me a smile. Thank you. Keep reading. :]

  48. koehlerjoni November 17, 2014 at 5:50 pm #

    I will miss reading about your adventures. Best of luck in everything that you do. Hope you have a chance in the near future to recharge your batteries. Sending fuzzy kitten thoughts your way.

    • Shannon A Thompson November 18, 2014 at 11:23 pm #

      Fuzzy kitten thoughts definitely help! I’ll be back for sure!

  49. tonekinchloe November 18, 2014 at 10:40 pm #

    I hope that everything works out to your liking on your end in regards to your health, perhaps needing more space to breathe or simply weathering what life is presenting to you. You will write, maybe on a napkin, a post it note on your fridge, but you will jot down that thought which could be a spark to something epic. We creative writers are that way, for whatever reasons, we must create that change of scenery, change of atmosphere, we have to do something to jolt our universe into that new point of view. I recently announced on Facebook that I’m disappearing until the end of the year, to focus on one particular writing project. A promise I made to myself, with that decision, I oddly felt an immediate relief. I’ve read some of your writings here and enjoyed what I read. Sorry I hadn’t commented before, but I read this and had to respond. Best of luck to you and will kept an eye out for your return. peace tone

    • Shannon A Thompson November 18, 2014 at 11:24 pm #

      Thank you for sharing your experiences with me! I hope the break helps, and I keeping ahold of that hope during this time. I appreciate your kind words of encouragement as well.

  50. nshami14 November 25, 2014 at 11:55 am #

    Do what you need to for as long as you need to and write on when you can

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