It’s been a very long time since my last post. I could tell you I’ve just been “busy” but I’m told using the term “busy” is not an acceptable insert or excuse so I’ll simply state that I needed to step away from my blog and think about the direction I should travel with it over the next year. Since I don’t believe in setting New Year’s Resolutions, I’ll simply state that I’m focusing more on my fiction writing than on blogging. I am, however, going to be sharing a few of my story ideas throughout this year and hope you, the reader, will help provide character and storyline feedback for one or two ideas along the way.  I may even experiment on the direction of the story based on your responses. Before I close out my 2013 blog, I would like to share an update on a story I wrote about Peter, one of the ‘Lost Boys’ of the Sudan. Many of you were interested in his story and have since asked how he’s doing. The news is bittersweet. Peter proudly graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas on December 15th! He is currently applying to clinical nursing programs with hopes of completing a nursing degree in the near future. This makes Peter the very first member of his family to ever graduate from college. Sadly, this accompanies tragic news of Peter’s family living under attack in his home country. While we were preparing to celebrate Christmas, violent attacks broke out between ethnic groups in South Sudan. Thousands have been killed and more than 200,000 have been displaced from their homes. The displaced include Peter’s parents and other relatives. They went into hiding and Peter now fears they will not survive without clean water and food. Americans working in the U.S. Embassy have been under evacuation since the fighting broke out. We hope and pray for Peter, his family, and our U.S. military rescue teams to remain safe and for a peaceful resolve in his country. Peter, once again, reminds me of how fortunate and blessed we are to live in the United States. I wish you all Peace in 2014.

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