Eish!

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After my most epic online absence ever, all I can say really is, Eish! It’s been a little nuts. I live on a game farm now, way out in the bush, and the start of the rainy season brought a few not so pleasant surprises internet-wise. This is a beautiful, huge and rambling place, accessed via quite a long stretch of really bad sand road, which becomes pretty much impossible to drive on when wet, even with an SUV such as I have. The internet hub is situated in the main office, which isn’t a problem at all for me, except that in the past few weeks we’ve had power outages, the most horrendous computer malware attack, and an electrical short which knobbled us all until the electrician could wend his way here. The cherry on the top was that I got a little slack and stopped neurotically inspecting everything I eat and got royally glutened. Very sick puppy I was. Still far from a hundred percent as far as the poor old innards are concerned.

Happily though, I’m still kicking, and the power short/malware/internet/soggy road have all been overcome now. Before all of this rotten divil nonsense struck we had a rhino capture here, which was absolutely amazing (will share pics and proper story about that later), however, there was a documentary filmmaker along with the road crew who (I kid you not) made off with my laptop charger, and it took weeks before I could lay my hands on a new one. In the meantime I wasn’t too perturbed because my friend and owner of this paradise said that I could use her computer in the office. Not a problem then. All I had to do was transfer anything I needed to email by memory stick from my desktop in my chalet to that and tra-la-la. However, and without any delay at all— Enter malware attack and— Celiac attack— Well. You get the picture.

Lately the rain has meant that the cellphone signal has been zero, so VERY few emails have been got to. It’s clearing now and all is fabulous again. I’ll get to all your emails but will take a while, so if there’s anything I need to see now please zoom over a fresh email and I’ll get right on it. So, with all the devilish attempts to foil my scribbling career now properly squished, I shall attempt to move on with some small degree of decorum.

I’m incredibly grateful though. It’s been a pretty rough year—the roughest in my life so far. Terrifying and challenging, and a good couple of times it was very tempting to run and hide, and give up trying in general. I’ve had the most amazing love and support from my friends, who are all angels straight from Heaven in my book, and I reckon that now the worst is over. I could NEVER have done it without you guys. I’m also so grateful for the support of “my” authors who have given me the privilege of working on their books, thereby showing me the way forward, work-wise. Thanks for your support and patience during the growing pains.

I’m hoping to stay right here right through Christmas and in to next year, which I’m hoping will be epic for all of us, only in really good ways. Once I’ve made head or tail of my turgid inbox and appeased anyone who wants me drawn and quartered for my super long absence, I’m planning on getting a little festive in general. Festive and bookish again, with a bit of luck. Please give me reminders of anything I’ve missed of yours for sharing or generally catching up.

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49 thoughts on “Eish!

    ailsaabrahamwp said:
    December 16, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Oh ye gods, So glad to have you back. Been thinking about you a lot and that usually means there’s trouble. Bless you for finding where you should be. When you have all your tecktronicks working, bung me an email xxxxx

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      December 16, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      It’s fabulous to talk to you again Ailsa! I’ll zoom you an email. Can’t wait to catch up on all your news! xxxxx

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    olganm said:
    December 16, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Good to hear from you, Jo. I’d been wondering and assumed there might be technical problems. I hope things settle for a while and you feel better soon. ♥

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      December 16, 2016 at 3:30 pm

      It’s been crazy with extras indeed! It’s so wonderful to log on again and see all my lovely friends still right here. I hope all is well with you Olga – rotten old 2016. xxxxx

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    Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
    December 16, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    We are all relieved to see Jo Robinson back online after a lengthy absence which she explains in her post today.. not all of us have the African bush to contend with when going about our daily business.. and I thought Tesco was tough.. Welcome back Jo .. you were sorely missed. ♥

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    philipparees said:
    December 16, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Likewise welcome. One always assumed emails are semi-infallible, and an unanswered one is a sort of snub. Explains everything! You are incredibly resilient Jo! Have a really happy Christmas.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      December 16, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      Ooh Philippa – I would NEVER ignore anything on purpose, especially from you. It’s been really whacky though. Trying to access emails with the phone doesn’t work with the volume I get – it misses loads. Did you email me? xxxxx

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    The Story Reading Ape said:
    December 16, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    I just KNEW you couldn’t stay out of trouble Jo – even though you’re out in the middle of nowhere LOL
    WELCOME BACK to the equally crazy world of the blogosphere XXXXX

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      December 16, 2016 at 3:38 pm

      THANK YOU FURRY!!! MWAH!! Wow have I missed your gorgeous scented self! That’s not even the half of it – LOL! I feel like I’ve toughened up likebold shoe leather now though, so hook or crook, I’m back to stay. xxxxxxx

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    The Story Reading Ape said:
    December 16, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    In case you were wondering where our Jo had wandered off to 😀

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    S.K. Nicholls said:
    December 16, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    So glad to see you up and running again. Missed you terribly.Had a few people inquire about your services and I forwarded them to you. Might be some of those emails. I am posting some interviews about the new book. It got published and I had a professional blog tour. Now I am doing a little mini blog tour and having the book made into an audio book. It’s been a busy but wildly wonderful experience and I could not have done so well without your help. So many people have commented on how professionally the book was done and I have you to thank for a lot of that. I hope you find some peace and the beauty of your new locale. It’s a joy to have you back and all the animals, great and small, with you. Thank you for sharing. Get well soon.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      December 16, 2016 at 4:18 pm

      Thank you Susan! It was great to work with you and I loved your book – bonus! I’d love to be part of the tour too. If you have anything to zoom over by email if it’s not too late that would be fabulous! xxxxx

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        S.K. Nicholls said:
        December 16, 2016 at 9:47 pm

        Great! I will send interview complete with questions. Thanks.

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    Charles Yallowitz said:
    December 16, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Geez. Welcome back. I’m still trying to wrap my head around the rhino and laptop charger. Hope the rest of your year and all of 2017 is smoother. Must be fun living in a place like that when these kinds of events aren’t happening.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      December 16, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      It’s great to ‘see’ you again Charles! That charger thing was a bit surreal. Funny in retrospect but seriously rotten at the time. LOL Never expected to get anything swiped by anyone like that, even though by accident.

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        Charles Yallowitz said:
        December 16, 2016 at 4:28 pm

        I was wondering if it was an accident. Seemed a little odd to only take the charger, but I’ve heard of it happening before. Probably was that they were a documentary crew that threw me off.

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    Sarina said:
    December 16, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed everything I’ve read from you so far. Which in my book makes you an excellent writer, so please don’t “run and hide, and give up trying in general”. Glad to see you back here. 🙂

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      December 16, 2016 at 3:52 pm

      Thank you, and fabulous to see you again! What a lovely thing to say. No more thinking of running and hiding for me. I’m hoping to really enjoy the gift of my life from now – crazy or not. xxxxx

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    marerobster said:
    December 16, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    As crazy as this sounds, your stories of the African bush make me feel homesick for it. Hoping to be in Zambia Feb/March and experience it for myself – rainy season there then. 🙂 Where are you anyway?

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      December 16, 2016 at 3:54 pm

      When Africa creeps into your heart she never leaves. I’m in South Africa – up towards the Zimbabwe border. Lived there too for a long time. Zambia is gorgeous too – are you going to visit or stay?

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    jenanita01 said:
    December 16, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Reblogged this on Anita Dawes & Jaye Marie.

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    jenanita01 said:
    December 16, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    They say we never get more than we can handle, but wouldn’t it be nice to be left out of the loop now and again? Best wishes, Jo…

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      December 16, 2016 at 3:58 pm

      I wholeheartedly agree! I would have had a really big laugh if anyone told me what was coming this past year – couldn’t write that kind of crazy as fiction. How is everything with you? xxxxx

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        jenanita01 said:
        December 17, 2016 at 11:16 am

        This year has been a strange one for me too, still waiting to know if the cancer has really gone, and I don’t do waiting!

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    davidprosser said:
    December 16, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Lovely to see you back again and none the worse for the big wet Jo. I’m glad losing your laptop charger didn’t mean a crisis but I do hope the one who took it is reading this and returns it tout suite.
    I hope you find a place to settle permanently soon (Wales would be good) and that things take off nicely for you.
    xxx Huge Hugs and Merry Christmas xxx

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      December 16, 2016 at 4:06 pm

      My lovely David! I’m really looking forward to a big catch up with you. That guy was exclusively interested in talking about what he was doing and how widely it would be broadcast. Had some odd views on copyright and fair use too – way too top dog to be reading my little old blog – LOL! Will be zooming through looking for yours though! HUMOUNGOUS MASSIVE HUGS!!! xxxxxxx

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    Wendy Janes said:
    December 16, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Really pleased to see you back again, Jo. I’ve given your contact details to a few potential proofreading clients, and am very happy to continue to do so if you’d like me to. Sending you hugs and happiness.

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    noelleg44 said:
    December 16, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Glad you are back and your health is restored (THE most important thing). Your posts are so worth the wait, so never mind that there’s been some glitches. Can’t wait for more news – the pictures are amazing. Massive good wishes for the holiday season. Hope you get a laptop charger for a present!

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    Cynthia Reyes said:
    December 16, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Glad you are doing well, Internet outages notwithstanding. I’ve missed your posts, but the relief at knowing you are well is good.

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    D. Wallace Peach said:
    December 16, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Lovely to see you are still alive and kicking, Jo. I hope this new year is the opposite of the one we leave behind and that it brings you much joy, good health, peace, and a reliable internet connection! Happy Holidays to you. ❤

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    Mick Canning said:
    December 16, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Good to have you back. Sounds like quite an escapade.

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    mysm2000 said:
    December 16, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    And here I was thinking that you were just super busy, getting piles of work to help you find your feet again. Welcome back and so sorry you’ve been unwell and experiencing so many hurdles. Hope things smooth out now and that you have a wonderful Christmas season.

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    Let's CUT the Crap! said:
    December 16, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Whew! You’ve had a nasty time–no two wayst about it. Glad to hear you’re on the mend as are the technical headaches you’ve had to deal with. Missed you too. ❤
    The pictures are gobsmacking awesome. Wow.

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    Peter Wells aka Countingducks said:
    December 16, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    My goodness, just reading about your year was hard enough without having to actually live through it. I’m so glad that things have settled down for you a bit an I truly hope your 2017 is the blessing you have richly earned through this year now .passing

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    russtowne said:
    December 16, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    May the New Year be your best to date to help compensate for all you’ve been through in 2016. May 2017 be full of blessings and PLEASANT surprises.

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    Alexander M Zoltai said:
    December 17, 2016 at 4:12 am

    Welcome back! 🙂

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    dgkaye said:
    December 17, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Happy holidays Jo. 🙂 ❤

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    lbeth1950 said:
    December 17, 2016 at 10:42 am

    So glad to hear you. I will be emailing

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    Jean M. Cogdell said:
    December 17, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Wow! Glad to hear things are better. What an amazing place. Bet you’ll get all kinds of inspiration!

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    Terri Webster Schrandt said:
    December 17, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    Yes! Jo! I’ve been missing you. How awful to have all that happen to you, internally and externally. So glad to hear you are whole and happy and back!

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    Annika Perry said:
    December 18, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Lovely to see you back, Jo, I’ve been wondering how you were doing? The photographs really bring home how different a world you’re living from us ‘urban’ creatures – -although out in the countryside any problems are easily sorted. Wishing you a peaceful Christmas. ❤️🌲

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    patriciaruthsusan said:
    December 23, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Hi, Jo. It’s so good to hear from you again. I became embarrassingly behind in my emails again and found yours while searching through. If I was better organized it wouldn’t happen to me but I’m a work in progress. It sounds like you’ve had big difficulties way out there but things are improving for you. My internet service here in Pune has improved but is still too slow. We had a great monsoon this year so no water worries. The only problem has been the demonetization. We finally found a store that will cash Rs 2,000 notes so that’s better. There are still long lines, even inside with a check. My husband’s caregiver goes for me because of my arthritis. We all hope the money problem will clear up soon. As usual, the poor are suffering the most. Take care and I hope things continue to improve for you. All the best. 🙂 — Suzanne

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