Friday, May 18, 2012

Hello, I Must Be Going

by Susan McBride

I've been part of the Stiletto Gang for just about four years, and it's been an absolutely wonderful experience. When Maggie asked me to guest blog in 2008, I had no idea that it would turn into a regular gig. I had once sworn I wouldn't do blogs again because it involves more time than you'd think; but she convinced me that twice a month at Stiletto was completely doable.  Oh, yeah, and she assured me the group was comprised of the nicest bunch of women you could ever hope to meet.

She was definitely on the money about the "nicest bunch of women." It has been a real pleasure dealing with such a helpful, considerate "gang," and I have so enjoyed getting to know everyone better, through emails and through the always entertaining and insightful daily blog posts. I'm not sure I'm going to miss writing my two posts a month (with Emily coming along and deadlines galore, it was getting hard coming up with fresh ideas to expound upon!); but I will miss being a Stiletto chick. Luckily, the Stiletto ladies have become friends whom I intend to bug even after I'm officially off the blog as of June 1. So I won't give them a chance to miss me!

Thanks also to my friends and dear readers who've commented on my posts through the years and who've supported me behind-the-scenes in so many ways. I feel fortunate to have connected with you through my words, and I hope to see you elsewhere, perhaps on Facebook or just via emails now and then. It is reassuring to know how many kind and caring people there are in the world when sometimes reading the daily news headlines makes me wonder how much goodness still remains.

For now, I'm looking ahead to Emily's birth in June, to October (aka Breast Cancer Awareness Month) when my HarperCollins e-book about my breast cancer experience is released [In The Pink:  How I Met the Perfect (Younger) Man, Survived Breast Cancer, and Found True Happiness After 40], to February of 2013 when my next women's fiction book for HarperCollins, The Truth About Love and Lightning is out, and so much more. Even when I try to calm things down, life feels crazy-busy, and I'd like to savor each moment as much as possible. I'm fortunate that I'll be able to stay home with Emily while I work and, when I need to get out, we've got both grandmas in town. So we're pretty well set!

My heartfelt thanks and best wishes to the ladies of the Stiletto Gang. You have made my time on this blog something special, and I will always think of it fondly. Hugs and kisses!


  1. Best of everything for you and Ed with your new baby girl. We'll miss following along on this journey with you, so come back once a while, okay?

  2. Laura, I promised Marian I'd pop in now and then to share Emily photos and tales from the new-mommy front! So to quote that great philosopher, Ah-nold, The Terminator, "I'll be back!" ;-)

  3. You will be missed, Susan. I feel fortunate that I actually have met you in person at Mayhem in the Midlands, and it has been a joy to see how you've dealt with things in your life and hearing about all the joy with your marriage and the coming birth of Emily. Definitely keep us posted--I think we all feel like aunties.

  4. Marilyn, I'm so glad I got to meet you and Hap, too, thanks to Mayhem. That was such a fun con, like seeing family every year! Thanks for cheering me on. I will give you Emily updates, for sure. And I think you ARE all her aunties. She is a lucky girl. :-)

  5. We'd better be the first ones to post baby Emily's picture! And I don't want to pay US Magazine dollars for it, either! We knew you first. :-) Thanks for being part of our family for so long; you'll always be a Stiletto girl. Maggiexo

  6. So I guess you are really serious about leaving us. Can't believe you are replacing us with a baby!

    You know - that baby is going to be a lot more trouble than we are. It's not too late to change your mind.

    Seriously, good luck with all your projects! Books and babies.

    aka The Southern Half of Evelyn David

  7. Maggie, what about People magazine dollars? ;-) I am thankful you invited me to be part of the Gang four years ago. It's been a wonderful ride!

    Rhonda, who'd of thunk I'd ever leave you all for a baby? Funny how things happen sometimes! :-D I promise to bug you every now and then so you don't forget me.

  8. You'll be missed here, but as a reader, I'm glad for Facebook. Wow, you are really going to be busy!

  9. Lil, yep, I'll still be hanging out on I'll see you there! As for being busy, I'm not sure how I can be any busier; but, you're right, it's going to happen! I always so admired my friends with kids who wrote books. Now I get to see what it's like to be one of them! Glad I know it can be done! :-)

  10. Susan, I will miss your posts here. I know you have your hands full with baby Emily on her way and you will be in my thoughts. Keep posting on FB so we can keep in touch. You are amazing! :)