You are reading the 160th blog post that I’ve written during the three years since I launched Paradise Diaries on June 1, 2013.
Thousands and thousands of page visits have been recorded since I established my web site. Google Analytics identifies my readers as coming from distances as far away and as diverse as Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Philippines, Kenya, Ecuador and Vietnam. The largest plurality of my readers is the 25-to-34-age group. And most are male—by 54 percent to 46 percent.
But it might be some time before I post my next blog.
In addition to the Paradise Diaries essays, I also write about the Catholic Church’s Year of Mercy that’s been under way since last autumn. I write a weekly reflection about the various aspects of mercy. They appear in numerous parish bulletins and diocesan newspapers in this country and Canada. They also run each week in RENEW (http://blog.renewintl.org), the online publication of a lay organization whose ministry services touch the lives of 25 million people in this country and in 23 countries outside the U.S. I will continue posting these through the end of the Year of Mercy in November. So if you want to read me each week, try my Mercy blog posts at http://www.peterwyaremko.com/mercy.
Then there are the corporate clients who keep me busy. I write for a $100M software company in Silicon Valley, an $850M analytics firm on Long Island and the world’s largest reinsurer, with premiums of $41B.
During the last two years, I have also brought two books to publication through my own Pamet River Books imprint:
- An e-book titled A Light from Within (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00R3SF200)
- And a paperback titled Fat Guy in a Fat Boat ((http://www.amazon.com/Fat-Guy-Boat-Peter-Yaremko/dp/0990905012/)
And there are three more books being held captive in my laptop that are crying to be released. I’ve been working with my editors to finalize them:
- A novella, titled Charming Billy
- A novel, titled Little Flower: A Killing on Cape Cod
- A still-untitled collection of 100 essays that draw on my blog posts
Four more books are started, but not yet near completion.
For the last few months I’ve found that preparing a weekly blog post is consuming more time than I have at my disposal—if I want each essay to be fully researched, well thought-out and compellingly written.
I think, too, that my wife’s death in December has left me with an empty space in my heart, but a plate overflowing with tasks she used to handle—like wasting hours on 1-800 calls with India.
So while I turn to my books and get them out the door this year, there will be a hiatus. Just as the word is defined: a pause or gap in a sequence or series.
It won’t be a total blog blackout. I will post as time permits—just not every Saturday morning like clockwork, as I have since 2013.
So thank you, Gentle Readers, for being such a companionable audience and for your many comments that have made writing Paradise Diaries a joy.
Talk to you soon . . .
Read Fat Guy in a Fat Boat, in print or Kindle from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Fat-Guy-Boat-Peter-Yaremko/dp/0990905012/
Also available is my e-book, A Light from Within, about the small moments of our lives that seem commonplace until they are examined under a creative lens.
- Amazon (Kindle): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00R3SF200
- iBooks (iPad): https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/a-light-from-within/id950880424?mt=11
- Barnes & Noble (Nook): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-light-from-within-peter-w-yaremko/1120862902?ean=9780990905004
And my weekly reflection on each Sunday of the Jubilee Year of Mercy can be found at: http://www.peterwyaremko.com/mercy