Samara O'Shea

The Foreseeable Future

I had every intention of blogging more regularly when I last wrote in July…then my summer class began and I wondered what I was thinking. Summer classes are accelerated—six weeks instead of twelve. Alas, I continue to enjoy school and, as a result, blogging will continue to be sporadic. I do plan to take reader Anna’s excellent advice and turn a section or two that didn’t make it into the book into a blog post. There is one large section that we cut, and I’m hoping to whittle it down and submit it to The Huffington Post.

The one thing that I now know I must stop, unfortunately, is the letter-writing service. For the firts half of the year I had an away message sent to anyone requesting a letter that said something like, “Taking a break…be back in June.” June became July. July is now August and I know it’s something I won’t have time to do for the foreseeable future. I am so glad that I did do it and continue to be amazed that people trusted me with their stories. Being a therapist really began for me when I was hearing those personal tales and writing those letters. I am sad to stop. This is the response letter requesters will now receive:

Dear Friend,

Thank you for contacting LetterLover. I have been blessed with the opportunity to write letters on behalf of others for eight years. Unfortunately, it is time to close up shop. I am currently pursuing a master’s degree and getting ready to promote my next book (out in February 2014). I cannot dedicate myself to this wonderful craft the way I once did. I hope that you will still write and send the letter you had planned to ask for my help with. The recipient will surely appreciate your effort!

I may re-start my services someday, but at this point I cannot tell when that might be. I am grateful that you stopped by and wish you all the best.

Warmest regards,