Friday, November 30, 2012

A new writing venture

(Above: "The Cavern", Drakensberg resort)

Dear friends,

Welcome to my very personal blog!  You are here because you have been invited to walk my personal path with me. You have been invited because I consider you to be a 'friend', an encourager and a source of strength in my life's journey.  

I have recently returned from a short break to "The Cavern" - a resort nestled in the heart of the beautiful Natal Drakensberg mountains.  We were only away for three days.  During this time I decided to take up a friend's suggestion  (Thank you, Fran!) to start a new, more private blog - away from the scrutiny of the general public.

Recent events have necessitated that I withdraw from my activities in cyberspace and hope that this more personal blog will allow me to take over from where I left off. I am hoping for more freedom (and relative privacy) with my writing.  Although this blog is public, it is not listed on any search engines, so hopefully will only be discovered by me inviting you to my link. You can, however, still 'follow' this blog. You are one of my special friends, and very important to me, so please interact with me.

My relationship with blogging and cyberspace is integral to the person that I have become in recent years.  The publication of Maxdog, has had a huge impact on me.  Many people may not understand that it hasn't all been positive. I have had an uphill battle with my publishers and my relationship with them has now been terminated. I am not one for conflict, so this has really rattled me in a big way.  It also resulted in me becoming a lot more socio-phobic and withdrawing to some extent from the world at large.  My freedom to write, in general, has also been compromised. This is sad, because I am a person who generally writes emotionally and unpretentiously. I have always sought to 'share, care and uplift' in amidst my own personal struggles.

My response to the action of my publishers has been to shape this blog - so that I can continue my relationship with my special cyber-buddies on a more personal level and in a manner which I consider authentic .I am going to be getting back to basics and simple writing - away from the 'general' public eye. 

This blog is open to the special people who have supported me over the years.   'Living Life to the Max' remains a public domain, but my activities there are going to be limited to what is of general, very 'public' interest. Indeed, without this blog (here), I may have withdrawn altogether from blogging.  I am hoping that this will be the answer to my unease with publicity, and will provide new inspiration to write and share. 

Thank you for being my friends!  And thank you for supporting me all these years. I love and appreciate you immensely.
With love,


  1. Testing, testing!

    We think we are first! xx

  2. Looking forward to see how this new venture develops.
    All the best,

  3. Thank you for the invite we look forward to a new endeavor.

    Sheila & Bob

  4. Carol we just love you to pieces and look forward to reading your new blog! Joey and Kealani are sending lots of hugs to you!!!!!!! Thank you for including us, we feel special!!!
    Hugs, Valerie

  5. I am so glad you are continuing to write and continuing to blog, and look forward to your posts.


  6. Caryl, I'm so glad to be your friend! Recently Susan at Between Naps on the Porch had a post about bloggers who became authors. She listed some that she knew of and asked for feedback on others. I left a comment about you and a link to your Max blog and your Toby blog. You may have gotten some positive traffic there. I hope so.
    One thing I want to say is that even though there have been some negatives with "Maxdog," I feel you should be VERY, VERY proud of yourself. You have accomplished a work that will live wrote a book! What an amazing accomplishment! Be proud, Caryl. "You done good!"
    Hugs, Beth

  7. Happy to be on the invitiation list.

    Mango Momma

  8. It is so very sad that you had to 'move'.

  9. Caryl, thank-you for letting me know about your new blog. I really feel badly that things with your precious book have not been all positive. However, I've no doubt that all the good that what is within the cover of your book and all the love and energy that you have put into it will outshine everything else. You have an amazing gift and talent that needs to be nurtured, and as you continue to do just that, I will be here cheering you on from my corner of the world!

  10. I am honoured to have got the invite. I will follow your new blog and am happy to counted as a friend. I loved Maxdog and am unhappy for you that you suffered with the publisher. Onwards and upwards dear Caryl and glad you are continuing.. Hugs Carol and GJ x

  11. Thank you for taking the time to invite me! I hope you can feel free with this new blog- and be able to share with us- what ever is on your mind.
    love tweedles

  12. Caryl,

    We are honored to share your journey. Thank you. :)

    Janelle, Maggie Mae and Max

  13. Hello, Caryl,

    Thank you for inviting us to be here and we look forward to continue sharing our life stories with you. Your posts always leaves a good feeling in our hearts and we know if will be the same here in this new blog.

    Lots of love,
    Piappies Mom and Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Max, Wai-Pai & Forgie

  14. Caryl, thank you so much for allowing me to follow you. I have so missed your posts, your humor and your honesty. It is good to have you back in my world!!

  15. I'm so glad you let me know where you have been writing. I had been wondering why things had been so quiet on the other blog and now I know. Thanks for letting me come along on this adventure.


  16. We are glad you will keep writing. ...and again, thank you for letting us be a part of this new endeavor.