Saturday, May 31, 2014

PitchMAS in July 2014, or, Life is a bitch.

Jessa Russo and I have thrown 3 PitchMAS contests since December 2012, and we’d planned on continuing with the December/July format. Unfortunately, my mum is ill. We’ve known about her congestive heart failure for a while, but weren’t expecting her to need surgery for a few years. Unfortunately, her health has deteriorated to the point they’ve moved her surgery up first to July, and now June. In two weeks I’ll be going over there to be with her for the open heart surgery, and to help her recover. I’ll be gone for five weeks.

Because she is in England, and I am in Canada, this is a huge upheaval at the best of times. I have no idea how much help my mum is going to need, but I know she will need a lot of care and time. I haven’t seen her in about two years, and while it will be challenging, I am glad to get to spend some time with her.

The bad news, is that this year’s PitchMAS in July is cancelled. My mum needs my full attention, and I can't split my focus on a pitch contest during this period. 

We are so sorry that we’re unable to continue as planned, but this was unexpected for all of us.

We are planning December’s PitchMAS, so please stay tuned for that. We’re sorry for any inconvenience, but we wish you well with your writing journey. There are other opportunities out there, and like I said, we will definitely be back in December for our main event. PitchMAS in July was a bonus contest, and one we intend to continue in future years.



Tamara Mataya
AKA. Feaky Snucker

14 comments:

  1. Sending all my best wishes to your mother for a speedy recovery. And strength to you for the challenge of taking care of her.

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  2. So sorry to hear about your mom. Hope she recovers quickly.

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  3. Very sorry to hear this. Hope she feels better soon. Big hugs.

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  4. My prayers to you and your family in hoping your mother has a speedy recovery.

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  5. Wishing your family well.

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  6. So sorry! Sending healing thoughts for you mum and energy for you.

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  7. I'm sending you all the good thoughts. Take care of yourself so you can take care of your mum.

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  8. Will be thinking of you and your family. I've had open heart surgery, and I know it's good to have family around. If you have any questions about the surgery or recovery before hand, I'm here. Wishing your mum an uneventful recovery and peace for you all.

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  9. Tamara, how could anyone with a conscience be upset with the fact PitchMAS needs to be cancelled for July? Family should ALWAYS come first and you are only showing what a wonderful person and loving daughter you are by being by your mother's side during this challenging time. My prayers and healing thoughts are with you and your family as you face these next fews weeks together.

    Thanks for keeping us in the loop!

    Take care,

    Donna L Martin
    www.donnalmartin.com

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  10. I'll be praying for your mom's surgery to go extremely well and forbyou to have safe travels. My mom had open heart surgery 10 years ago (five bypasses) and had a slow but full recovery. Ever wanna talk, just give me a shout on twitter and I'll sendbyou my email (as it'll be cheaper from across the pond).

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  11. Typing on my mobile. Sorry for the typos:-(

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  12. I hope everything goes well and that you will be able to enjoy spending time with your mom during her recovery!

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  13. Take care of your family. We'll still be here.

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  14. I wish you and your mom all the best. She is lucky to have you with her.

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