So sorry to hear about your mother. It is always hard to say goodbye. It sounds like she had a long life and went peacefully. A blessing.
I too have been quiet in the group too long. I wrote a long response here and hit some key accidently, and it disappeared. My vision is very bad, so that is what is happening to me all time. I type and then have to go back and fix every word. Or I hit a wrong key. I am seeing double and everything is blurry. Makes critiquing hard.
But I am not giving up. I now have a dear friend who reads through and edits the worse stuff out for me. I am almost done my third historical and completed a short story for Hearts Through History’s Anthology. You will see both of them soon.
My apologies to everyone. I will catch up on my backload of subs as soon as I can. Zara