And, on the plus, I'm thrilled so many love my blogging. I'm sorry that newer readers either don't like Betinna or don't want to give her a chance but message is received in the last two days of e-mails.
For those who love Betinna (I do), I'm doing one chapter a week in Sunday's El Spirito. Thanks to Maria, Miguel and Francisco for saying they would gladly take the chapters each week. So Betinna continues but not here.
I am a little hurt because I do think Betinna's great. And I do feel like if that didn't come across it was a huge glaring fault on my part. I didn't write her right or I spent too much time trying to set up the new events.
But I blew it and I can own that. I'm not happy about it, but I can own it.
And, as I pointed out, the plus is that my blogging is liked. It could have just been, "Later!" Instead people missed me and that's really a positive thing.
Again, I take the blame for forcing Betinna off on people. My old readers know her from back in the day. Newer readers have no idea who she is. I obviously didn't reintroduce her correctly. I will take the blame.
If you do enjoy reading my blogging, I'd like to ask one favor, please consider giving Betinna a chance in El Spirito. I'll be moving quicker and I'm not going to do backstory (because I obviously failed at that here). In Sunday's chapter, you'll find out that more took place with Miko than nursing back to health. You'll also find out about Miko (the name was a tip-off as Marty caught in his e-mail). And Betinna and Thomas Friedman's paths will cross. All in the chapter for Sunday's El Spirito.
And two more things that I truly am thankful for. First, so many of you told me honestly how you felt. Second, that you thought you could be so honest. I'm thankful for both of those things.
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