I have decided that I am going to retire the blog. Getting this far through cancer, the fatigue that goes along with it, and the other health issues I have, I have had to reassess my endurance. I am making choices of how to spend my time and energy. I have decided that the energy that I have needs to be dedicated to my writing as opposed to my blogging. Hopefully, this will allow me more time and energy to get more stories and books written. I will post the occasional health update, but following on Facebook or Twitter might be the better place to follow me for those kinds of updates.
This site is in the process of becoming more of a standing website with info about my books, series reading orders, and announcements of upcoming publications.
I apologize the the regular readers of this blog, but my health has to come first and hard choices have to be made. I am still healing from my radiation treatments, and things are going well with that. I just have had a lot of time to focus on what is important and my fiction writing needs to be put ahead of weekly updates. There is the possibility of restarting the blog in the future, never say never. But for now, the focus needs to be on getting back on track with my fiction writing. Hopefully I will have more books and short stories available in the near future as I get my energy back and start to feel healthier.
I am so happy to be finished with radiation. It is so wonderful to sleep in instead of having to get up and shower at 5 AM to get ready for treatment. Not to mention the fact that I don’t miss the 30 minute drive at all. Unfortunately, the burning continues for about a week or two after treatment. So I am still battling that. But the doctor said she had never seen a radiation patient come out of treatment with as little burning as I have, so if I keep up my regimen, I should still come out the other side with very little burning. (It’s basically like a bad sunburn. But it could be so much worse.) Also, she said the fatigue continues to get worse during the same amount of time. So I am waiting for the downhill side on both of those at this point. The discomfort level is high, but the pain levels are starting to drop, so that is good.
Amos is healing well. It is still slow going. We have to keep the bandage on his foot because he can’t resist licking his toe when it is unwrapped. So we have about another week of that. But otherwise, it looks good. No more bleeding. We were wondering if the toenail would ever grow back, because we weren’t seeing much evidence of nail growth. But we looked under the hair and found about a centimeter of nail, so we are optimistic. Overall, he is much happier this week. His toe feels better and I am home every day again.
The writing streak is still intact. But I can’t wait until I can get to a point where I can raise my daily word count once again. I am just getting by with keeping the habit through the fatigue. But for now, that is enough.
Picture of the week: Amos asking for naptime.
This last week: Writing Streak = 317 days Word Count = 2000 Radiation Treatments = 20/20 Streaming Binges = Gilmore Girls; Elementary; AGT Currently Reading = Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards (My favorite book from childhood.) and The Brontes Treasury by Jane O’Neill
Between the lockdown and the new diagnosis of breast cancer, my focus has not been where I would like it to be over the last couple of months. Some of it is because I have been recovering from having three surgeries within two months, but some of is is general stress and worry about things having to do with the pandemic as well as my own personal health. Not to mention the health of my immune-suppressed husband and my recently injured service dog. But my reading and my writing have been difficult to focus on.
Happily, I have been getting some of that focus back.
As for the writing, I finished up the third short story for the Aeris trilogy this last month. On May 1 all three stories will be available together in ebook as well as paperback editions. The trilogy is called The Wild Hunt and includes Aeris Awakens, Aeris Redeemed, and the new story Priscilla Reigns all together in one volume.
A new book is now in the works, and I am actively plugging away on the writing. Hopefully it will see the light of day in June.
As far as reading goes, I have finally finished a book or two. It feels like it has been forever since I have been able to sit down and focus on a book long enough to finish reading it.
I finished one fiction and one non-fiction book. Both very good. And I would recommend both as well. Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine was the first book in months that has held my attention for more than a few minutes at a time. In fact, it held my attention for two and a half days, which is how long it took me to read it. It is the reason that I almost had a panic attack when I found out my library card had expired, because I was in the middle of reading it and without the library card, I had restricted access. I fell in love with the characters and they took me through their adventure with them. Playing the Short Game by Douglas Smith is full of great info for writers who write short fiction and want to get it published.
Anyway. I hope everyone is having a great week. Stay safe.