The Return Of The Errant Writings

My time of late has been taken up with hemiplegic migraines, either having them, researching them, and likewise trying to keep the stress of living with the migraines  and arthritis has been keeping me quite busy.  Some of the stress could’ve been eased if the neurologist I was seeing iinspired me with confidence.  Dr. T gave me less than ten minutes attention per visit and  never listened to a single thing I said.  After telling me to keep a daily migraine/headache journal, he glanced at it once and never mentioned it to me again.  Plus, he didn’t once talk directly to me, yet he spoke amicably to whomever was with me.  As you can probably iimagine, I have another appointment with a different neurologist iin March.

Since writing makes me happy, I have turned back to pen and paper for initial drafts because it is a relaxing act of itself.  Much to my surprise, the writing output is growing. Solmething soon may pop up on The News that may just be fictionee!  

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Just Not Feeling It

I am just going to have to admit it and get it over with.  *sigh*  I am just not feeling Christmas this year.

I’ve done everything I can think of to “get into the spirit” of Christmas, but it simply isn’t happening.  This year I went to people’s wish lists and Christmas lists on Amazon and picked from there the gifts I purchased.  I haven’t gone out to one single store this year nor even tried to get “that perfect gift”, not even for The Husband.

Normally I would have Christmas music filling the house and as soon as someone came in the house I’d be offering them hot chocolate and Christmas cookies of some sort.  I haven’t even asked for Christmas cookies this year from the grocery and I have only drunk one cup of hot chocolate so far.

There is a part of me reasoning out why the Christmas spirit isn’t present.  The reasoning is as follows:

  1. I haven’t been able to get out independently for a while now, so I’ve just gotten used to staying in the house and not going out, so therefore not seeing any Christmas decorations in the stores or anything.
  2. A lot has happened to me over the recent weeks and I am still recovering in part.
  3. Energy levels are fluctuating radically for me due to arthritis flares and migraines (thankfully the migraines are less than the arthritis flares – it is just the time of year for arthritis flares).
  4. No one around me is in the Christmas spirit or mood.

However, the inability to get out independently has been taken care of because Sniffles and Cheyenne have had a porch put on the front of the house and a ramp!  I’ve used the ramp.  I can get out.  Why don’t I?  Why haven’t I been getting out the moment I was able to do so?  There isn’t a desire to get outside and go places.  And, yes, a lot has happened with me over the past few weeks, even months, but When has something not happened to me?  I am an arthritic.  I have been an arthritic my entire life, why on earth would it begin getting to me now?  Plus, it has never bothered me people aren’t in a Christmas spirit before.  I worked hard to help them get into the Christmas spirit, and I usually always succeed.  This year I haven’t even tried, or attempted to get anyone in the Christmas mood, including ME.

Besides, it isn’t anyone else’s job to get me into the Christmas spirit of things.  As I’ve written here nearly every year, Christmas is usually a time of hope and new beginnings for me.  This year there isn’t any of this for me.  I actually feel empty.  I wish I knew what would fill the emptiness because I’d work on getting it all filled up.

One thing I know I am going to begin doing:  I am going to Church.  I am going to schedule a ride on WHEELS and I am going to Church.  I haven’t been in so long.  I am also going to get another Bible and another copy of The Ascetical Homilies of Saint Isaac the Syrian.  After Christmas, of course, because I’ve asked repeatedly for a Bible.

I actually need to have a physical copy of the Holy Bible.  I have continued reading it on my Nook, tablet, and now my husband’s tablet (more about the use of The Husband’s tablet later).  Even though I know I brought Saint Isaac with me when we moved into here, I can’t find the book!  Everyone in the house has been helping me look for it and no one can find it!  It has vanished and I feel like I’ve lost a very important mentor in my life and faith.

I am pretty sure this phase will pass.  I am hoping it will all be gone by the time Old Christmas rolls around.  *sigh*

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A Million Reasons

Lady Gaga, through the years, has won me over.  No matter what you say about her, at times, strange performance style, she has a wonderful voice and many of her lyrics are pertinent to today’s living.  However, when I heard this song for the first time on the Victoria’s Secret show, I just fell silent and listened, truly listened, like I used to when much younger and song lyrics spoke to my soul, hopes, and dreams.

“A Million Reasons” is poignant, and makes me want to listen to the rest of the album.  So,  I share the song with you.

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Heading Back Up The Hill…Again

The recent health/headache problem, I hope, is now behind us.  I’ve woken four days in a WP_20160314_19_06_50_Prorow without a headache or my head buzzing or any of the symptoms I’ve mentioned.  I am a little afraid to say the headache is finally over for purely silly superstitious reasons.  Plus, the affected limbs are coming back to normal with a lot of hard work on my own as well as with Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy.  The body isn’t as good as it was, but it is getting better, heading in the right direction, and this is all I can genuinely ask for.

On that note, I can say the words are returning and I am planning on sharing those words here on the blog, at least the first chapter or short story.

Soon you will be meeting Mildred Mary Martin and her very interesting world.  She is in her eighties and views life through experience, imagination, and something else people can’t lay their finger on.  Mildred is sometimes a pain in the ass, but she is kind hearted and is genuinely liked, if not loved by those who know her.  However, Mildred is breaking in a new nurse’s aide, and I’m just not sure Miss Pepper is ready for Mildred.  The establishment Mildred lives in and Miss Pepper works for believes if Miss Pepper can survive Mildred of the Three M’s, she can make it anywhere.

The first installment should be up this weekend or Cyber Monday.

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No Wasted Ink Writer’s Links — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

Originally posted on No Wasted Ink: As we here in America prepare for our Thanksgiving Holiday, time to get away and read a few articles might be difficult. However, I am going to tempt you with a “top ten” that might make you pour a cup of coffee and have a quick sit down. Be…

via No Wasted Ink Writer’s Links — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

This is worthwhile, so I am sharing.

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Applications Now Open for Early ‘Landrush’ .blog Domains — The Blog

For a limited time you’ll have the chance to claim your .blog name before everyone else.

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Sadly, I do not have the funds to be involved in the Early ‘Landrush’ .blog Domains but did want to share it with you in case you missed the fanfare.  I am wanting to change the domain name/address from to something different, more like or .net, if they’re available, if they aren’t, I’m not too really worried about it, and I am going to go ahead and get a domain for the knitting blog.  I just am not 100% sure what I want it to be just yet.  Still, here is some information if you didn’t have it before.  If this is redundant, I apologize and will hopefully have something more entertaining and informative for you within the next couple of days, if not sooner.


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‘Tis A Rainy Thursday

The weatherman said it was going to rain today.  Scattered rain, he said.  It is raining hither and thither in Eastern Kentucky, but not really here in the Central portion of the Commonwealth.  However, you can’t tell good old Arthritis this.  O’ no.  He is convinced it is pouring the rain and at least fifty degrees Fahrenheit.  For the first time in a number of months, my ankles and feet are painfully swollen as are my hands.  My back doesn’t like me either, and they kept me from doing physical therapy today, but not from some light loom knitting and just lounging.  Even though there was a necessity of taking some extra pain medication, it is a good day all-in-all.

I consider it a good day in that I can speak, read, see, and move for the most part.

Yesterday was a fantastic day:  I walked from the dining room to the front door and back to the dining room and the waiting wheelchair.  Although I forgot to count the steps, I was able to pick up my right leg and take a step with it and this is a vast improvement from last week when all I could do was simply drag it along for the ride.  (Last week the physical therapist demonstrated some exercises I could do in my wheelchair to help strengthen the hip muscles and other muscles in my legs, so I worked on the muscles the remainder of the week and weekend.  It paid off as you can see…er…read!)

The right arm is also improving.  Last week I could only do 10 struggling reps with it, but yesterday I did 20; and I graduated from the weakest Theraputty to the one above it, a bright yellow.  I plan on graduating to the next color in about two weeks at the latest.  I am knitting, loom knitting, working with the Theraputty, and working as hard as I can.  It is paying off physically and emotionally.

I know the novel has already had its first draft written, but I’m going to take He-Who-Doesn’t-Want-To-Be-Named’s advice and just jump into writing the second draft.  I sent him a scan of the first draft and he had good things to say about the first draft.  Really good things.  Surprising things.  He also pointed out things I’d missed.  Really BIG things I hadn’t even realized I’d missed and, of course, didn’t tell me how to fix them.  He just said, “You know where you want to go with the story, but you’re combing two totally different genres and it’s going to take some melding to make it all work.  Why not try to come at it from the other side and see how it works?  Or, you can just tell you-know-who’s story first before the scribe’s and see if that ease’s up on the pressure.”  There was more he said.  It was a lot to take in.  Some of it I didn’t agree with, or possibly I merely didn’t want to hear.  Either way, I’m going to jump in with NaNoWriMo with one of three pieces, one of which could be the scribe’s piece, and whatever is finished I’m going to work on putting on Kindle and just continuing forward with my plans.

The idea of going forward and being published still makes me nervous, but it is a good nervous.  A positive nervous.  Right now I need all the positives I can get.

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E Gads!

Last night I received an e-mail from a person I’ve gotten to know on-line over several A caligraphyyears of communication.  This person is a published author and actually offered to read my novel and give me his opinion of how it was going.

He did not pull any punches but was polite in how he said it stunk.  After he pointed out a few things I actually saw the break of good and bad.  Although I don’t want to blame the migraine on the crap of the writing, I can actually see where things changed and even how word choices began to be affected, and not in a good or positive way.

Mentor, as I will now call him, though he will probably read this and cringe (hey, you are the one who wants to remain anonymous dude!), gave me some excellent advice which, of course, I will take.  His advice is as follows:

  1. Recover.  Treat me nice for at least the remainder of October and start back to serious writing in November.
  2. Read.  Even if this means listening to books.  Reading will keep words active in my head and also work as research.  “Writers read as much as they write, maybe more so,” Mentor said.
  3. Relax with a hobby and just let my mind wander.  If it wanders to the story, great!  If not, that’s fine.  The story hasn’t gone anywhere.  The first draft, which he read, is still present and isn’t bad, but needs tightening and is a good ‘outline’.
  4. Get a notebook/journal just for the story.  When I actually begin using it I’ll explain it then.
  5. Put this draft into a trash file and label it .5  – some of the things may be useful later.  Even print it off and put it in a notebook if I want.
  6. Mentor reminded me to continue to act like a professional because no one is going to take me seriously unless I take myself seriously first.  “Just don’t take yourself too seriously and become a pompous ass, sweetheart.”

I think all of the above is pretty good advice and I am going to work on sticking to it as closely as I can.

Here is hoping everyone has a fantastic day and your writing and/or work projects are successes!

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Goodbye Traditional, Hello Indie – Results

Myths of the Mirror

Eight months ago, I started the process of canceling my traditional publishing contracts and re-releasing all my books as an indie author. My reasons for the switch were detailed in two posts Goodbye Traditional, Hello Indie(Part I) and (Part II).

The process went more smoothly than I could have imagined, and I wanted to share the results:

1. I left myself 8 months to convert 6 books. Two months per book would have been easier as I was reproofing as part of the process. The advice: Create a schedule and then give yourself extra time.

2. New covers had an instantaneous sales response. Covers do matter whether traditional or indie publishing.

3. My old reviews ALL carried over to the new books. All I had to do was ask Amazon to combine the old (publisher) and new (indie) editions leaving only the new editions visible. The same phone…

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A Correction Needs To Be Made And The Local News Isn’t Making It

Note:  This article is nothing but my thoughts, ideas, etc.  I am not affiliated with the Gay family or any news affiliate, but I do think one or two items need to be corrected about the story overall because a certain idea is being played out concerning the teenage girl which is erroneous.  If, in the future, I find I am wrong, I will post a retraction.  Until then, this post stands.

It is all over the news about Tyson Gay‘s daughter, Trinity, being killed in a drive by shooting here in Lexington, KY.   In each of the reports I’ve read on-line say something along the lines “Trinity was shot around 4am in the morning in a drive-by shooting by the Cook Out restaurant” here in Lexington.  The story circulating by the people, most of them young people, and people coming home from church yesterday afternoon was that Trinity was shot while at a picnic when two cars passed each other on the street and occupants from said cars began shooting at each other and a bullet went wild and shot the teenager in the neck.

Someone, from the talk on the street, grabbed Trinity up while someone tried to help the bleeding and rushed her to the hospital.  These people probably gave Trinity a few more hours, even minutes she may not have had otherwise.  She lasted until 5am this morning.  One consistent fact is that she did pass away around that time from several news sources, not all.

Trinity Gay was a rising star for Lafayette High School, one of my alma maters, here in Lexington in track and wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps by being a future Olympian.

One of the things bothering me about the story on the national news services is alluding this girl was out at four o’clock on Sunday morning with no reason given and was shot in a drive by.  It almost makes me feel as if there is no care being given for her because she is black.  There is nothing being said about her as a person other than she wanted to be an Olympian like her father.  If she were white, I know there would be a lot more coverage about how much her friends liked her, about how good  her grades were, or, at the very least, how kind-hearted a person she was towards animals, the elderly, something!

Could it be because her father’s Olympic medal was taken because of steroid use because he submitted all of his natural regimen to analysis and some if it was found to test positive for natural steroidal properties?  (Alas, “natural supplements” are not regulated at all, to my knowledge, here in the U.S. and they can still play havoc with those who take prescription drugs like myself.)

Why, in THE 21ST CENTURY, is there such a difference still existing between black and white, rich and poor?

(There is a picture of Trinity I could post here, but since I don’t have permission, and this is just my own ideas and musings, I’m not going to bother the family in the hour of their grief.  That would just be wrong on so many levels.)

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