Hey dude, don’t be afraid.

Photo by Alan KingWow. A month’s gone by since I blogged. Sorry. It’s just been one of those months. My good news is that the hip is healing well. Had to work hard on it and two or three weeks ago if I’d been here you would have heard me crying. But it was worth it, and now I’m very nearly as mobile as I was before the accident.

The not so good news is I’m on the edge of a possible slide into relapse. Not wishing that on myself. It’s just that I know how these things go. This is, after all, my 27th autumn with ME, and probably 25 of them have slid into winter relapses that lasted until spring, or summer, or on three occasions right through the following winter too.

So it’s there. Staring me in the face. Daring me to overdo stuff and bring it on. All I have to measure it with is my productivity. Through August and into September I was averaging 1k Space Train words per evening, 6 or 7 evenings per week. These past two weeks I’ve averaged maybe 5k per week. Only a small dip, but significant when allied with feeling generally shit in that good old ME way.

I’m not afraid. Not stupid, either, so I won’t be challenging the beast. But I’m not afraid of it. Still writing every evening that I can. Still enjoying this novel and aiming to have it finished this year.

Wish me luck! 🙂

Through the big breaking surf to blue water ahead

Photo by Kira Auf der HeideAt the end of last week I sent off my proposal to Rhonda Merwarth, my editor at Carina Press. 15 chapters (that’s 41k written and polished, which will probably constitute about 45% of the finished ms) and a 16-page synopsis. 16 pages might sound extreme, but it’s a 1-page galactic settings brief, a 9-page Book 1 synopsis, and a 4-page series outline.

Changed up the series name to make it stronger. Sky Train is now Space Train. And my proposed book titles are: Freedom in Space; Invasion from Space; Betrayal in Space; and Lovers from Space.

I’m excited about this series, and about the possibility of working with Rhonda again.

Wish me luck! 🙂

I really had to get this sub off then, because I knew our house would be Chaos City over the weekend – and it was.

D2 moved out on Friday, so two removals men were in and out all that afternoon and she, my wife, and D3 were back and forth between our place and her new one all evening after they came home from work until late. Our poor old hound dog Elvis was quietly freaked. There’s been a lot of upheaval recently from his point of view and he’s feeling very insecure. So my job was to give him lots of love and attention all that day and into the night until D3 got home properly to take over.

Yesterday, Monday, the decorators were scheduled to start work here. It’s a big job, wallpapering and/or painting the ceilings and walls and all woodwork in our big open plan living room and up the very high stairway and the landing at the top. So all weekend my wife and D3 moved furniture around to facilitate that, and then D3 also stripped the walls in the back double bedroom that D2’s two little children have shared for three years, while my wife deep washed the walls and skirting boards and now-bare floor in the other back room that has been D2’s bedroom for those three years but now going to be my study again, before those decorators arrived.

And as well as that, my wife and D3 were back and forth to D2’s new place again, because it’s lovely but had been left utterly filthy by its outgoing inhabitants.

Oh, and new carpets are bought and booked to be fitted in those two back rooms of ours as soon as the decorators finish, so the floors have to be prepared. My wife and D3 were doing that at the weekend too.

And, breathe.

Meanwhile, I caught some hideous viral thing (I think) in the week that made all my joints screech in agony. 72 hours in by Saturday evening and it was still crippling me. The stairs were impossible. I slept (yeah, right) in an armchair in the living room.

So I was bloody glad I followed my strong instinct and got that proposal done and off to Rhonda when I did!

Sunday was unpleasant. My wife and D3 emptied our big living room of everything, my mac and desk and chair into one room at the back of the house and everything else into the other. I had my study back, but only temporarily. Can close the door on paint fumes and whatever this week until the decorators are done, then will have to vacate it again while my wife prepares the room properly for the carpet fitters. The other room next door to me is just a cube of the furniture and everything else from our living room. Like a big storage container.

I tried to stay out of their way all weekend as best I could. The virus – or, at least, the BIG pain that was its only symptom I was aware of – finally retreated on Sunday, just in time for me to trip over something outside the study that hadn’t been there five minutes earlier when I passed that way, and wrench my right hip. Agony. It’s still impossibly painful and totally immobilising now, on Tuesday morning.

Anyway, I’m happy to be back in my study. It’s looking tired, but I wrote seven of my nine books in this room and it feels like home for my creative brain.

The decorators started yesterday. The entire house is upside down and getting around it with The Hip is impossible. They should finish on Friday evening. It’s just something we have to get through.

I’m shut in my (new, old) study today with two heavy doors closed between me and the paint they’ll start using on all the woodwork this afternoon. Getting on with Space Train. My wife is supplying me with food and coffee at sensible intervals.

It’s fine. I’m only crying because of my hip. 😀

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