My health news

Photo by Kevin GoodrichLast week I had my 30-minute annual diabetes check. Last year, the practice nurse was lovely. I hoped it would be the same one last week, because before her it was a nasty old battleaxe who clearly despised all type 2 diabetes sufferers, didn’t know or care that mine is steroid-induced, and made me feel so horrible I didn’t go back for two years. I think she might have retired. Haven’t seen her around for a good while. One lives in hope.

Anyway, last week it was a different nurse again, but she was just as lovely as the one last year. Unfortunately, the news wasn’t. Lovely, that is.

My condition is invisible and there’s little room for improvement in my personal management, so we’re talking new drugs added to the existing cocktail with the inevitable side effects, and with insulin injections now part of the discussion if these drugs don’t bring things back from the dangerous place they’ve reached in this past year.

Oh well.

On a happier note, I’m pleased to report that Gabapentin, a new (to me) drug my GP started me on two weeks ago to help me sleep at night and so with a bit of luck ease my chronic pain from ME and arthritis, appears to be working. At least for the sleep thing. I’m getting a regular four or five hours per night now. It’s like being human again.

If I continue to tolerate it and can increase the dosage gradually, we hope it might actually reduce my brain’s pain reception. But even if that doesn’t happen, the good sleep is enabling me to write more regularly.

I’m so hopeful about this (perhaps naively so but I can’t help grasping at this straw) that I talked with another author over the weekend about maybe co-writing something exciting. We’ll talk again in September when our calendars are more clear.

God, I hope I’m not setting myself up for a big disappointment with this.

Wish good things for me, please. 🙂

My good writing news

Photo by Jez TimmsMy writing news is good. The “difficult and significant” chapter, where Sky Train has been paused for a year or more while I was too ill to write, is now written.

It turned out to be not difficult at all, because once I got into it I realised nearly all the significant stuff needed to be written into earlier parts of the book. A whole lot of it in a brand new Chapter 2 and other bits and pieces in new scenes I inserted throughout the existing 32k. Two weekends and a few late weekday nights later, it’s now at 40k and I’m chomping at the bit to write the rest of this reinvigorated story. Won’t be fast, because I’m still ill, but I’ve recovered sufficiently to write again and that’s what I’m doing.

My Yay! isn’t even slightly cautious. 🙂

Grabbing a quick breath of clarity

Maps (photo by Andrew Neel)Still in relapse. It’s two months since the kids brought the flu home – “There ya go, Grandad!” – from their first week at school and that flu’s been gone for, I dunno, six weeks, so I really can’t avoid calling this a relapse.

“Sleeping” around the clock, big muscles and joints pain, and recurring infections that hurt horribly and give some cause for concern. Had to cancel a blood test this week because I couldn’t possibly get to the doctors. Couldn’t even get dressed properly, never mind make it down our front steps to the taxi. Didn’t reschedule the appointment. Pointless until I surface a bit.

So no writing. No creative thoughts. No worries. Too sick to worry.

Not even concerned that sales of my two 2016 indie novels have flatlined on zero for the past 28 days. That isn’t something I can do anything about, so… whatever.

Had intended to publish my SFF Collection before Christmas, but that’s in the same category as the flatlined sales. Out of sight beyond any possible control of mine.

Same thing with my two returned-to-me novels Gifted and A Flight of Thieves. Even if I don’t get to write another book in my life (which I don’t think will be the case, but for the sake of argument…) I want to release/re-release those three titles because at the moment my Books page shows only four titles available for purchase.

Want to get that back up to seven. That’s my mission as soon as I can sit up and think straight for more than ten minutes at a time.

Then there’s Sky Train. Sigh. That’s a bloody good story and I’m determined to get back to writing it.

Also a short UF novella I’m halfway through writing, with its end-of-December deadline. It’s good too, and I’d like to get into that anthology.

You know what? I’m woozy and exhausted after writing this, but it’s the best clarity I’ve enjoyed all week. I’ll end on that happy note. 🙂

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