I’m Alive!

Well, hello darlings! Guess who’s still alive? 🙂

The past week and a half has been pretty crazy. On last the 12th I learned that a dear, dear friend had passed away. It was known to his family that his time was short and he was able to get his affairs in order, but it was still devastating to say goodbye to such a bright, kind soul. Two days later I went to his wake and hugged his widow, who stood strong and beautiful as he lay in his casket, handsomely decked in Army greens and service medals.

The next day I had an appointment with my psychologist that did not help my grieving process, to the point that I pushed away the topic entirely, and am waiting a whole month to see her again. I left feeling disappointed, unheard and heartbroken. By the time Thursday rolled around – when I planned to post the next update of Lightrunners – I was too unfocused to give the chapter the time it deserved.

Grief tends to have tamper with my creativity in one of two ways, either or I can use writing to push through or it has to be set aside while I heal. This time I allowed myself to take some time to grieve, because I knew pushing forward would only result in lackluster work.

That Friday I went to my brother’s house for my first swim of the summer in his pool … and came out three hours later with severe sunburn. It developed (along with hormones – thank you biology) into both my legs from toes to thighs and my right (dominate, of course) arm swelling to the point I couldn’t move without help. Healing my body has involved being camped out on the couch with my legs up, drinking as much liquids as I can stand, taking regular doses of Advil and slathering myself in aloe vera cream.

Which brings me to today. My hope is that by the end of this week I’ll be through the worst of it. But that means I won’t be updating Lightrunners again. Which sucks, because I don’t like making anyone wait too long. But! Hopefully I’ll be making it up to you because I think chapter three is going to be real doozy. Probably a few thousand words by the time it’s done, it’ll be introducing Hughie’s beloved Aunt Frankie and Uncle Grover, as well as more of the character’s backstories all round. So I fully intend to make it worth the wait.

Thank you so much for your patience and understanding while I get healed up. I’m looking to getting back to writing as soon as I can! 😀

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6 Responses so far.

  1. No worries! I plan on emailing you this evening. 🙂

  2. Owen O'Neill says:

    Sorry I missed your reply. We do need beta readers. Do you like military sci-fi with shades of romance, some sex, lots of politics, more gory details about planning than in the action and main character who probably ought to come with trigger warnings?

    If so, go head and email me.

  3. Congrats on the book progress, glad to hear it’s going well. If I can ever help by being a beta-reader or anything, please let me know!

  4. Owen O'Neill says:

    Glad to hear it! Plugging away at the fourth book. That’s going pretty well at the moment.

    Thanks for asking!

  5. One thing after the other indeed. 🙂 Thanks for the kind words. I’m feeling much better and I hope you’re doing well!

  6. Owen O'Neill says:

    Glads to hear you are alive and sorry to hear about all the troubles. Sometimes, it’s just one thing after another. Rest and heal. Other stuff can wait and so can we.