A Difficult Week That Isn’t So Bad

My writing life has been busy. Marketing, last minute publishing snafus, outlining, planning, my list of things to do is unending. My personal life has been busy, too. This has been a difficult week that isn’t so bad. The Good Much of the week was good. I finished creating bookmarks, images for ads, prizes for an online launch party, approved back covers, loaded paperback books into various software programs, and prepared twitter and Facebook posts. It was part of my difficult week but a planned part of launching my new book. Fellowship went live on Monday–on Amazon and a few other sites. Apple and a few other sites had delays but are up now. Sales are slow, but trickling in. (If you’d like to attend my online launch party see the post on my Facebook page.) Book two for the My Soul to Keep series is in the final planning stages. Writing will begin next week. I started planning two very different non-fiction books. My weekly visit from my grandson was full of play and reading aloud and fun. I love that he brings me books he wants to read to me. This week, I read the first chapter of Diana […]

I Can’t and It’s Okay

It’s Wednesday and time for a post. Normally I try to blog about some interesting bit of history I’ve learned in researching my books. But for the last week life has challenged me. I’ve bounced between sitting with my husband of twenty-five years at the hospital, praying that this isn’t the end of our time together, and running home three or four times a day to let my dogs out of their crates. I managed to get a tiny bit of editing done. Blog posts, newsletters, facebook, twitter, and creative writing have flitted through my thoughts but were seldom acted upon. Self-care has been a struggle. And today’s blog post? Are you kidding? I can’t and it’s okay. I’ll blog again Friday or next week. I managed a Monday blog post: Do What You Love Now. And of course you can look through any of the posts in my sidebar. My husband came home from the hospital late yesterday afternoon. He’ll have home health visits for a while which generally take my presence as well. Plus I have new caregiving duties and a ton of neglected housekeeping to catch up on. Not to mention, three little dogs who’ve been neglected […]

Do What You Love Now For Life Is Short

Have your days tip-toed past in a blur of should-do, must-do, and I can’t? Or have you grabbed each day by the horns and rode that day with gusto and enjoyed the ride? Life is too short to live days filled with nothing but shoulds and musts and can nots. Do what you love now. What? You say you’ve heard all that. You plan to do what you love…later? Let me tell you a story. Last September my husband had a cardiac event. It wasn’t his first or second or third. Heart Attack vs Cardiac Event In a heart attack, there’s a sudden blockage of an artery inside the heart. The heart muscle can’t get the oxygen it needs and it beats irregularly and inefficiently or it stops beating. In a cardiac event, one of the arteries to the heart gets more and more narrow reducing the blood flow to the heart. The symptoms come on gradually, insidiously. The heart gets twitchy—sometimes beats regularly and sometimes not. In both a heart attack and a cardiac event, doctors must open that artery back up so that the heart muscle gets the blood flow and oxygen it needs to function. Code Blue […]