Sunday, February 23, 2014

Quick Update

Things have been bad here, and I still have a long way to go, but I'm finally starting to see a light in this tunnel of hell.

Really appreciate my aunts and my uncle bringing me food and meds while I'm stuck in bed. I've lost 6 lbs from being so ill, but I'm thankfully keeping a little bit of food down now. Still bedbound, partially paralyzed, and have the other symptoms going on, but hopefully it will all pass soon. I've been sick in bed 50% of 2014 so far, and that statistic sucks.

Thanks to those who sent messages and checked on me.

Better days ahead...I'm sure of it.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

I am very, very ill. Thoughts and prayers appreciated.

Sunday, February 9, 2014


Now in bed with either the flu or a respiratory infection.
Fever, chills, coughing, the whole miserable nine yards.
Winter can kiss my aching butt.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

NaNoWriMo 2013 Writing Project(s) Update

Currently awaiting a cover illustration for "Four", a short story about a sports phenomenon whose success is fueled by a dark secret.

Stories that I hope to complete by 2015:

The Lost Children - Tragedy separates a large Gulf Coast family during the Great Depression. Inspired by a true story.

The Kate Letters - A troubled high school senior is given a handcrafted box that contains letters from another era.

Once Upon A Night - A timid boy encounters the town legend, who happens to be a lake monster in need of a hero.

I'll keep interested readers posted.

Monday, February 3, 2014

2014 Goal: New Design and Post on Thoughts & Theories

I'll be working on new templates for my blogs this year. If you recall, it is one of my 2014 resolutions. I decided to start with Thoughts & Theories, and I look forward to catching up on content as well...I'm pretty far behind there.

I wrote about the outrage concerning Coca-Cola's Super Bowl commercial. As always, feel free to read it at your own risk.

I have a lot going on, but I'll be back soon with a proper update.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Many Thanks To My Readers

I was talking with a friend today about the history of my website. I've been "ugottafriend" for many years. I started out on Yahoo Geocities, and eventually Yahoo Webhosting. In spite of the upgrade and the fact that I had a few pretty cool pages back then (the biggest one being a baby name listing), I only achieved about 8500 hits over a period of 5 years. Then the entire site crashed, and I had to start all over. I decided to do so a few years later, in 2008, via Google Blogger. I set up a few generic pages, and I eventually registered the domain

Fast-forward another five years, and the number of hits on my site is more than 10 times what it once was. I reached 100,000 this week. For someone who has no giveaways, paid reviews, or other endorsements, no kids or pets to dote over, absolutely no advertisements or salesmanship, a complete lack of organization, little HTML knowledge and basic templates, I find it pretty remarkable that people from all over the world even bother to give me a minute or two of their time. I'm just another face in the crowd, but this outlet gives me the voice that I've been searching for all my life, and I am humbled that anyone cares enough to hear it.

I'm not worthy, but I am grateful. Thanks.