Sunday, October 30, 2016

Sidebar Changes, NaNoWriMo, and other ramblings

This is probably the most boring blog on the planet these days, but here I am anyhow. I'm just writing to say hi, and that I removed several widgets from my sidebar that were either no longer relevant or no longer working. If you see any issues with the sidebar or any part of the blog, feel free to email me about it. For the record, I'm using Chrome, and it looks ok from where I'm sitting.

As you can see, NaNoWriMo has reset, and is less than 2 days away. I'm bound and determined to finish the first draft of The Children of Mossy Hollow, as well as work on The Kate Letters and a personal memoir. Between the three of them, I'll have no problem reaching the finish line. I just have to focus and get it done. I'm weak and exhausted, but otherwise I have no excuse. I've been working on The Children of Mossy Hollow since 2013. I WILL FINISH THAT DANG NOVELLA, YOU HEAR? That's me, talking to me. It will be done.

I haven't decided what I'll do about blogging next month. If I get a wild hair and want to write something that is relevant to my life (like renal clinic on the 14th), you're sure to hear from me. But I'm going to do my best to focus on NaNoWriMo. Never fear, my faithful readers, I plan to unload plenty of posts in December, especially since I need to play catch-up. It'll be real, it'll be fun, but it's probably not gonna be real fun. I'm too old and tired for that. I digress.

(My sense of humor is hanging by a thread these days. Bear with me.)

It's time to drink some potassium and lean on the sink to wash a few dishes. I'm struggling lately, but it's that time of year when the weather fluctuates so much, my body doesn't know what to do with itself. It's being a jerk right now, but I am hoping for better days ahead.

Talk to you soon.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Carpe Diem Journal: Today I Will... (10/21/16)

I managed to get every bit of this done today, in spite of my exhaustion.

I am so ready to go to bed, though, so I will talk to you later.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

I know I need to blog, but...'s hard to know where to begin. I'll spit out what I can think of at the moment, but I'm probably going to forget some things. I'll be back soon, at any rate.

My anxiety has been off the scale lately, but seems to have calmed down a little, so I'm grateful for that.

I've had to delegate my laundry to someone else. It's worth the money, even though I don't have much to give. Going to the laundromat was quite literally killing me. There are a lot of things my body can't handle in this condition, and it will never not be immensely frustrating, aggravating, stressful and every other synonym for those words out there. Mentally I'm (mostly) normal, and I just wish I could take care of myself. I'll never accept that it's not possible, and I've decided that non-acceptance is ok. It's just the way things are.

I finally visited a beautiful art gallery on Dauphin Island, and met some really nice people. I don't know if I'll ever submit any art for their approval to display, but I look forward to going back again regardless.

I attended a birthday party for a friend, where we had amazing food and played a board game (Pandemic, if you're wondering). I'm becoming a gamer again.

My baby brother Max would have been 21 years old on the 17th. He is greatly missed by all who knew him. He was a sweet baby, and I think the family still feels very robbed by the fact that we lost him to SIDS.

His name can be found on the memorial page (I don't know who put it there, but it's been there for many years).

I'm prepping for NaNoWriMo, and I intend to complete the first draft of The Children of Mossy Hollow. I've told so many people that I'm doing this, I simply must follow through. Accountability will push me to the finish line, surely. I also have several other stories in queue to work on during NaNo in hopes to make it to the expected word count, which is always 50K.

I shut down my Instagram (for now) due to the terrible algorithm. I also closed PayPal, as it was acting weird and I wasn't comfortable with it anymore. I'll pay my bills in other ways. Etsy is also closed indefinitely, and I will eventually remove the button from my website. If anyone has an inquiry about my art and crafts, they're still welcome to email me for a discussion. I am not accepting commissions, however, and I haven't for a long time.

I'm being moved to a smaller apartment, as per HUD. They haven't given me a moving date or exact location yet, but it's supposed to be within this same complex. Fingers crossed that it won't be inundated with cigarette smoke like my current apartment was. It made me very ill, and required intervention by my family, and I can't cope with the thought of going through all of that again.

Current chalkboards:

Enough said.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Quick MDA clinic update - Oct 2016

My chronic pain was acknowledged, my proximal muscles are continuing to atrophy, and there is nothing they can do to help since pain medications and exercise make me worse instead of better. Orders are to continue seeing my other doctors, take all of my medication, be mindful with my diet, avoid triggers when possible, rest rest rest, and return for documentation in one year.

Renal clinic is November 14th.

More blogging soon.