november nano

Two Days And Counting!!!

NaNo is just about here! Two days (roughly) go. I have a synopsis written and part of an outline. I only know how part of this story is going to unfold. That’s part of the fun though, discovering how your story will unfold as you write it.

Feeling pretty tired today, but still remaining optimistic. Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue can sure put a crimp in things. Regardless, I am going to do my best on my good days and on my bad days, give myself a break. After all, NaNo is supposed to be fun. I just have to remind myself of that and not get stressed out if I fall behind. Will do what I can and see how God works.

How are you doing on your preparations?

Do you have a chronic illness that impedes your writing? How do you handle it? Do you try to stay optimistic through the NaNo month?

Best of luck to everyone in during your preparations!

 

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General Updates

Voice4Society Article & General Update

It has been a while since I have posted any updates. It is hard keeping up with blog posts and getting to write due to the chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. But today is one of my “wired-but-tired” days. Funny how your body can feel so revved up, but yet still feel so exhausted.

Anyway, I have finished an article earlier this week “The Story of Esther” for the Voice4Society blog. It has not been posted yet but when it is I will be sharing the link with you.

I have several articles I am planning to write but I am struggling to decide whether to publish them through the Yahoo Contributor Network, or go through magazines instead. My husband says I keep putting “the cart before the horse” , or worrying about where I am going to publish before I even have an article done. He says I should write first and then think about where I am going to publish and I know he says that because he is looking out for me. I am often so exhausted that thinking about publishing zaps what energy I have and then I am unable to write.

I am learning that with CFS/Fibromyalgia, I must think of things and do things a little differently if I am going to accomplish anything, let alone writing. There are many days I wish I had someone to manage the whole marketing and publicity thing for me. Just let me write and “here, you mange the rest”. But, I have no extra money to pay anyone so, I must spread things out do some writing here, and marketing/social networking there. It’s a lot to take for an Indie Author and you don’t have to have CFS/Fibro or a medical condition to feel how overwhelming it can be.

I am not giving up, however. I am not the kind of person to give in or give up. Life itself is full of challenges and facing them with God by my side is how I manage. Learning my limitations and sticking with them has been tough, but I am getting there and finding that when I work within the limitations I can do efficient work on my “good” days. I am learning it is not all about the quantity of what you can get done in a day, but the quality of what you finish and that you feel good about it.

Funny how you go on and talking about something you hadn’t intended to. Guess I felt, for some reason, I should. I know I am not the only author out there who has CFS and/or Fibromyalgia. Laura Hillenbrand has CFS too. (She is the author of Seabiscuit and Unbroken.) She has inspired me to keep on trying, and perhaps, as I started writing and all this CFS/Fibro stuff came out, I felt I could inspire someone too.

So now I am off to venture in some writing. Where the path may lead, we shall see!

 

General Updates

Recovery

I sit here in a quiet house, everyone asleep, and the clock is about to tick midnight, Ah and so it did, On February 28th, I had surgery on my left hand for severe carpal tunnel syndrome. My hand is healing nicely and only have pain once in a while or if I accidently stretch my hand and pull the stitches.

On Thursday I get the stitches removed and then I’ll find out what comes after that.

It has been a challenge typing one-handed and things take longer to get done. It was frustrating at first, but I have learned to be patient with myself, as well as reminding myself that this is temporary.

Not sure when I’ll be back to writing regularly, but I will keep you all updated! So thankful God made me ambidextrous. I don’t know what I would do if I wasn’t.

My best to all and God bless!

 

General Updates

On Vacation — Well Recovery

I just wanted to write and let everyone know that tomorrow I will be having surgery on my left wrist for carpal tunnel issues and so may not be posting anything for a while.  I didn’t want anyone to think I just disappeared or forgotten my readers. Nope! Still here, just will be in recovery phase for a few weeks and then back to writing which will be great. Maybe I’ll actually be able to feel the pen in my hand and the keys of the keyboard under my fingers a little better. lol.

Well, off to get a snack and then do what I can today because after surgery tomorrow morning, I won’t be able to do much for the next few weeks. Good time to get some reading done!

God bless!

Camp NaNoWriMo

Camp NaNo Day #23

 

Here I am on the 23rd of Camp NaNo. It’s just after midnight here on the east coast of the U.S. My mind things of the story I should be writing, but my stomach is yelling it’s monstrous voice to feed it, and my eyes and mind are screaming “Let me sleep, PLEASE!” Oh, what to do  in moments like these, knowing you must press on to meet that deadline? Knowing the next chapter you are about to write is going to be hard, but knowing it will lead to a published work someday that will prayerfully help at least one person in the world.

My desire and my heart want to continue on, but I am afraid I must call it a night. Get a snack to quiet the beast in my gut and close my eyes to end the constant straining to keep them open and rest my mind so that tomorrow…or should I say later today…I’ll be able to do more writing and make more progress on my book than before.

Ah, sleep is a friend and I know I must relinquish to it. But it is hard when the words come and with them feelings and dialogue…all plays in the sleeping mind, waiting, wanting, yearning to be written for other eyes to see. By I must quiet the mind with prayer and let God take over my sleepy body and ease me into a restful sleep.

Camp NaNo day #23 continues….much later today. 🙂 Night all!

 

General Updates

Reading and Research

I have been seriously re-thinking about my book Secret Anguish: Journey to Better Health. The book is almost complete. It is in it’s second draft, but I have been doing some research on two areas:

Insulin resistance and the insulin resistant diet

and

being a highly sensitive person.

 

The book covers other areas such as post traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, grief, food allergies, environmental allergies, asthma, gluten intolerance, and I think a couple other things.

Now I have a lot of reading and research to do which means a lot of notes. I am not sure how I want to incorporate all of this into a book. It seems like a lot of information but I feel strongly my story needs to be told. If I can help one other person in this world besides myself from what I have been through and learned, then great! I can’t wait to help that person and encourage him or her.

So this is my task as of lately. I’ll get back to in a bit with all of the names of the books I am reading so you can read them for yourself if you’d like.