Tuesday, August 25, 2015

No, I'm Not Dead. I'm Told That Can't Happen Without a Silver Bullet!

Let's see...I haven't posted in...two weeks? Longer? 



I do have a good excuse reason for being MIA, really. Several good reasons, actually. One, I don't like to post just to be posting. I've done too many of those already. I like to post when I actually have something to say. Lately, though, everything I say has been punctuated by a lot of groaning. I've been seeing all kinds of warnings about ibuprofen and the risk factors for stroke and heart attacks on TV and on the internet. I'd been using ibuprofen regularly (six pills a day, every day) for arthritis. But since I've already had one heart attack (a very mild one, almost fifteen years ago) and am at risk for both heart attacks and strokes, I immediately switched from ibuprofen to acetaminophen. The trouble is that the latter does absolutely nothing for arthritis, so most days I'm in constant pain and can barely walk around the apartment. 

Hard to be creative while in that much pain.


The second reason I'm behind on blog posts is that I'm working on illustrations for Sam's Story. Yes, my hands are still shaky and the arthritis makes it difficult to draw, but I found an app for my Kindle that seems to have solved my problems nicely. We'll see. I haven't shown the illustrations to the publisher yet!


And then there's reason number three: I think I might have mentioned this before, but I'm revamping my WordPress blog for something new that will probably be launched sometime next month. I'm going to post condensed versions of my upcoming novels (and maybe some of the backlist too, we'll see how that goes). The blog title and header image will change according to which book is being featured. Basic stuff--author bio, contact info, links for purchasing books, bestseller lists, reviews, etc. will run in the sidebar. It's proven to be a lot more involved (a lot more work!) than I'd anticipated.

I realize some of you have difficulties posting comments on Word Press, even though I've set my blog to accept comments from everyone (with moderation), so if you want to comment but can't do it there, feel free to post your comments here. They'll be seen--and much appreciated! And I'll be posting links here when new posts are up there.

I do hope you'll check it out!

 

20 comments:

  1. So sorry for your pain Norma but it's definitely a valid excuse. Can't wait to see your illustrations and future posts!

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  2. Sorry for your pain. I have carpal tunnel pain so I use tumeric and ginger for inflamation.

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  3. That does count as a valid reason to be blogging infrequently. I look forward to seeing the end results!

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  4. A valid reason, and a sucky thing to happen to you.

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  5. Sorry to hear about your pain. What a pain in the kazoo.
    So understand how hard it is to do any work when your in pain.
    I have given up pain pills for a few years now and it is really hard to get any work done. That is why I switched to a wheeled walker, so I don't trip, fall and break something.
    I hope you know how much I enjoy reading your blog when ever you post.

    cheers, parsnip

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  6. I'm very sorry about your pain, Norma.

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  7. I've been wondering if you were ill because I have missed seeing you posting on FB as much as you usually do. I'm sorry you're going through this.

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  8. Eve: You're the one who gave me the idea for doing the illustrations using an app on my Kindle for adapting my critter photos.

    Shelly: I wonder if that would work for arthritis?

    William: I hope it works!

    Mark: Sucky is the word!

    Gayle: How do you deal with it? Collin and I went to McDonald's the
    other day, and had to leave because sitting in the booth was too painful.

    Lynn: Thanks. Getting old sucks!

    Cheryl: Thank you...I'm trying to do more, but some days are worse than others.

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  9. I'm so sorry about the arthritis. It is a horrible,, horrible disease. Is Aleve also Ibuprofen? That helped Lanny up until the last six months. Yes, I'll read your new blogs.

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  10. Pain is a constant companion. Some days are better than others.
    But as I am moving less, I will have to see what the doctor and I can do about it. I see her on Monday.
    I am getting more and more house bound. I don't want to move.

    cheers, parsnip

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  11. Mari: Aleve is naproxen, also an NSAID. Thanks.

    Gayle: I know that feeling. Most of the time, I don't want to leave the apartment!

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  12. So sorry to hear the arthritis is giving you much grief Norma, I get a lot of migraines, especially lately with all the stress of the accident but I think the constant ache of arthritis must be really hard to bear, especially if your medication isn't working effectively. I take my hat off to you for persevering with the illustrations, can't wait to see them. I'll be keeping my eyes open for your upcoming posts. Happy weekend.

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    1. Thanks, Grace. It's like being between the proverbial rock and hard place. If the disease doesn't kill you, the cure will!

      I'm sorry to hear the stress of all you and your family have been through is causing physical pain as well. I'm keeping you in my prayers.

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  13. So sorry to hear the arthritis is giving you much grief Norma, I get a lot of migraines, especially lately with all the stress of the accident but I think the constant ache of arthritis must be really hard to bear, especially if your medication isn't working effectively. I take my hat off to you for persevering with the illustrations, can't wait to see them. I'll be keeping my eyes open for your upcoming posts. Happy weekend.

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  14. So sorry to hear the arthritis is giving you much grief Norma, I get a lot of migraines, especially lately with all the stress of the accident but I think the constant ache of arthritis must be really hard to bear, especially if your medication isn't working effectively. I take my hat off to you for persevering with the illustrations, can't wait to see them. I'll be keeping my eyes open for your upcoming posts. Happy weekend.

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  15. I'm sorry about the arthritis... but I am looking forward to seeing what you are cooking up!

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  16. My husband has said that last sign pretty much every day. In fact, when he's not in pain, it's a big surprise to him.
    I'm in your camp, Norma. I don't feel like posting, I'm not gonna... like today. Just don't feel like it.
    Hope work goes well for you, though. Good luck!

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  17. Hilary: I hope I don't disappoint anyone!

    Lorelei: I don't think we do ourselves or our followers any favors by posting just to have something there. Pretty soon, they get bored, we get bored....

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  18. I'm very sorry to hear about your pain Norma, but I'm looking forward to seeing what you're cooking up.

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