Gallstones and Coloring Books


Much as I tire of reporting tough days, I’m afraid I have more to report.  We ended up having to euthanize our Weimaraner on Friday morning.  For several months, he had been doing better, giving us hope, but he declined quickly Thursday morning to being unable to eat or walk.  We had him for seven years, so we are all very upset.

Also, I had to say goodbye to him very early Friday morning, without even knowing if the vet would recommend euthanasia.   I had an appointment with a gastroenterologist in Manhattan on Friday that took several weeks to schedule, so I could not reschedule.  After many hours of testing, the diagnosis is gallstones.  I have to call a surgeon tomorrow to schedule surgery.  The diagnosis is unwelcome, but not unexpected, and it does help to have an end in sight.

On a positive note, I stayed in New York overnight so that I could help out on Saturday in the exhibit area at the Writer’s Digest conference.  Rachel Funk Heller was in town for the conference, and I helped cover her table on the Writer’s Coloring Book. It was a delight to meet her in person, to talk to people about the Coloring Book, and to have Rachel spinning plots for my next, oh, four or five books or so!  I also saw Gabriela Pereira of DIY MFA, with whom I’ve spoken on the phone so many times, but had never met in person.  I had a lot of fun, even as tired as I was. I was too late to register for the conference, but I plan to do so next year.

I haven’t gotten much written these last few days, although I did manage a few blog visits and replies to comments.  I’m starting to feel a little better all the poking and prodding from the testing on Friday, so I hope to get back to normal tomorrow.

I hope all is going well with everyone on their goals. Please go visit around the other ROWers, whom you can find here.  Encourage as you can, share strategies, make friends.  It is a wonderful community.

If you are unfamiliar with a Round of Words, or ROW80, click here to read more about it from the creator of the challenge, Kait Nolan. It is a writing challenge that “knows you have a life.” Its flexibility is often helpful.

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ROW80 Check-in Retrenching

Last week was not productive, but I’m trying not to feel guilty.  I had to reschedule a lot of day job things due to my mother-in-law’s funeral, and they all came home to roost this past week.  I found myself intellectually drained, sleeping a lot, and doing nothing more than reading when I could stay awake.

I have been putting up funny dog videos on my main blog, which you might enjoy, but they don’t really count as posts.

One hour writing the academic article du jour every day. No. I spent two hours working out a schedule that has some chance of becoming a habit, I hope.

Morning Pages three times a week. Despite my hope, nothing has been written down.  I feel I’m closer, but not there yet.

As a sponsor, I will visit my assigned blogs twice a week. Sad to say, I read all of the blog posts, but found myself unable to leaving  comments, feeling I had no wise words to give.  I have scheduled some time this week, and hope to catch up.

I will reply to all comments on my blogs within 2 days. See above.  Sadly, I’m adrift, but I hope to pick up the oars this week.

One non-blog related post per week on Facebook and Twitter. Nope.

One share, re-tweet, whatnot per week on Facebook and Twitter. Nope.

One hour three times a week going through electronic files–rename, delete, archive. Yes, one thing I got done.  Luckily, one can do this without any visible thought.

Walk 10 minutes a day. I don’t know why it took me forever to figure this out, but I walk ten minutes from my parking space to my office twice a day.  D’oh!  I will try to add another ten minutes sometime during the day. My husband and I walked to a local restaurant on Saturday, so that was about ten minutes each way.

Family day, no working and time with family, one day per week.  Yesterday was my husband’s birthday, so it was a good opportunity to make it a family day.  We didn’t do a lot, other than go out to dinner, mentioned above, but it was a welcome break.

Update Goodreads with one title each week. Maybe later this week–I got a new phone, so I do now have the app on that, and that may help with this goal. I read several works by ROW80 and WANA authors, so I want to support them with reviews.

List and report on what I’m reading at one check-in a week.

Forged by Magic: Origins, Angela Orlowski-Peart

Brighid’s Cross, Cate Morgan

By Possession, Madeline Hunter

By Arrangement, Madeline Hunter

The Sins of the Father, C. B. Hunley

And samples:

Devil’s Dime, Bailey Bristol

Maiden Flight, Vita Tugwell

As always, please visit and encourage other ROWers.  It is a wonderful community. Go see for yourself here.