Things are improving for me. I was able to keep my book signing date for Moonbeams and Ashes at Always Buying Books. The turnout was overwhelming. I saw so many wonderful people, some of whom I hadn’t seen in years, and I sold quite a few books. If you missed the signing and would like to purchase my book, it’s available at Always Buying Books in Joplin, Missouri or on Amazon.com.
Author S.V. Farnsworth and I at my book signing at Always Buying Books
Even though I wasn’t feeling 100% and my voice wasn’t strong, everyone seemed to have fun. I would like to thank Bob and Alyse from Always Buying Books for making my wonderful event possible. I’ll never forget it.
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My friend, Author S.V. Farnsworth will be having a book signing at Always Buying Books on Saturday, November 13, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. She’ll be signing her new science fiction book, Hard Start Mars Intrigue. I’ve already bought my copy, but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet.
In other news, I saw a pulmonary specialist a few days ago. It was my boss who wisely advised me to make an appointment. He insisted I needed to see one, so I contacted my doctor’s office and asked for a referral. They referred me to a great doctor who was actually able to see me that day. It required a drive to Carthage, but I was more than happy to make that drive since I’ve been coughing nearly nonstop for three months. I would have driven anywhere for that appointment.
This doctor did the one thing that none of the other seven I’ve seen since shortly after Labor Day had – He gave me breathing treatments. I begged for them while I was in the hospital, and I was told the antibiotic I was on was powerful enough to kill my pneumonia without anything else. They wouldn’t even give me an inhaler. I also begged for water for two days, but I won’t get into that.
In addition to the breathing treatments, he prescribed a couple of medicines in capsule form and advised me to either sleep in a recliner or buy a wedge for my bed. I bought the wedge because I will be out of town for several days soon, and hotels and campgrounds don’t have things like that. According to the good doctor, pillows stacked up behind me doesn’t cut the mustard.
I’ve been on my new medicine and breathing treatments for three days, and you would not believe the difference. Between the pharmaceuticals and the wedge pillow, I already feel like a new woman. I’m sleeping better, and I have more energy. I’m still working on my stamina, though. It’s not even noon as I write this, and I really want a nap.
I’m currently at a writers retreat and having a great time. I’m still coughing, but it’s not nearly as often or as strong. I’m able to tackle the small hill between my room and the lodge with the help of the cane my mom gave me. I use it for steps and uneven ground. As it turns out, it’s pretty handy for hills, too. However, the hill is helping to strengthen my legs. I have to traverse it several times a day because my nebulizer is in my room so as not to disturb my fellow writers with the noise. It’s not a quiet machine.
As far as writing, I’m not getting much done yet. I’m disenchanted with my novel that’s finished. It only needs final edits, but I’m suddenly not happy with the plot. I don’t know if that’s a common problem among writers, but I intend to ask my writer friends here at the retreat at lunchtime.
There is one major plot point that I’ve grown to hate. I feel deep in my heart that this must be changed before I even think about publication. It sounded good a couple years ago when I first wrote it, but it doesn’t set well with me now. Perhaps I can find someone who will brainstorm with me. I bet I can. These ladies are all amazing.
I know my posts have been sporadic while I’ve been ill and recovering the last couple of months, but I’m going to make every effort to get back on schedule this month. I’ve missed you, my dear readers, and I apologize. I promise to get my act together soon.
I hope you all stay safe and healthy.
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