Friday, March 18, 2022

I've Been Better.

To my dearest friends and followers,
and to my fellow creatives,

Whew. It's been a while since I've written anything. I feel a bit guilty and upset with myself for allowing that to happen, but I'm here now, so I hope we can all move forward together.

Basically, since about the middle/end of January, I've been dealing with a lot of stress. I got some sort of infection on my right leg - possibly a staff infection. It wasn't bad at first. In fact, I didn't really pay much attention to it at all, thinking it wasn't much of an issue. And this is where I messed up. Big time.

Delaying any sort of treatment allowed the infection to spread to both legs and get really bad, to the point I had to walk with crutches because my right leg had gotten so swollen. But I finally realized there was an issue - a serious one at that - and began treating it right away. It slowly got worse and worse as the days passed, and I grew more and more tired. The infection made me stressed which caused the healing to slow down. The pain and discomfort caused me to not be able to sleep. The exhaustion also slowed the healing process.
And because I was exhausted and stressed, I felt like I didn't want to do anything - including working on finishing my novel - a feat I still have not completed.

After several weeks, my legs finally started to show progress. And, by the end of February, I could finally walk again without the aid of the crutches. I could finally leave the house and go do something. I was excited!! My husband and I celebrated by getting food, and doing some shopping and just having fun.

I guess we celebrated a little too soon though. As outside drama kept rising up and causing more stress for me, the infection flared up in both my legs again!!
Needless to say, this year has been extremely difficult and stressful for me so far and not AT ALL what I intended. All positive thoughts and prayers are appreciated for healing!!

Here we are in the later half of March, and the knowledge that I still haven't finished my novel is still weighing down pretty heavy on me. In an attempt to turn things around, I did make the decision, after participating in NaNoWriMo for 3 non-consecutive years, to participate for the first time in Camp NaNo, a month long writing challenge beginning on April 1st!!

Here's to hoping next month is a better month.
Thank you so much for reading!!

Yours Truly,


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