First things first. Thank you so much, everyone, for all the encouragement after my last panic-stricken post. I was feeling overwhelmed with…everything–all of my own doing, of course. It was a good feeling to know you all were rooting for me, and it helped give me determination to do what I needed to do to get my act together. 🙂
So, these last three weeks I have not gone online except to research the story I’m writing. It’s been hard, let me tell you. I had to go cold turkey, as I told Mrs. D. Ranged, because I know it’s too easy for me to fall into the black hole of blogs. I start reading, and before I know it hours and hours have gone by. But the strict measures have paid off. I’m about two-thirds done with my draft and still 10 days from my deadline. I have decided not to beat myself up about it not being perfect, which is also hard, but at the same time a relief.
More good news: Today, I am two weeks into walking on my own, no crutches, no scooter. In fact, I am typing this post as I walk on the treadmill at 2.5 miles an hour–quite a bit slower than pre-broken ankle, but I’ll take it! My ankle and foot still swell, and sometimes I still have to concentrate on not limping at day’s end, but I’m getting there. I even started driving again this past weekend. It’s a great feeling to be completely independent once more. But it’s HUGE as far as my oldest son is concerned because he no longer has to act as my chauffer. Just in the nick of time too–he swore off driving Saturday night after he got his first speeding ticket ever on his way home from Flagstaff. 🙂
I have allowed myself two guilty pleasures the last three weeks to relieve the seriousness and intensity of Civil War research and the frustration of translating it to kid level. First, from my perch on the couch, I came way late to the “Lost” party. I had always wanted to watch it, but between young kids and work I could not find the time while the show was actually running. So, when the subject popped up on MJ Monaghan’s blog, and then I saw it soon after on Amazon Prime, I knew it was fate. I watched the first episode and I was hooked, of course. And I’m happy to say I have dragged hubby and kids into it, too. We are having a fun time trying to figure out what is going on on that crazy little island.
My other avenue of escape is reading for a while before going to sleep. I was shopping on my Nook, and came across a book I thought would be fun and quick. It was also on sale for 99 cents–perfect. It was called Soulless by Gail Carriger. And now I know what steampunk is. Also marketing, because I have since bought the other four books in the series for $7.99 each.
And my dreams at night have been a combination of Civil War tactics, steampunk fun, and “Lost” mysteries. Oy. I will be happy to take a small break from all of it and rest my brain, but not until the end of the month when I send my draft to Highlights. At which time, I will also get back to blogging on a regular basis. I hope you will all still be here when I get back. 🙂