Revisions, Illness, Worry And The Start Of The Holidays

Fall Bird

It has been one hell of a week and it doesn’t look to be stopping soon.

I’ve gotten about two thirds of the way through my revisions, which has been both harder and easier to do depending on which sections I was working. Those revisions have changed the tone of the book in a way I wasn’t really expecting. I think it is working, but I won’t know until I can go back and read it all as a completed work. I’m not sure how I feel about it yet because it does feel so different.

It doesn’t help that I’ve been sick, battling my annual bronchitis. Coughing constantly doesn’t really go well with anything, let alone concentrating and writing. Throw on top of that BG getting several nose bleeds out of nowhere, and the sick factor has been fun in this house. When it gets to the point where your daughter names the thing that she claims to have given birth to out of her nose, it is probably time to have that looked at. We both ended up going to the doctor. I got some much needed meds, after having to explain yet again that this is annual and only one thing has EVER got it to stop and no, I don’t have asthma or allergies and it absolutely isn’t tied to acid reflux because I “gain weight” this time of year (SERIOUSLY?!). BG at least got a clear check with a recommendation to use a nasal spray and a humidifier.

My awesome friend that stepped up to be a beta reader for me way back when the book process started was evacuated because of the fires in California. I have a couple of friends out there and tend to pay attention to news in their area, but this one slipped by me because I was so focused on revisions that I was floored when she shared an update that they were safe. I’ve been so worried for her and her family, being forced out of their home and not knowing if they were ever going to be able to have anything to go back to. Thankfully, their house was spared, but they still can’t get back because the area isn’t safe yet. Not living close, I have only been able to offer moral support and that really isn’t anything in comparison. My heart breaks for everyone that has been effected by this terrible fire.

With being sick and having a seemingly endless  round of stuff happen that has kept me busy, I’ve taken a few days here and there away from edits to just give my brain a break. I haven’t even had much motivation to grab my camera other than a quick little dash out the door to the front yard and back. I’ll get back to it over the next day or two before I have to break again to work on getting ready for Thanksgiving. If my current mood is any indication, this will be the second year in a row that I’m not all that excited about it. Hopefully that won’t be the case.

Author: TJ Fox

Slightly sane artist, book addict, wife and mom who is forever rethinking her place in this world.

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