Update … and a Renewed Focus

If I had to chose a famous quote that would describe me (and my life) – on a consistent basis – it would be, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” It’s a translation from a Scottish poem that has always resonated with me. Why? Because, simply put, my plans often go awry.

For instance, I did not meet all of my NaNoWriMo goals. I did, however, finish the first two books – and the prequel – for the new series! I’m in the process of editing them. My hope had been for book 1 to be released by the end of November, with the second one to be released by Christmas. And the prequel to be given as a gift to newsletter subscribers.

Again, the best laid plans…

I’ll continue that train of thought in a second. Right now, before I forget, I’ve just released a couple of book bundles. I’ve you’ve never read Erin’s Christmas Wish, The Secret Admirer, and my Depot series, now is your chance. And… At a savings of more than 80%! Yup. As my Christmas gift to anyone who hasn’t read them, I’ve priced each bundle at .99 cents. 🙂

Right now, they’re only available at Barnes & Noble and Kobo, but should be showing up soon at Amazon and iTunes. If I can ever figure out how to do a table of contents for them, they’ll be at Smashwords too. Here are the links I have so far:

Bundled Up for Christmas: Barnes & Noble  Kobo Books
Haunted Depot: Barnes & Noble  Kobo Books

Okay, back to the original topic…

A pinched shoulder nerve threw a wrench in everything, from around mid-September through about a week ago. But… It didn’t halt my writing progress. It just slowed it down. I couldn’t do much in the way of typing because it aggravated the pain. So … I got even better at dictating. Instead of just aiming for a really rough first draft, I started actually writing. Using my voice! Including corrections and some editing. It’s not as fast as typing, but now I’m at a place where I can combine both and… Well… We’ll have to see what happens as far as timing goes.

That’s where my renewed focus comes in. 

I’m doing my best to make writing a priority, as I feel better. And I am feeling better. Between my doctor finally increasing the dosage of my thyroid medicine, and working steadily toward keto and intermittent fasting, things are looking up.

I’m also making my health a bigger priority. I never want another repeat of this year, though the miracles were wonderful. But I just want to stay healthy from now on. And since I figure health is probably important to most of you, I’ll share what I’m doing with you.

No, I’m not advising anyone to do anything. I’m not a doctor. I make decisions for me based on what I learn from a lot of research. I do encourage everyone to do their own research. Doctors and medicine are important. But so are other things – like diet, sleep, exercise … and who knows what all? I’m just doing my best to never get cancer again. 

And with that, I’m going to leave you with one of my favorite – and most motivational romantic songs … one I’m listening to tonight (with many others) as I edit. 

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