Monday, March 21, 2016


I'm finally back on my feet, thanks to my very smart doctor and some hefty drugs. The real challenge now is taking it easy this week as I finish up my antibiotics; I'm never very good at that first part. But since I've been almost continuously sick for more than a month now I think I'll make an effort.

After getting over a sickness you want to feel stronger, better and ready to jump right back into your life, don't you? I always envision myself bouncing back like this:

Even when I'm so weak and wrung out I actually feel more like this:

I also have Easter coming at me in less than a week, when I'll have a whole houseful of friends and family visiting. I have a huge dinner to plan, gift baskets to prepare, the house to tidy, etc. So I also feel a bit like this:

Rather than race around like a mad thing trying to catch up on everything I believe I'll prioritize what has to be done and let what doesn't wait. Then it's simply a matter of taking on one thing at a time, get it done at a reasonable pace, and then move on to the next. And ask for help, too.

What's up with you all? Let me know in comments.


  1. Pushing out another book this month, the first volume of a series about murderer William Palmer. It's an 1856 "quickie" book pumped out to capitalize on his conviction (murdering his gambling partner with strychnine, and suspected of icing at least a dozen more). Also posting the ebook version of another series of historical Holmes parodies/pastiches, this time from the Great War.

    Anyone? Anyone? Bueler?

  2. You have been busy. I liked your Story Ideas Part 2 post, btw. I've been having a debate with another writer about how Moby Dick influenced Jaws, and some of your thoughts are going into my next argument. :)

  3. I'm doing Easter this year. Ham, cheesy potatoes, green beans, cole slaw. That's it. I just don't have the desire to do something big and fancy because if I do, all I hear from the daughters is, "Where's the potatoes???" So plain and simple. I just wish my house wasn't all torn up still from the various projects husband has decided all have to be worked on at the same time. *sigh*

    1. I get the same thing from the family about my raspberry trifle. Forget the turkey I spent all day making; where's dessert?

      My big dining room is filled with book stacks from an earlier spring cleaning project. I have to either find a place for them before Sunday, or call it a literary Easter. :)

  4. I'm glad you're feeling better. You have a good plan for Easter. Enlist all the help you can.

    1. Thanks. This year I have a guest who works as a restaurant floor manager. I might draft her to help me get everything out of the kitchen on time. :)

      Oh, I just remembered -- I found a massively tasty and ridiculously easy pot roast recipe I wanted to share with you. I'll send you an e-mail about it.

  5. I'm off the cane and knee brace, my fractured knee is healing so well that I don't need much physio, and that's a relief.

    half done a collaborative novella. Chugging through edits. 4 more classes in a copy editing class. The dishes are done, the small boy is happy and thriving and somehow keeping it all JUST rolling. A slew of short stories on the burner, and some design projects looming, as well as a trip to NYC in june.( and to north carolina).

    Rest up! ( you and Wendig, too, felled by what he called "lung bees". Seriously, rough winter for writers.)