A Wild Erin Appears!

Alternate Title: I am really sorry I disappeared for so long, but I was really sick. Also, I promise to catch up on promised reviews. And lastly, Happy Holidays to anyone who was kind enough to stick around, even though I didn’t post anything new for a long time.

Phew.

So the last few months have been really bad, health wise. It sounds like an excuse, and I suppose in some ways it is. But in terms of spoons, I was running on 1-2 a day, which doesn’t leave much for anything besides breathing and existing. I am still unwell, of course, but things are looking up (hopefully… fingers crossed).

In the last few months I have spent a lot of time on medicine that makes me not want to do things, medicine that wrecks my body one component at a time, and medicine that just doesn’t work. I have been to more doctors appointments than I am capable of remembering, and I have had the unwavering support of my husband to see me through. I got a medic alert bracelet. I napped… a lot. I have done things that it would take a great amount of money for me to detail here. But most importantly, I read.

There were days when I was too sick to read, when all I could manage was the bare necessities. But for the most part, I have devoured book after book, because it helped me escape the otherwise inescapable… my health situation.

I am currently at 125 books read for the year, and there is still over a week left. I am pretty proud of that. I am toying with the idea of making my blog a self-hosted in the new year. I am wanting to invest in a tablet to further help combat blogger fatigue.

All in all, even though I disappeared for a while, things are starting to look up. I can’t promise I am back, but I can promise that I am trying to be.

I miss my followers. I miss talking to you. I miss posting reviews instead of just stars on Goodreads. So, I am trying.

Currently Reading: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (finally)

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You love my personal updates…

And if you don’t, then no one is making you read it. So there 😛

Last night when I posted Top Ten Tuesday, I realized I am really quite bad at 24-hour time. I meant to post it at 11pm, and I posted it at 9pm. Whoops.

My husband and I have been on vacation for just over a week, and we have been loving it. My health has still been very very poor thanks to a horrible Colitis flare, and I am back on high-dose steroids for the second time in two months, so taking some time off was just what I needed. I have been reading and gaming when I can get up the energy. I have also been eating ALL the food because of the meds.

My grandma is still in the hospital, still very touch-and-go. We got to see her again on the 21st, and it was really nice, even though she is in isolation and we had to be in masks and gowns.

So yeah… that is what has been going on with me! I have been trying to keep blog posts queued, but some days I just don’t have energy to write. So I apologize in advance for any slipping.

Love you all!

I missed Top Ten Tuesday.

So, this week was a bad week for weekly features for me.

I apologize to all my lovely followers.

My grandma is back in the hospital, and she isn’t doing well. Tuesday we made a whirlwind trip out to see her (she is two hours away) and she was still coherent, etc.

While I appreciate the inevitable well wishes, I have come to terms with the fact that it is likely her time. She has spent more time in the hospital this year than out of it. They are thinking it is heart failure this time, and honestly? I just want her suffering to stop. She couldn’t even let go of my aunt’s hand so the hospital could weigh her. They can’t do the invasive testing needed to know what exactly is going on to treat it, and I just want her to be at peace.

I am working on catching up on reviews right now.

Much love to all!

An update!

So, this past week has been a really big week for me. I finished up some time commitments, and I am really happy to be done with them (though a little scared to see what will happen without them in my life). I chopped off all my hair. I had an MRI (more about that in a bit) and I signed up for two Very Exciting Things.

Very Exciting Thing #1 is an art class. I usually do digital art, and I decided an online art class would be fun and a good way to help broaden my horizons. It is seven weeks if I remember correctly, and I get a certificate at the end and everything. I am really excited.

Very Exciting Thing #2 is a writing class. It isn’t just any writing class. It is the 2013 Summer Writing Class with Brandon Sanderson. Linky: http://www.writeaboutdragons.com/2013-summer-class/ If you are interested in writing, especially fantasy, I encourage you to check this out. It is free. It is Brandon Sanderson. It will be epic!

On Friday, I had an MRI for some long-standing health issues. The test was fine, and I now play the waiting game for a few weeks until results come in. But I found it so interesting as I was being shifted in and out of the machine. I now have another life experience to write about. I can write about having all sorts of medical tests done, because that is my life a lot of the time. And now I can add MRI to that list. I know how my body reacts to having an IV in. I know what the bruise looks like and feels like. I know how I felt in the MRI machine (which was very relaxed).

It just really struck me how much life experience plays a part in the whole writing experience. You write what you know, or you write what you think you know. A week ago, me writing about an MRI would have looked a little different from me writing about it now. I wouldn’t have been entirely wrong a week ago, and I could have watched videos and researched, but there is something about experiencing a thing that gives you so much more insight into it.

So, keep experiencing new things.

Edit: I forgot to add this in here. My birthday is next week.

A Personal Update

Hello to my lovely followers!

I hope you are all having a wonderful week! The sun is finally shining here, and we are on the plus side of the thermometer. We are even above 20 degrees! Woohoo! (That is in Celsius, which translates to roughly 70 degrees Fahrenheit for all you lovely Americans). However, our air conditioner is kind of dead, so our apartment is hotter than heck, and it is very uncomfortable.

I wanted to post today to let you guys know that I have a few more things queued, but that two things are going on. One is that I have reviewed almost all of the books I have read. So, with that going on, I won’t have as many reviews to post. I know the blog has had daily posts for the last two weeks, but that will likely change. I am reading as much as I can, but I have to do things like work and sleep… so I don’t get as much time to read as I wish I did. But I have added some weekly features to keep things interesting around here.

The other thing going on is that my health is not good right now. If you have read my About Me page, you will know that I suffer from Fibromyalgia and Ulcerative Colitis. And if you haven’t read my About Me page, you now know that I suffer from the aforementioned illnesses. Well, the Colitis has been really giving me a run for my money for the last week or so, and it is exhausting. I have barely been able to move, save for the bare necessities. I have no energy for much aside from staring blankly at the TV, and occasionally reading a few pages. And horizontal life pauses (aka naps).

So, what does this mean? I don’t really know. It means that I am going to the doctor today to see what is going on and if they can help. It means that I am slowing down with reading and with producing new content. And it means if things don’t get better soon, the blog may not see many new posts from me for a while. For that, I apologize… but my health needs to be top priority. After all, if I don’t have my health, what do I have?

So on that note… what kinds of things do you guys do when you are sick? Do you read certain books? Or do you enjoy other activities?

Guess What I Did?

So I thought I should post a little snippet just to let my lovely followers know what is going on.

This week I was able to get almost completely caught up on reviews. Hooray! This makes me SO incredibly happy, you have no idea.

But, the even bigger news is that at the end of March, I bought Scrivener. This week I used it for the first time, and I started writing again. I am reworking an old NaNo idea to see if I still like it. Maybe I will post some excerpts soon.

What have you been up to with regards to reading and writing?

What is the Plural of Hiatus?

I was going to title this something along the lines of “And the Hiatuses Continue”. But then I realized that I didn’t actually know what the plural of “hiatus” is. Is it hiatuses? Fun fact: Google says yes!

So now that I have gotten the fun stuff out of the way, I need to move on to the not-so-fun stuff. My laptop is slowly dying. It is giving off what I call “the sound of death”. Something inside has come loose, and is rattling around. It won’t be long for this world, I don’t think. Thankfully, I got the extended warranty, so they will either fix it or give me a new one. The bad news is that while I wait for one of those things to happen, I will be with limited access to a computer, so the blog will be quiet. Well, quieter than it has been.

The other bad news is that my grandma is sick. We are cautiously optimistic about her recovery, but right now she is still in the hospital with pneumonia (and a host of other things). Any positive energy you can spare my way for her recovery would be greatly appreciated.

I will try to get some reviews queued, but I can make no promises as to how long my laptop might last, or how other things might pan out. So please be patient with me. This also applies if you have petitioned me for a review. I am doing my best, and I will be back full force as soon as I can be. I promise.

Keep on keeping on. Read and write with passion.