Hello to everyone – long time, no talk.
Rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated, although I did fall off the face of the Earth, in a way.
Back at the end of May, I had a freak accident in my own kitchen, resulting in a severely broken ankle. I was placed in a splint for two weeks while the swelling went down, before I had surgery. I had a plate installed in the ankle, along with 8 screws. I convinced myself it was pretty much an out-patient thing (DH has had 3 surgeries and gone home the same day), so waking up in hospital, finding out I needed to stay the night, set off an anxiety attack. My nurses were good to me, but I really do hate hospitals (it’s official).
The pain was excruciating. I can’t begin to describe it. Elevation, ice, and morphine didn’t even dent it, for the first few days.
I spent 6 weeks in a splint, before getting my pretty pink cast. I’m about at the end of 6 weeks in the cast, after which I switch to a boot. While I get to start therapy, I still have about another 4-6 weeks before I can start putting weight on it.
I’m not entirely sure why (it could be discomfort, it could be medication, it could be that healing is physically draining, I’m sure there’s a little depression involved), but it’s been difficult to focus and concentrate. I frequently fall asleep in the middle of whatever I’m working on. I’ve kept at it though, and finally I finished a manuscript. Mama Kris received it today.
At the time I broke my ankle, I was working on MLR’s special submission, featuring medical professionals. When I missed the deadline, I decided to rework the story, since I no longer had to fit it within a word limit. It ended up at 51,000 words. Because it was intended for a special submission, it features all new characters, but has my trademark ‘hook’.
I don’t know what my next project will be (at the moment). I’m wanting to write about the 1930’s Chicago Outfit, but I have to do a lot of research. I’ll probably write an installment in one of my series, while I’m doing all the reading and note taking.
I dunno. We’ll see. I have a ton of emails and web contacts I need to sort through, too. I’m going to try to visit social media more often, if I can. What I REALLY need to do is sign up for some blog hops, and do some guest posts on some websites. I haven’t done any promo work at all since Soul Sick was released. I don’t even know if anyone liked that story! I should really get back out and do some promotional work.
I guess I should get to work!
GRUESOME ANKLE PHOTOS BELOW:
Pre-surgery break – working to reduce the swelling – and the first split
4 weeks post-surgery – x-ray of the repaired break (see the plate?)
My pretty pink cast! (they didn’t have purple)