After almost two weeks I’ve finally decided to break the rules my doctors have set before me. Here is a list to give you an idea of what I’m not supposed to do:
- No computers
- No television (easy, since I don’t own one)
- No reading (print or ebooks)
- No writing (not lists, not on books, not on paper, not anything)
- No strenuous activity
- No bike riding
To say that this has been two weeks of hell would be an understatement.
I can understand their reasoning; my speech and thought patterns (among other things) have been affected and they want me to heal. But what is the point in living when you can’t do anything that you enjoy? I would rather go through life partially damaged (and trust that I can recover in time) enjoying my life rather than have a bland, boring existence as an invalid, unable to do the very things that give me reason to live.
That said, I get tired very easily so I am not going to push myself. I will work in small spurts as my energy levels allow and stop when I become exhausted or the migraines hit.
What I’ve Accomplished (and not)
I was in the last days of formatting my car-free book for ebook release when the accident happened. I’ve not done anything toward that yet. I haven’t even began to start on formatting that sucker for print. Takes deep breath Baby steps, Annie.
I threw up a new blog to chronicle my journey towards becoming a nonsmoker again. It’s a bit rough, but it’s a start. You can find it here. This method has really helped me reduce my cigarette intake and I hope to help others do the same. I’ve managed to put up all of the posts I’ve been sneaking around to write behind Katie’s back (she’s quite the militant when she wants to be) so it is actually up to date. I’ve got a few more things to add to it (I want to add a spreadsheet of my totals to show others my progress (and hopefully inspire them to attempt quitting again) but it’s live and I’m happy with that right now.
I went to my first book signing and offered my books for sale in person. It was at the Grant County Fair and I rode with friends from my writer’s group to promote Snapdragon, a literary journal that currently features the works of local writers, myself included. I didn’t sell any of my own books but we sold several copies of Snapdragon, some of which I had the honor to autograph. It was a welcome change from being stuck in this house twiddling my thumbs, even if it meant I was twiddling my thumbs at a fairground instead.
Embraced the editing process. I’m rather distractible right now and have trouble figuring out some words. Thanks to editing I’m coherent (in print at least). Not so much in person these days but I’m getting better. In fact, I’m not very comfortable talking much these days because (to me) I sound like the village idiot. I make a lot more sense in print after I edit my words.
Wrote a poem. I haven’t written a poem in years so I’m rather proud of this achievement. I see things a bit differently now and the connections have inspired me. I had to sneak around and draft it out on Post-it Notes so Katie wouldn’t catch me, and I plan to polish it up a bit and submit it to Snapdragon for their next issue. Wish me luck!
Gained some story ideas. I’m not sure where they will lead but that’s okay. I may turn one of them into a short story for Snapdragon or something.
Gotten a LOT of sleep. Seriously, if I could make money from sleeping I would be quite wealthy. Even now I’m fighting it cause I want to get this post out.
The Immediate Future
For the immediate future I will be working in small stretches when my daughter isn’t looking. She gets rather upset when she discovers me violating the Doctor’s orders but I’ve got to do this. She just doesn’t understand that this is who I am and I am NOT going to let something as silly as a 30-lb box of cookies to the head stop me.
There are still a number of posts scheduled for publication on this blog. I will let them play out while I recover to make it easier on me for now. In the meantime I will attempt to update the smoking cessation blog as time and energy allows.
I also need to get cracking on the formatting of this ebook. Time’s a wastin’!
What have you guys been up to lately? Please share your stories in the comments below.
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