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August’s Final #WriteMotivation Update

August Goals:

1) Be Positive, Try to find the positive in every situation, no matter how small. This has got to be ALWAYS!! Doing the best I can with what I’ve been given.

I want a week’s worth of do-over! I had an entire week of stress in two days time. When I woke up on Wednesday, I had radiating pain in my heel. I knew what it was from. Standing all day, every day. I even bought a cushion-y mat to stand on at work. But still my feel hurt. Now that I’ve done research, it’s plantar fasciitis.   I was already in a bad mood due to the pain. Not much I can do at the moment for it. I will eventually have to see the doctor. My insurance doesn’t provide inserts unless I’m diabetic. I’m not going to make myself diabetic just to have them pay for 90% of $400. 🙂 I’ve had inserts in the past, from Dr. Scholl’s and The Good Feet Store. They were ok, but definitely not personalized for MY feet. So I have to cave in a pay for the inserts myself.

So, foot pain, then working from home and I couldn’t get my computer to connect to the VPN, email, or anything dealing with work. YAY! Fighting with a computer is never fun! Another bad mood instigator.

Also, Wednesday was the day Theo had his surgery. When we dropped him off, I started crying. It seemed from that point on, everything made me cry. I don’t know what was wrong with me nor could I stop it. So I had to just get through.

Anthony’s appointment for his BOTOX injections was also Wednesday. He received 32 shots. And while the doctor was injecting him in the muscles in the shoulders he said, “I’ve never had a collapsed lung. Your lungs sit right below these muscles so if you get shortness of breath later, go to the ER.” Um, yeah, just what I needed to hear, and I ended up crying again!

Theo came through the surgery fine, though the vet said it was worse than he ever thought. He had massive pockets inside (nests) of bacteria he had to scrape out along with removing the glands.

His poor behind looks so horrible though. It’s shaved, red, swollen, and lots of stitches. I feel so bad for him. He was so scared at the vet he was shaking. (another moment of tears). When we got him home, he seemed better. But I know it hurts him. I worry about him going to the bathroom, though. So we are on a high fiber diet of wet food. Hopefully that will make it less painful. He has 3 days worth of pain meds, 10 days of amoxicillin, and some anti-bacterial salve.  8 weeks in a cone was way too much for him. We still probably have another month to go. But hopefully he will be healed up in normal time!

And then, Thursday, I get to work and my main PC decides “today is a good day to die”. He did not fight well. Major Klingon Fail with that one! And, of course, I cannot get a new computer….yet. I had to rearrange my desk again, to get the sitting arrangement back (for my feet). I just can’t seem to win. I do need to take pictures and video and submit them to my company for an ergonomic evaluation before they will help with equipment. I’ve already been told that a treadmill desk is out of the question. BOO!!

Here’s hoping, the days get better!

2) Cheer others on with #writemotivation cookie flinging and positive thoughts! Another ALWAYS!  I MISS TweetDeck!!!!! I MISS EVERYONE!!! :(

3) Continue writing SOMETHING, EVERYDAY! Even if I can’t work on my novel, I’ll try my hand at short stories. Whatever it is, it has to be writing! DEFINITELY ALWAYS!  Yeah, this wasn’t a miserable fail. But I didn’t really write every day. I have been mulling my novel around my brain trying to figure out how to make it better. Also, I’ve had several shorts pop up and demand to be written. Maybe I should just resolve myself to writing shorts, only. But then, I still am not feeling like a “pro” (Check out #5)

4) Read another book. Completed So for this month, I managed 4 books! WOW! Course, I didn’t get much writing done now, did I?! But they were all so good! PRETENDERS, THE RED PYRAMID, FIGHT PRINCESS (review to come on release day 9/2) and a crit for Andrew!

5) Continue submitting my short stories, “O.N.” and “S.S.”  Let’s see how many I can get before someone accepts me. :)  5 rejections for O.N. (still waiting on the last sub) and 4 for S.S. Sent SS out, yet again. And the waiting continues.


I should keep these goals for September too.



  1. Ping from Cheyenne:

    You are doing GOOD – hang in there! Yay for those shorts that demanded your attention. As well they should!! 🙂 Don’t give up on your novel. I believe in it, and the changes you mentioned to me sound right on target. You are amazing and I’m praying for you through this rough time. Keep the faith! (and I agree with Leigh… Shorts are just as much REAL writing as novels. HARDER if you ask me!)

  2. Ping from K.T. Hanna:

    Frankly I think, considering what a horrible week you had, that you did absolutely fantastic. Also – Reading is directly beneficial for writing. So in a way… 😉

    *hugs you* Much love!

  3. Ping from Rebekah Loper:

    *hugs* I so feel you on the random crying. That was what my last week has consisted of, and I’m finally starting to feel a bit normal since Tabby is actually improving vs. just hanging on for a while.

    I hope you figure things out with the back/foot pain soon. That’s gotta suck.

  4. Ping from Leigh Caroline:

    *hugs* Hey, there are PLENTY of people who are professional writers and only do shorts. If you (eventually) get paid for writing, you’re a pro writer. Period. The rest is details. <3

  5. Ping from CJ:

    Hang in there! Sounds like a rough week, hope things will be better for you from now on!

  6. Ping from Patricia (@plynne_author):

    Yikes, sound like a rough time. *hugs* Hope it gets better for September.

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