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Kitty Update and September #WriteMotivation Update1

Theo In A ConeAs many of you know, we’ve been dealing with a rather sick Theo. It started out with a ruptured anal gland, which never healed. So they had to do surgery, where they found massive pockets of bacteria. They took cultures and gave us antibiotics to give Theo. He then had a reaction to it and took him off them. We finally got the results back late last week. It’s called Methicillin- resistant staphylococcus pseudintermedius (MRSP) which is only about one step down from MRSA. It’s very rare to transmit this infection from animal to human. But it is easy to transfer between the other cats. And with the issues we’ve had with everyone being all hissy (literally) towards Theo on account of the cone, we are taking every precaution we can. And probably getting all paranoid with every little illness and the like. So we’re coping. And at least we know the deal with Theo and hopefully he can now fully recover.

Despite cat issues, and TheHubs’ normal issues, supplementing TheBoy’s education, housework, illness in the whole household, and free time (like I have any), I’ve managed the following so far for September’s #WriteMotivation

1) Be Positive, Try to find the positive in every situation, no matter how small. This has got to be ALWAYS!! Doing this, but it’s draining.  Being sick, having the illness turn to allergies, I’m just so run down, physically. I think I’m doing well emotionally.
2) Cheer others on with #writemotivation cookie flinging and positive thoughts! Another ALWAYS! Managing, occasionally, I’m sorry.
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! I haven’t looked at my novel. I don’t think I need to for a while. So I am focusing on other things. I started a new shiny. I like how it’s going so far, and I think I’ve figured out the stake on this one. But what I have to learn is conflict. I avoid it in real life, so writing about it…plotting it out…is something new to me. And this is where I am stuck at the moment. Luckily, I’ve still managed to write about it, even if it’s not writing the story, I’m fleshing it out, trying to figure out “what if this happened?” and things like that. Playing with it in my head or on scratch paper. That’s what I’ve been doing through my illness fog.
4) Read another book. Well, I started. But then I got  on a Breaking Bad kick. I am in love with it (the science!!!) and have been marathoning it when I can (I’m almost halfway through Season 2). So, reading has been put on hold, though I have a blog tour/review I have to do for TWO next month, so I better get on the ball for it.
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.



  1. Ping from CJ:

    Hope the kitty does better soon! And you too. You’ve had a good month, goal-wise, considering all that’s been going on, so be proud. Especially the staying positive part, that’s not always easy. 🙂

  2. Ping from Valerie Lawson:

    wow. with everything you’ve go t going on, you’re doing really well with your actual writing, my friend. hooray for you! as far as the submissions/rejections go, keep it going and keep your head up. it’s a long process. we gotta kiss a lotta frogs in this business.

  3. Ping from Rebecca Enzor:

    Sorry to hear about your kitty and all the illness in general in your house 🙁 It still sounds like you’re plowing forward despite all that though, so good job!

  4. Ping from Cheyenne:

    Do NOT be sorry – you’ve got a *lot* on your plate right now. Taking care of you and your family comes first, always. Writing will be there 🙂

    Yay for new shiny!! And I know what you mean about conflict. I look at it this way: I am rubbish at it in real life for the most part, but on the screen I can make it as crazy as I want and watch the characters have to clean up the mess 🙂 Somewhat cathartic, I find! 😉 It sounds like you’re doing really well with your goals and the new work…Keep your chin up!

  5. Ping from Patricia (@plynne_author):

    Good luck with your kitties! I hope Theo mends quickly.

    Looks like you’re doing good with your goals. Keep it up. =D

  6. Ping from Heather Jacobs:

    Glad they got a diagnosis and he’s on the mend. You are one of the strongest people I know. Keep going. *hugs*

  7. Ping from Leigh Caroline:

    Glad Theo’s feeling better!! <3 Take some down time and REST, sweetie! And hooray for a new shiny! *loves* Let me know if you need to brainstorm or bounce any ideas. 😀

  8. Ping from Angela Brown:

    Staying positive when it seems there’s nothing but negative all around can be very draining, yet imagine the exhaustion in giving in to the negativity…talk about being sapped from the inside out.

    I hope things work towards more positive results regarding illnesses, schoolwork and your writing 🙂

  9. Ping from Brenna Braaten:

    Hello fellow #writemotivator!

    I’m so sorry to hear about your cat and all the added stress in your life. Sometimes, it’s just a pain. But, I’m still glad to see that you’re continuing to work on your goals throughout all the stress of life. That takes major determination. Keep it up! I hope things get better for you in the near future.

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