Frankly, this year has been the happiest of my life, full of all kinds of exciting new experiences and fulfilled dreams and hopes for the future. Sometimes I had to pinch myself to believe that it really could be true!
But it was all true. My first story was released and my Christmas novella will be up for pre-order in a week or two (with a beautiful cover)! I've made so many friends and some fans and it's been a life changer in so many ways.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: I owe a great deal to my fellow MVRWA chapter members and to Selene Grace Silver for their support and encouragement. You guys are awesome!
And then, recently, I came down with a nasty illness (an abscess on my liver). Nobody knows where it came from. Was it something I ate? Was it from feeding the lambies on my trip to Scotland? The doctors have been trying to find out, but it may not be possible. But the good thing is that they know how to cure it. In time. I spent eight days in the hospital and have visiting nurses to help me at home. I can change my own IV, get up, and move around, but not with much energy, and then I'm out the rest of the day. I'm told the healing process will be around three months.
I can't truthfully say I'm grateful for the illness, but I am grateful for the following:
- friends and relatives willing to drop everything and help me at a moment's notice. This includes my parents who stayed in a nearby hotel for a week while I was in the hospital, my next-door neighbors, the Sheridans, and my good friends, the Goodwins. And my roommate Samaria.
- health insurance (and the money to
pay the co-pays). I haven't dared to look at the hospital bill yet,
but I always make sure to have the maximum amount saved up just for
that purpose. So I can rest assured that I'm not going to lose my
house for medical bills.
- to be alive. This could easily have taken my life, and while I am not afraid to die, I feel there is more in me to do. With the doctors' help, I will be able to finish my novel and other projects, although not as quickly as I'd hoped. And see my new niece Ella Jane and go on my dream trip to Phoenix to meet Diana Gabaldon and see my Christmas novella in print.