On an Upswing

Who knew having my breasts cut off and implants shoved in the hole would be painful and take a while to recover from? Typing hasn’t been impossible the last couple of weeks, but it’s been tiring and might not have been the best of ideas, so I really haven’t written anything.

Plus side. My cancer is gone. I have 5 years of anti-estrogen pills to come (Tamoxifen for those who care), but no cancer cells as far as anyone can tell. Even the pills aren’t giving me a huge benefit, but it is more than nothing so here we go.

Back to the surgery part though. Damn. My biggest surgery up to now was an endoscopic gall bladder removal. Mastectomy is like getting hit with a truck in comparison. I had the least impactful version of the procedure, too. I want to commend anyone who’s had this done and especially those who had larger procedures than I did. It’s a rough recovery.

My least favorite part are the drains. They came out yesterday and it was glorious. I was able to sleep on my side and on a flat surface again….mostly.

Been watching some fun TV in the meantime. We finished Truthseekers (Netflix), a British comedy paranormal show. Malcolm McDowell’s role is hilarious. Also keeping up with Ghosts (CBS), a sitcom about a couple who inherit an east coast mansion with plans to turn it into a B&B. The wife (Rose McIver) has an accident and develops the ability to see all the ghosts in the house. It’s cute and funny. I’ve been enjoying Next Level Chef. I love cooking shows and it gets worse when I’m sick or injured. My husband loves them too, but he gets hungry and wants to go get nice meals like the ones in the shows so he also gets a little frustrated by them.

I’ve been reading too. I need to write some reviews for those books. They include Wanderers by Chuck Wendig, Time Burrito by Aaron Frale, and Dust and Grim by Chuck Wendig. I’ve been reading the Woodsword series of Mincraft books to my son as well. I have 5, yes 5, books in my currently reading list, the 4th Woodsword book, Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir, The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig, Insomnia by Stephen King, and When Things Go Dark edited by Ellen Datlow.

My goal over the next couple of weeks is to get back into my main WIP. There is a workshop in March that I am thinking of doing that will need a finalized (or as close as I can get it) first 10 pages. It will get me some face time with an agent so I think it will be a good learning experience. Almost ready to hit this whole writing thing full speed. We’ll see where it takes me.

Thanks for reading this if you do. I hope everything in your life is on an upswing.

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