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The last time I tried to do NaNoWriMo …

… I basically crashed and burned. It was last year, November 2015. I started out fairly well, as far as my word count and trying to do some amount of writing every day. I started writing the second book in what I’m hoping will be a three-book series. I had been trying to write the first

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I got a little bit carried away …

… and thanks to BookMooch, half price days at the Chandler Booktique at TSCPL, and one order from Better World Books, I’ve acquired all these in the past month. All my packages have arrived, and I’m planning to NOT get any more books for a while. But what a lovely stack! Isn’t it marvelous? Looking

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Writing, or reading? Can I do both, maybe?

Here’s a three-minute overview of my past nine months of writing (or trying to write) fiction — specifically, a romance novel. First, start with the germ of an idea, and “pants” through several chapters. Realize there isn’t enough conflict, change some things, and start over with basically the same characters but different circumstances. Work on

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Late July journal updates

Wow, I knew I hadn’t posted in a while, but didn’t realize it’s been over two months — jeesh! And truthfully, this is sort of a faux-post, which I’m able to put up only because Ryan’s baseball coach decided not to go to the post-season awards night.  Apparently Ryan was one of only two or

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The haul from this year’s book sale!

It’s been a full week since Friends Night at the annual TSCPL book sale, and I’m only NOW able to post about it, although I took the photo and entered everything into my LibraryThing catalog last Saturday. Life is just too damn busy. Also, when I DO have some free time, I usually choose to

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TGI Read-a-Thon time!

We’re between my sons’ basketball and baseball seasons, and tomorrow is the 24-Hour Read-a-Thon. Thus, while one of my kids has a baseball practice scheduled, Jeff will be taking him to that, and maybe taking the other one as well, and I have nothing scheduled. So I decided a couple of weeks ago to put

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This is your life. And THIS is your life on Coumadin.

For about three weeks, I’ve been taking the drug warfarin (approximate pronunciation WORF-uh-rin), the generic version of Coumadin. Coumadin is an anticoagulant, meaning it thins your blood to relieve blood clots in the body, and/or to prevent them from forming. It’s a powerful medicine, salvation for some people, but dangerous and potentially deadly as well.

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What we learned in Kansas City (from the handsome doctor)

Jeff and I went to Kansas City on Wednesday, to consult with an interventional radiology specialist about my condition. The neurologist I’ve been seeing here in Topeka referred me to KC to review my case, and my various X-rays, to determine whether more films need to be taken (and if so, when), and what other

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