Yeah, I’ve gone dark for a while now. Again. Not to say that I haven’t been up to a lot; I’ve just been staying off the radar. But I think it’s time to dust the cobwebs off this blog, and this is as good a time as any. Where to start is the bigger question. So I’ll start with some simple answers instead. First off, I am still alive. Moving right along.
For those of you reading this blog for boat repair information, there’s not a whole lot to update. Health and weather have conspired to keep that just out of my reach – now that I’m feeling up to it the extreme temperature is keeping me indoors. The frustrating thing is how close the boat is to being finished – there’s not much left to do to get her floating again, and I’m not ready to give up just yet.
For those of you looking up a writer who seems to have vanished, I’m still here, still writing. I’m finishing two books right now; Evacuation Route, and a little side project of a completely different nature that for various reasons needed to be written. Unfortunately, the battle between me and my health is been ongoing. One of the fun symptoms of dysautonomia is brain fog – a fun condition where low blood pressure isn’t getting enough oxygen to the top floor. As a result, no clear thinking. Not exactly conducive for writing, speaking from experience. Fortunately, my doctors and I have been fine tuning the right balance of medications and electrolytes to keep my head clear and sharp, and I’m finally gaining headway in what seemed a long uphill climb. I still don’t have the physical strength and stamina I once had and have to budget my energy through the day, but mentally, everything seems to be running right, (knock on wood.)
That’s part of the reason I haven’t been blogging – I have only so much energy to get through each day. When I’m writing, it’s to finish something long overdue. Killing off imaginary characters is far more fun than dwelling on things I can’t do anymore – like work on a boat during a record heat wave. Hazel’s approach to problems is much more satisfying, and immersing myself in Hammon’s madness is a great escape from reality.
A conversation with someone earlier today left me thinking. This blog began about a boat restoration and writing, whether anyone read it, my books, or anything else. For a time everything was heading the right direction, then it all started going sideways. The old saying is “You can’t control the wind, but you can adjust your sails.” I’ll add that sometimes you’ll need to change your heading all together and tack like mad or end up on the rocks.
I’ve had to shift my heading a few times. The view’s changed, but I’m still underway. I’ll be adding occasional blogging to my writing schedule, though future topics might include antique sewing machines, creative gardening, and a bunch of mutts. Or whatever else comes to mind. Such as:
Some people watch kitten videos as an antidote to the nightly news. No kittens here, but this clip (found during writing research) makes me giggle. Make it full screen, take your Dramamine, and hang on. Small Craft Warnings? We don’t need no stinkin’ Small Craft Warning. This. Looks. SOOOOoooooo. FUN!