Saturday, February 20, 2010

Ten Rules; and Mine...

Here's some good stuff for us writers, borrowed from Uncle Jim's thread at Absolute Write Water Cooler: 10 Rules for Writing Fiction. Of course, there is no better rule in my book than reading fiction, and practicing your craft. Don't take shortcuts, they get you lost. Write all the time. If you don't have your laptop or pen and paper handy, think of the lines, imgine the characters, visualize the setting. You may not remember it verbatim later, and you may improve the original idea. I do this at bedtime and in the shower a lot.

So, practice, and Happy Writing!

Friday, February 19, 2010

More Fun

I had to go back into the hospital to have the chest tube changed out. On Saturday I stepped on the tube and pulled it out about four inches. Then my blood was too thin for the procedure, so they had to admit me and give me Vitamin K and four units of fresh frozen plasma so I wouldn't bleed during the procedure. They put in a larger tube, and shortened it so I shouldn't step on it again.

On the upside, I am writing alot right now. And that keeps my spirits up.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Home at Last

I had surgery to remove the remainder of my right lung on Dec. 16, on the 18th back under the knife to repair a hematoma, then on the 20th back for a perforated bowel. Spent 70 long days hospitalized. One thing that helped was the support of a new friend, Elise (Cella). She not only brought me a plant, but visited a few times and even gave my wife (whom she'd never met) a Christmas present. I still have one more surgery coming up, to reverse the ostomy from the bowel-issue. Can't wait. I have to wear a colostomy bag on my stomach, and it's a pain in the a**. But I'm home now. Back with the family who loves me, and writing again. Things are pretty great.