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1500 thanks and a health update

February 11, 2018
Posted at 12:41 pm

It's now been six months since I finished Legacy of a Legend. The final chapter has, as of this morning, been downloaded 1500 times. Thank you to all those who've read it and hopefully enjoyed it.

I'm actually about halfway through (finished Chapter 35 yesterday) going through it with revisions. The first twenty chapters needed more than the last several - mostly changing the tense and correcting a few spelling errors and word errors that slipped by me and my first reader the first time threw. (Yeah, I made these on porpoise.)

I've returned to work, at least on light duty, after the heart valve replacement. Still on blood pressure medicine, but at least not on blood thinners (which would be a major pain). The change in lifestyle as far as eating has also been a big adjustment. Fish instead of steak, chicken instead of ham, a lot more fruit and vegetables (plain baked potato instead of loaded with bacon, cheese, and sour cream), and NO salting anything after it gets to the table. Only the salt that is in the food naturally or as it's being prepared - and no cheating when I cook something here by adding salt that way.

So changing my eating habits, doing 30 minutes of cardiac exercise 4 times per week, and I'm now 13/14th of the man I used to be. Seriously, I've dropped 20 pounds since Thanksgiving. Anyway, that's it for now!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

December 25, 2017
Posted at 12:16 am

I've been having a few issues with blood pressure medication since the heart valve replacement, so between that, the actual cardiac rehab (which has physically been kicking my butt), and all the other family stuff that comes with the holidays, I've sort of let a few things (like writing new stories and rewriting Legacy of a Legend) slide.

Well, I've two New Years resolutions. The first is one that I'm already implementing, which is eating healthier. To help accomplish this, I'll NOT add anything to the food that I eat by way of putting salt on it, nor will I add salt when I'm actually cooking something. It's actually not that hard to do once you've had the kind of wake-up call that I had - which was waking up with EMS around you and your face in the pool of blood from where you smashed your face in the concrete when you passed out from heart failure.

The second one is going to be harder. At least 30 minutes per day actually working on writing something. I have a short story based in the Winds of Change universe I sort of have done, but needs some finishing. I have a Halloween contest story that I'll finish up and then hold for next years contest. I have a murder mystery started that I'm still plotting out. I've a historical war story in process as well. The one story that I'm closest to having done is actually sort of autobiographical, and other than changing a few names, is pretty much a true story that no one would really believe happened to me. And of course, I need to rewrite Legacy of a Legend. I do appreciate the e-mails I've received about it.

Enjoy life. It's the one gift you have received that you never know when it will end, so appreciate the sunrises and sunsets, and every moment of every day.

Still kicking

November 21, 2017
Posted at 4:16 pm

If you read my last blog post ... honestly, I was scared. But I'm now done with my surgery and home. If you think that's awfully fast, I was admitted yesterday morning, they did the surgery, and then sent me home today.

With a new aortic heart valve.

Yeah, they can now do it that quickly now, and they don't have to cut your chest open. I'll be limited for a couple of weeks recovering - they did shove the stuff in through the arteries in my groin and neck, so there's recovery from that. But no cutting the sternum in half, no cutting into the heart itself, and no week long hospital recovery time, followed by 4 months of recovery at home.

So ... I have this thing ...

October 31, 2017
Posted at 11:11 pm

It's called Aortic Stenosis. Apparently I have a bicuspid aortic valve - which I didn't know. (Given my medical history, that's amazing in and of itself, but anyway...)

Passed out and did a face plant onto a hard concrete floor, woke up with my face in a pool of blood and EMS very concerned. After a wonderful (!) long weekend in the hospital and a LOT of tests, met with the cardio surgeons today. Surgery (NOT open heart - I actually get to have transcatheter aortic valve replacement) is scheduled in three weeks.

I haven't been writing as much lately due to work - my entry for the Halloween contest is incomplete. I've half a dozen stories I'm working on as well. But ... basically, if there's not a blog post from me sometime before the first of December ... well, it's been fun reading everything you guys have written, and I'm sorry I didn't get to finish re-writing my Skyrim story to make it better, or any of the other stories I'm working on. If that sounds maudlin, it's because there are so many OTHER writers on here that just quit writing and we have no clue what happened to them.

Note that the surgery itself - honestly, simple valve replacement - is quite commonly done. It's just that, even with all the medical advances we've made, because they're working on the heart, there's still about a 3% chance of death. Good odds, but as a poker player, I've seen the one outer come on the river before.

Thank you 1200 times and a plan

September 28, 2017
Posted at 12:16 am

According to the stats page, Legacy of a Legend has been downloaded just over 1200 times. I liked the note I recently received: "A play-through description is not something that sounded appealing, but I ended up reading this for nearly a week. Thank you!"

Just a quick update as well. I'm working on literally half a dozen different stories right now. I'm going to take the advice and lessons learned from experience and finish them before posting. Having said that, one of the big things I'm working on is ... yeah, a game play through.

Fallout 4.

What I was thinking of doing - and I'd like some advice - is to maybe break it down into separate books of 20 - 30 chapters each, instead of one ungodly huge novel. For those who don't know, Fallout 4 has more recorded lines of dialogue than Fallout 3 and Skyrim combined. I'm going to take what I learned from writing in Tamriel and apply it to the Commonwealth, so the first chapters won't be as bad as in Legacy. (That's also on my plate, starting in March I'm going to do a rewrite of Legacy, correcting the errors I made and hopefully improving the whole thing. Why wait until then? Simple. I'm following the advice of certain other authors on here to take a break from that world.)

And yes, a Fallout 4 book will be adult in nature. I don't know that Codsworth will have a dildo attachment for one of his arms ... but he might. :) (Actually hadn't even thought about it until then, but ... hey, why not?)