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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.
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.
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.
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?)
Just a quick note of thanks for those of you who've read, or at least downloaded with the intent of reading, 'Legacy of a Legend'. The final chapter has over 1,000 downloads - which when I first started writing that work a year and a half ago, is about 4 times the number of people I thought would ever read it, or even like it. (And the thing ended up a LOT longer than I thought it would - as of this weekend, it's in the top 125 of longest stories on here ... albeit at #124.)
It will eventually get re-written - I know the further in that you go, the more you'll see how my ability to write changed over that time. But right now I'm working on a few other things first, and I've taken the advice of other authors and I'm going to finish the stories first, before starting to post.
Okay, NOW all you people who say you won't read a story until it's done ... now you have NO excuse. Chapter 74 has been submitted for posting, and should be up shortly. That's it. End of the adventure.
It's been extremely fun. I've included at the end of the last chapter a list of mods that I run when playing on the PC.
I've started the outlines for five other works this past week. It'll be a little while before I post anything else - I'm going to try the old, finish the story first, THEN post it, so I never feel like I'm on a deadline.
And this week I did just that ... feel like I was on a deadline. I almost wanted to tell what happened to literally everyone that Martina has come across during her adventures - and decided at the last minute that, really, with the Empire at peace, it doesn't really matter. Martina did what she intended to do - find out more about her father and her own history. In the process, she conquered a Kingdom and then an Empire. That's a pretty good accomplishment in and of itself.
May Talos bless you, and FUS RO DAH!
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