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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Testing, testing, one... two... three...

Last summer, when my hands turned completely numb, I toyed with the idea of using voice software. I then dismissed it out of hand, believing it wouldn't work anyway.

Since that time, my vision has also caused me problems. So, when I read on Fiona Harper's blog, the success not to mention fun she was having using her new voice software, I decided the time had arrived for me to experiment.

Amazon delivered sooner than they'd promised and I am now talking to you as opposed to typing to you!

Now all I have to do is ensure that I don't procrastinate by having too much fun, and get on with my writing, no excuses!

Friday, February 23, 2007

I DID IT!!!!! :-D

Yesterday, my new electric wheelchair arrived. But by the time it was delivered I'd lost all of my new-found confidence. It's one thing to think/talk positively but it's something else altogether when it comes to putting those thoughts into practise. In truth I was dreading it!

Gray coerced me into having a practise run up and down our driveway, and we ended up going 'around the block' a few times. Nothing's ever as easy as it sounds, and believe me, 'driving' an electric chair is not only difficult but it's dangerous too if you lose your concentration for a moment.

The plan for today was to try out a local supermarket, and let me tell you, I was scared - not least because my dizziness was back with a vengeance! However, I was amazed at the level of my confidence once I was through the doors. It was almost easy!

In fact, by the time we got home, I decided I was ready to take my first trip to the country park. With reluctance I allowed Gray to take some photos (see below). Warning: I'm overdue a hair-wash and I didn't have a scrap of make-up on - I can't believe I'm posting them!!!!!!

and in the name of fairness, here's a pic I took:

And I can't leave the ducks out:

Wishing you all a great weekend.

Sue :-)

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Mentally Preparing...

... to resume my wip.

Whenever I go longer than a few days without being able to write I get scared, very scared. This time my inactivity has lasted weeks. So, you can imagine how relieved I feel now that my characters are starting to talk to me again.

I'm not going to jump straight in but I feel confident that in a couple of week's time I'll be able to get back in to a daily routine.

Over on the PHS blog today Nicola Marsh has written a wonderful inspiring and motivating post about W.T.O (writing time only). Check it out here.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Illustrating my point.

I am SO excited right now.

The other day I had not one but TWO ideas for additional writing projects. The genre is so very different from my current wip that I'm hoping to have both projects on the go at the same time.

I'll be revisiting my old love for writing children's stories. But, although this excites me, it's my next bit of news that I find VERY exciting.

My DD is creative too. She could have been going off to University this September but she'd already decided to take an extra year of A-Levels so she could study more subjects. She planned to go off to Uni in 2008 armed with A-Levels in (edited) Fine Art, Eng Lang, Eng Lit, Media Studies, Graphic Design, and an AS-Level in Photography, Philosophy and another subject yet to be determined.

Her aspirations have always been to take a degree in Film Studies and Creative Writing - she wants to be a film director. Now, however, she has had a re-think of the road she is going to take to get to where she wants to be.

She isn't going off to Uni in 2008 because she has decided to go to Art College for a year to get a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design. Then (and this is where my excitement comes in), she is going to go to Uni to get a degree in Illustration (and this will also encompass her other artistic interests).

I can't begin to tell you how proud I am of her. It isn't easy with all the peer pressure to do what you know in the long term is best for your future career. Her friends are going to be going off to Uni later this year, and others will follow next year. But my DD is holding back for yet another year. She will be 20 years old (eeek!!) by the time she enters University and this alone is quite a scary prospect for her. In her eyes, compared to all the other students, she'll be old!

I'm thrilled to bits with her decision, not least because it means I get to keep her at home for an extra year!

Going back to my other writing projects of children's stories, DD & I are now also working collaboratively on one of them - she's going to do the illustrations!

I am thrilled to bits to live in such a creative household. My DS has also formed a rock band with his mates...!

Friday, February 16, 2007

'Coming Out'

I didn' t know/plan that I was going to write this post. I don't want to make anybody feel awkward or sorry for me. That is never my intention.

From next week life is going to start getting good again. Instead of letting life pass me by as it so often has over the past seven years, I'm no longer going to let my health stop me from getting out and about in the 'real' world.

From next week I will be in a wheelchair every time I venture outside the front door. I'm still in the fortunate position of not needing a hoist to get in/out of the car or wheelchair (so long as I have Gray or my walking stick that is). I'm going to make the most of it because I never know when that situation will change.

I've been using a manual wheelchair from time to time over the past year (with a lot of reluctance). The chair I have coming next week will be electric and one I can use independently whenever I'm able.

The difference this will make is amazing.
  • For example: This year I joined the RNA's NWS. Now there's a real chance I'll be able to attend conferences...
And, can you imagine...
  • when I go to the theatre in future I won't have to suffer pain/discomfort every time somebody in my row needs to move...
  • remember the Bon Jovi concert I missed last summer? It won't matter to me any more whether they're at a stadium with seats, because no matter where they are I'll have somewhere to sit... (any one know when their next UK tour's planned for?)
  • And, I won't even be so angry when Patrick Swayze stands me up because it will only have cost me financially and not physically...
the list really is endless.

So, as you can see, there's an awful lot for Gray and I to look forward to. But the best bit for me as a writer will be just being able to get out and about frequently and soak up different things to keep my inspiration flowing. When I get stuck on my wip (which we all know will be often), I'll be able to go for a 'walk' and clear my head...

Believe me, I really can't wait!

Sue :-)

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Valentine's Day!

My hubby never ceases to amaze me. He hasn't left my side for over two weeks, yet still he presents me with Valentine's Day gifts and a card. Amazing!

Monday, February 12, 2007

Four Books...

... that have brought me warmth and enjoyment during recent dark times.

Read the review here.

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Read the review here.


2007 will NOT be the year I get my English Language diploma.

2007 WILL be the year I read... and read... and read...

2007 WILL be the year I write...

Sunday, February 11, 2007

To HELL and Back...

... and I'm not exaggerating.

I still feel in shock - in fact I'm reeling. I feel like I'm stumbling around blindfolded, except I don't need a blindfold to stop my vision.

But, you know what? I'm almost through it and I've survived. Life will go on. In fact, in many ways life will be better.

I've reached a new deeper dimension with my life. I've painfully moved to another level. Acceptance is hard to come by but I'm getting there.

My life is changing. My whole 37 years has always been about adapting to change, and I've always risen to the challenges to the very best I can. And, I will do the same again.

Apologies if I'm sounding mysterious. I don't mean to be. Stuff I've been through so far in 2007 is far too heavy to share on this blog. Trust me, I've been to hell. But, I'm back - almost.

My 'good' windows of health aren't lasting very long yet, so I won't be 'visible' for a little while longer.

I've missed you all, and I can't wait to get back.

Sue :-)

Thursday, February 01, 2007

It's Official...

... my Neurologist has confirmed that I'm having another relapse and has put me on a short, but high, dose of steroids.

I start the course in the morning , and I pray to God that it resolves my visual problems over the next couple of weeks.

So, all being well, I'll look forward to 'seeing' and catching up with you all soon.

Sue :-)