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Monday, September 14, 2009

A Brief Note

Firstly, many thanks to everybody who's sent me best wishes both in 'real' life and the virtual world. I can't even begin to tell you how much it means to me.

Unfortunately, I'm not back to every day life yet, and I'm unlikely to be for a while. To think that I tried to kid myself that this isn't one of 'those' relapses and, by comparison with previous experiences, it's only a mild one. Ha! Famous last words.

A relapse it is. Mild it is not.

I've now reached the stage where I Don't Want To Talk About It. No, that doesn't mean I'm going into denial mode. Nor does it mean I'm going to pretend that I'm well - I don't have the energy to maintain the falseness. But what it does mean is:
  • I'm going to stop making excuses/feeling guilty/apologising for my lack of health.
  • I'm going to enjoy the simple things in life (reading, watching tv, napping as often as I need)
  • I'm going to refill the well - spiritually, mentally and physically
  • I'm going to conquer the 'worry' gene
So, that's where I'm at. Thank you for visiting my blog and for caring. My Blog posts are always likely to be unpredictable because that's the essence of my real life.

Bye for now.


Danielle Steel

Mirror Image Mirror Image by Danielle Steel

Back in the early 90s I couldn't get enough of Danielle Steel's novels. It was also the time when I submitted my first manuscripts dreaming of publication. I remember vividly having a plot for a new manuscript featuring Vietnam...I researched, I began making notes, and then Danielle Steel released her new novel...based in/around Vietnam! I felt deflated and from that moment I could never bring myself to read another Danielle Steel.

I now look back on that time with amusement. I've come a very long way since the 90s and as I'm currently going through my latest relapse (in the journey that is multiple sclerosis), I felt a yearning to pick up a Danielle Steel book and remind myself how much I once loved her books.

I'm halfway through Mirror Image and I'm enjoying the story. As I'm reading I'm seeing the difference between a writer and a storyteller. I can learn a lot from this highly successful author. I'm going to endeavour to STOP worrying needlessly about every word I write, whether it's following the 'rules', and I'm going to focus on TELLING the story (well, more showing than telling ;-).

Danielle Steel is a FAB storyteller. Her characters are three dimensional, and the plots are never predictable. What I admire most about Danielle Steel is the way she ups the conflicts that little bit more which keeps the reader turning the pages.

I'm thrilled to have rediscovered Danielle Steel's books and I'm excited about learning how to keep my future plots bubbling.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

I Surrender!

A brief catch-up:


A short, sharp course of steroids begin tomorrow...