State of the Author: An Update

Hi, everyone. First, thank you to those who expressed condolences for the loss of Marmalade and Penelope. It was indeed a hard blow to us, and we’ve been more than a little paranoid about the rest of the colony. My husband and our housemate cut down the oleander tree and dug out the oleander bush in the yard at my request; we don’t know that they were the cause, but I felt better. (Oleander is poisonous, for those who don’t know). The oleander was planted by my late mother-in-law and we’ve had the colony for five years without an incident like this … but I’d still rather be safe than sorry.

Also, thanks to those who expressed sympathy for my recent pain management issues. I spent three days on “the big guns,” as I call my scrip; it really was that bad. I am much better today, but very tired; the most common side effects of my scrip is fatigue, but it also kind of messes up your sleep pattern because you’re off to bed early or napping for several hours during the day. As a result, last night I slept for two hours starting at 6:30 PM and then was wide awake until 12:30 AM — with a 5 AM alarm as I’m physically in the office today. I finished an entire novel last night.

If I thought I could get away with it, I’d curl up on the floor under my desk!

Anyway, I appreciate all of you more than you will ever know. Thank you.

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