Since the last time I blogged, the following things have happened:
- I kept working. In fact, I worked a lot. In fact, a lot of the work I was doing was why I wasn't blogging, seeing as I didn't want to stare at a computer anymore after I finally got home.
- I went to some writing classes about being stuck and how to get unstuck.
- As a result of the classes, I dug out a thing I was working on and started working on it again, and it's going really well, at the moment. Which is cool.
- I talked to my kind-of mentor, Rhett in Oklahoma, which always makes me feel better.
- I swam the Big Swim, the 2k race in which I always place dead last but consider myself fortunate to have finished at all. My time was 1.03.27. I also did the July Swim for Distance Month thing, but without the usual hype, just because of stuff and things. I managed 17 miles in July. I will still send a full $20 to my favorite charity, which happens to be Survivors of Torture International. If you wanna donate after the fact, please do. Your favorite charity could always use a little cash.
- I went to Utah to see my parents and my sister, and my brother-in-law came along but he was very sick the whole time and so we didn't get to see him much.
- My brother-in-law's condition turned out to be terminal. Which sucks. A lot.
So, there's been a lot of crying around here, and a lot of long talks about this whole "quality of life" thing and what a "meaningful recovery" would mean to me, or to you, or to whomever. And if I haven't gotten on this soapbox lately, I would just like to remind all of you over the age of eighteen that if you haven't done it yet, you need to MAKE OUT YOUR LIVING WILL. NOW. It might be called an "advanced medical directive" or something similar in your state. If you go to this web site, you will find all the forms and instructions for making out a living will in your state. It is legal and legally binding in all 50 states, so please don't hesitate. It is a great kindness to your family and also to yourself, and don't forget to give a copy to your doctor and whatever hospital you're most likely to be taken to in an emergency.
I'm going to Las Vegas to see Mike and Kristen at some point, but I don't know exactly when because their lives are a little complicated right now (understandably). besides visiting nurses and medical appointments, they're also selling their house and moving to a disabled-accessible apartment on a single level. The big move is scheduled for next weekend. Lots of friends are coming to help, including my dad, so they don't really need us (let's face it, I'm not built for carrying boxes anyway). But soon, I hope.
Anyway, sorry about the lapse in blogging. I will make a sincere effort to adhere more closely to the schedule. For one thing, my editor will get on my case if I don't. For another, those 60% checks really don't do much to pay the mortgage, if you know what I mean.