One of the great things about being #PoweredbyIndie is I can easily publish my #Nanowrimo novels for free. At the moment, I have two #Nanowrimo novels that are now available on the Kindle:Moving On is my first Nanowrimo novel, although hardly my first novel. It is the first that survived me and my mental blocks to be written, edited, and finally published! Like most first novels it is vaguely autobiographical - pretty vaguely though. It was more of a platform for me to turn lose of a few rants and pet peeves as well as to celebrate my love of kayaking and nature. As such, I really haven't written anything like it since - but I probably will eventually.
Bloodline was a massive project of a serial killer novel. It was intended to be the first of a major saga about this family who is more or less attempting to breed themselves as a superior human - the human predator to our human sheep. It got a really vicious review - by someone who has written a number of very nasty reviews of anything that isn't housewife porn - but it disenheartened me and I haven't returned to the series since. I, personally think it has a ton of potential, but writing it was a chore. I have enough work in my life right now, so I've been mainly writing sort of fun (for me) stuff like the light mystery Serendipity over at Wattpad.
There are a number of other #Nanowrimo novels in various stages of finishing and editing that I hope will make it out to the world someday. Of late I've been sticking with the 'keeping it light' theme and writing a lot of work based on the amusing bits of life in New Mexico, and inspired by my love of anime.
And with that, I have decided this year for #Nanowrimo to do something I have never ever done before. I am going to write fanfic for one of my favorite animes. You have no idea how scared I am.
Now if I could just decide which one. Natsume Shou Jin Cho? Silver Spoon? My Interesting Life? Mushi-shi? The Morose Mononokean? XXXholic? Hozuki no Reitetsu? Most of those are very episodic, so they would make a very easy #Nanowrimo project. I could pretty much work my way through the dares thread and come up with one little story after another for them. Of course, as far as publication they are a zero. Probably if I like it they will go up on Wattpad or maybe a fanfic site. Still, it is something new, something fun and something pretty easy. I've had more than enough uphill and against the wind days this year!
Speaking of which, the hubby is out of the hospital. He spent about a week, as usual, but for once he was actually not critically ill beyond the first few days. Everyone simply took advantage of the fact that he was off the anticoagulants (the first set of which was not working - as he did clot the fistula but they did manage to save it) to do this and that and the other invasive testing. The end result is that the fistula is now working for his hemodialysis treatments (so far) thus we don't have any more of that once a week surgery excitement when he clots off a permacath. The cardiologist got to do their angiogram and discovered his coronary arteries and veins - in their words - look great! The heart valve is still very leaky (working at 20% of a possible 60%) but it has been decided to try and control the heart condition with drugs only at this time. We had another try at a heart drug that once again dropped his blood pressure into the basement. As always, this made him feel awful, as well as endangered the fistula, what's left of his kidneys, and makes it near impossible for him to have dialysis. So we are off that drug and he is slowly recovering some blood pressure. All in all, he is actually feeling pretty good now. Walking again, doing little projects to the motor home, and generally enjoying life. We are scheduled for a dozen follow up doctor's appointments but we hope mainly to take it easy, get him stabilized and maybe get to stay out of the hospital and develop a little life and routine again over the next few months. I had to look up the dates this month - you realize he has been in the hospital for at least a day, more commonly a week or two, every single month this year since March? Poor guy.
Most of the time we have very little or no Internet. There is something in this location that cuts down the bandwidth and speed on our Verizon 3G Wifi to slower than dial up. It is purely the location, as when he takes it to the clinic and uses it during his dialysis treatment, it has great speed. We love our new location though - and it is much more affordable so far. We tried to have a regular Internet cable put in and was told they could not service it because we do move the motor home almost daily between dialysis and follow up doctors appointments. So to get good Internet again - we need to buy a car! This may take a little while! So if you aren't seeing me on line very often, this is the reason.
As always, doing the best we can with what we've got. And you know - I don't actually need Internet to write or draw...although I do need it to share it with you, dear readers. I'm sure I'll find a way ;)