Weekly Recap – August 16th, 2013

Wow. It’s been over a month since my last Weekly Recap, so I guess that would make this post my first Monthly Recap.

Lots has happened.

First and foremost, a close friend that some of us know through blogging recently lost his father. I don’t want to name him out of respect, but his week has definitely been a heavy one. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

As for me, that recent news has put my own medical issues in perspective and made me realize that sometimes, I’m just a big baby. It’s unfortunate that it takes something like that for an attitude adjustment, but then I think back to losing a dear aunt to cancer a couple of years ago and going through the same process.

We have such short memories and we get wrapped up in our worlds, it’s easy to lose perspective. Overall, my pain has subsided for the moment and my doctors are having me take a “wait and see” approach.

And I never thought I’d say this, but the day job has actually been a useful distraction.

I was in just-a-little-bit-humid Omaha most of last week. The weather was surprisingly tolerable for August, but much sweat and tears were exuded anyway. My fellow engineers and I unboxed and put together a lot of new computer networking equipment for our upcoming service migration. For a cubicle jockey like me, three 14-hour days of manual labor in another time zone works wonders for keeping the mind occupied.

I’ll be returning there next Thursday for the first part of our cutover, working through the weekend to ensure the rest of the employees can do their job on Monday morning. After that, I may be out there for another week or three as we complete the job.

With all of that said, what about writing?

I’m starting to get back to it and as of Sunday, I decided to keep track of my wordcount progress. I really wish I would have started this earlier, but better late than never. Included in the counts are all of my fiction and non-fiction writings, even reviews I leave on Yelp! Why not? It’s still writing.

My latest fiction focus has been on Daughter of Fortitude, my short story submission for the upcoming Clive Barker Nightbreed anthology. I’m making progress and hoping to have something I can submit to my online critique group, OWW (Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Online Writing Workshop), by the end of this month.

I hope you all are doing well and have exciting or relaxing weekends to look forward to. I’ve missed communicating with you guys and will try to get back to reading your excellent blogs once again.


0 thoughts on “Weekly Recap – August 16th, 2013

  1. Has it really been a month…wow! The summer is going so fast my head is spinning.

    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend’s father, Phillip. He’ll certainly be in my prayers. I can’t imagine how difficult that would be.

    Speaking of surprisingly tolerable weather in August, it’s 70’s degrees today in Charlotte and the forecast is the same through the weekend. Unfortunately these cooler temperatures have brought rain, but that’s okay, it makes for good writing weather.

    I’m happy to hear you’re making progress on your short story…keep up the good work. Have a terrific weekend, Phillip!

    1. It’s crazy how time flies these days! Thanks for checking in Jill and I’m glad to hear you’ll have some excellent writing weather coming your way. Gotta take advantage while you can. Have a terrific weekend as well!

  2. Nice update. Glad you had a diversion. too bad it was work, but hey anything that works.

    1. Thanks John. I guess beggars can’t be choosers.

      1. Or workers can’t be beggars

  3. Diversions are sometimes the best things for a worried mind. I am still hopeful that you get the best news possible in the end.

    1. Thank you Andra. Finger crossed here as well, but in the end, I will try to make the best of any news.

  4. Wow. Sorry for your friend’s loss. My thoughts and prayers go with that family. And listen: you’re not a big baby. Chronic pain isn’t easy to deal with.

    Yeah, isn’t it amazing how this summer if flying by?? Here it is the 16th of August!!!! Glad to hear about your progress on Daughter of Fortitude.

    1. Thanks for the comment Marie. Well, maybe I exaggerated a bit about being a big baby, but it’s good to get perspective every once in awhile. 🙂 Hope you’re doing well and the writing is moving forward.

  5. I agree, this summer has been zipping by. Glad you had a distraction to help you through rough times. 🙂

    1. Thanks Jae! Distractions can be good sometimes, I guess. 🙂

  6. I’m entering the conversation a little late, so I’m not sure exactly what your health situation is, but I can relate to your perspective in dealing with it. I’m going through my own life-altering health issue and that angst heightens the awareness of all that is good in life (that we take for granted when EVERYthing is good) and enhances our empathy for others who are struggling. Prayers for you and your friend this week, Phillip – including thanks that you are in a pain-free (or less pain) period. Love that you’re writing throughout!

    1. Thank you for the great comment Shel. Your point about heightening awareness of all those things we take for granted is so spot on. It makes me think about all of the obstacles us writers are supposed to throw at our characters and how that parallels reality… we do that because adversity helps reveal what’s truly important.

  7. Sounds like you’re balancing everything with aplomb, Phillip. Not always easy to do, especially when there’s a health issue on the table. I’m sure you find, like I do, that writing is a good way to withdraw from the fray sometimes. Best to you.

    1. Thanks for the moral support Kevin. The writing, among other things, has definitely helped steer my focus elsewhere.

  8. I agree you should count even your reviews! I even count my blog comments and twitter posts. (Not the total, but just a small amount of credit for doing what I typically don’t enjoy doing, but what I know I need to be doing.)

    Keep the faith, bro!

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