by Doc Coleman on March 13, 2013 · 2 comments

in Short Stories

Yes, this is a very, very late #WriterWednesday post. In fact, it may not even be Wednesday anymore by the time it goes up. But I think I’ve got some very good reasons for the delay… and some very good news for folks who’ve been waiting for new releases from me. All in all, it has been a very, very busy week.

The big part of the week was preparing for my wife’s knee replacement surgery. She had the surgery today, and she is fine. In fact, I’m writing this from her hospital room while she argues with the charge nurse about the fact that the hospital has screwed up her menu AGAIN. She needs a special bariatric diet, but whenever she’s been in the hospital, they keep trying to feed her all the wrong foods. It never seems to fail.

Whatever we may think about the patient services at this hospital, the surgery went well and they do have a highly regarded joint replacement unit. We expect that she’ll have a pretty good recovery. The fact that she is complaining is actually a good sign. She wouldn’t be this feisty if she didn’t feel pretty good. Ah, the wonders of modern pain management techniques.

So, as I said, most of the week has been preparation for this event. This involved lots of shifting things around at home, making sure that the areas that she is going to need to move through will be accessible to someone using crutches. From what I understand, she won’t be using the crutches to support herself as much as to balance and catch herself if she should totter a bit.

You know, you never realize how much STUFF you have until you have to shift it. And it is surprising the number of things you can stick into a relatively small area when you’re trying to get something out of the way “just for now” and end up not going back to it. Yeah, we had a lot of stuff to move. The cats had great fun after we had cleared the space, rolling on the exposed carpets.

Of course, I did manage to find time to do a few other things. I went to work, and the dayjob continued with their attempts to work me to oblivion. In fact, last Friday night that was pretty much the result. I came home and crashed into bed and didn’t get up until after 8PM. Did almost the same thing on Tuesday, but my wife managed to get me up and moving again around 7 PM.

One of the things that I did manage to squeeze in, was finally getting “Welcome to Paradox” published. I managed to get the text to go through Smashword’s meatgrinder process, although it took a few revisions to get the formats to come out right. I was doubly surprised after submitting a revision this morning to find that, while I was at the hospital, “Paradox” was approved for the premium listings. What does that mean? It means that while you can go to Smashwords and buy “Paradox” now, soon it should show up in the Barnes and Noble and iTunes stores as well. What about Kindle? Well, Kindle used to pull content from Smashwords once upon a time, but I think they stopped that a while ago. That means I’m going to have to submit to Kindle separately, and I just haven’t had time to do that.

Seems like a project for next week.

My major project for the coming week will be helping my wife with her recovery. She will be in the hospital for a few days, then will go home, but will need help around the house for a week or so. Would you like to show support for my wife, and her husband? Take 99 cents and go buy a copy of “Paradox” from Smashwords. Or be extra generous and buy a copy of “The Gift” as well.

Talk to you next week.

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1 Melissa (My words and pages) March 28, 2013 at 9:38 am

Glad your wife is well. Sorry the hospital seems to like to do crazy things with food, but glad the most important part went well. Hope recovery at home, by now seeing I’m late in visiting, is easy for her too. My wishes to her.

Congrats on getting Paradox done and OUT! Woot! That’s a feat in itself. 🙂


2 Doc Coleman March 31, 2013 at 12:26 am

Things at home have had their ups and downs. She’s clearly making progress, but I haven’t been able to do much on my own until now. Even with friends pitching in, I’ve been running short on sleep and usually end up taking what time I get to catch some rest. At least now I’m beginning to be able to catch up on my sleep.



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