It's not that 2014 has been totally horrible. I'm alive, I'm in a debatable state of health, but I can get around, and I'm sane. What? Stop laughing. But this year been challenging, and disappointing in some ways. Here are some of the highlights from last December to this December:
Diagnosed with PCOS
Put on medication for PCOS
Had to stop the medication due to side effects
Put on another medication
Got depression as a side effect
Started new medication for depression
Middle son had continuing school issues
Tried and failed at Camp NaNoWriMo in April
Lost a beloved but crazy dog
Summer - always pretty much a loss as far as doing anything productive
School started! Yay!
Middle son transferred to a special school
Still feeling bad but oddly not feeling depressed
Realized my continuing lack of energy/enthusiasm was actually burnout
Started looking for ways to fix burnout
Started getting better
NaNo time! Managed to win and close to finishing the draft!
Post-Nano recovery and holidays/birthdays
This blog post.
That doesn't even get into the fibro and headache issues, or the aggressive meltdown problems with our youngest son. As you can see, it was not an easy year. But I have a roof over my head, food to eat, heat in the winter, and a reasonably reliable instrument for writing, so overall I'm good. Just glad to see the back of 2014.
In continuing the celebration of my birthday week (it was Sunday, which was kind of awful, so I'm taking the whole week instead), I'm hoping to see a movie on the first. Also, if you've read this far you will be rewarded with links to my contemporary novel Bridging The Gaps, the eBook of which is currently on sale for just 99 cents. On Amazon. On Barnes and Noble. On Smashwords (multiple formats available here). If you happen to buy and read Bridging The Gaps, please consider writing a review.
The next post will likely be on Saturday or Sunday for Weekend Writing Warriors. Can't say for sure what I'll be posting, but it will likely be from The DeFord Chronicles, Part II. Either continuing from last week's excerpt, or using my random scrolling method.
If I don't see you again before...Happy New Year! Thanks for being you, and for supporting me through all my challenges and weirdness.
See you in 2015!