Success!

Just trimmed my synopsis down from 2 paragraphs to 1 sentence.

Saman Jahandar is reading a book she wrote thousands of years before she was born in a desperate attempt to figure out how her missing classmate ended up dead in her book.

Are there lots of other things I can add? Of course! But that, right there, captures what drives my book.

I kind of feel like a rock star right now.

Might celebrate with some fancy tea.

Livin’ large, folks!

Livin’ large.

Breakthrough

Today has been one of those days. One of those very, very good days.

I had a chance to chat with my college roommate about some really deep ideas, and I finally figured out my antagonists. I’ve had a loose idea of what my antagonists were up to for a long time, but it always came back to plain old world domination.

And that’s boring.

I wanted to know why. Why were these people after world domination. Sure, some people go for world domination just for the power, but I knew there was more to what was making my antagonists tick.

As George RR Martin says, “A villain is a hero of the other side.”

Life is full of grey areas.

Next Steps

It’s a funny thing when you let your story stew for a while. I think some people see stories as static. If you don’t actively work on them for a while, they just sit there.

Not so!

With everything that’s happened in my life over the last year, I haven’t written much. But my story has been through innumerable changes. The biggest shift being that it’s gone from being more fantasy focused to having a heavier time travel element.

That’s a massive shift.

It’s going to take me time to rework everything, but all of the work I did before isn’t wasted. I have literal boxes full of source material. Even though I haven’t been able to write prose, I’ve been working on character development.

I love working on character development.

One of my favorite things with writing is when I have strong characters and a general outline for a scene. Then, I can just throw my characters into the moment and “watch” what they do.

Next up?

I need to get a more detailed idea of what my bad guys are up to!

Where Were We?

Oh yes… Rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis. Safe to say, it’s been an adventure! Shortly after that diagnosis, I took a job selling makeup. Super fun! It’s been keeping me busy.

But I’m back!

Yay.

Elements of Time is still rumbling around in my head and on bits of paper stuffed in notebooks. Continue reading

In The Weeds

For the past few weeks, I haven’t been writing or blogging. Thankfully, it’s not writer’s block. It’s more personal.

After years of seeing specialists and enduring countless diagnostic tests, I was finally diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

In so many ways, it’s a relief. And a vindication. For years, my primary doctor and I were convinced that there was something systemic and persistent wrong with me, but so many specialists treated me like I was nothing more than an overly-sensitive, dramatic female. My blood tests were normal, so clearly I was fine, right? 

Except I wasn’t. 

And I had the fevers to prove it. 

God bless my allergist, he wasn’t satisfied with things either. He ran a number of new tests, and one of those came back abnormal. Twice. It wasn’t enough to diagnose anything, but it proved that something truly was wrong. My primary doctor was tired of dealing with specialists who didn’t take my case seriously, so he sent me to see the Chief of Rheumatology for a major hospital. 

My new rheumatologist is amazing. He’s higher ranking than any rheumatologist I’ve seen, but he has shown the most compassion and concern. For a year, he’s seen me once a month. For the past two months – as my symptoms flared up despite strong medications – he’s been on the phone with me once a week. And with the data he collected by sticking with me all that time, he was finally able to diagnose Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Vindication!

And lots of homework. The past few weeks have been taken up with appointments, research, insurance paperwork, and jumping through hoops with a specialty pharmacy.

I’ve been in the weeds for a bit.

I’ve still got a few more hurdles to tackle, but I’m itching to get back to my writing as soon as possible. It’s a compulsion for me, and the best therapy I know.

See you back here soon!