Hey everybody! Happy late Thanksgiving! Christmas season is upon us, but first, I wanted to share the things that I'm most grateful for this year.
I'm thankful for all the progress I've made in
my mental and physical health.
I'm thankful for the decision I made to
become an editor.
I'm thankful for all the work I've been able to
accomplish on CUCUY.
I'm thankful for my friends, my family, and
I'm thankful for the challenges I haven't had to face and for the strength I've been given to get
through the ones I do.
I'm thankful for stories and the way they bind us together. I'm especially thankful for YA lit! And
I'm thankful for the beauty in the universe and in our souls.
I'm thankful for art and artists.
I'm thankful for God's plan for each of us.
I'm thankful for modern technology, especially the Internet and social media.
I'm thankful for modern science, especially medications like antidepressants and gabapentin.
Also, bladder instillations.
I'm thankful for the opportunities and resources I have.
Okay, well, some kind of weirdness is going on with my bout of strep. I guess the antibiotics aren't working? IDK, though. I'm planning to call urgent care again on Monday and see what's up. In the meantime, here's an update on my life, as told through a series of "-ing" verbs!
Eating: a waffle with maple syrup and scrambled eggs, courtesy of my mom
Drinking: water with Miralax (yay IBS)
Wearing: a teal half-sleeve dress
Smelling: nothing in particular
Reading: Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
Writing: this blog post, and not a whole lot else
Listening: to my brother's cat yowling at anyone who walks by
Earworming: (not a verb? too bad, it is now) "Havana" by Camilla Cabello
Watching: Star Trek: Voyager, among other shows
It's been quite a week for me. I spent most of it working (probably over-enthusiastically) on the big project for what will likely be my final class. I finished on Thursday. It's a guide to Internet resources for teens regarding mental health, and you can check it out here! (I learned a ton doing it.)
Then, yesterday, a new story for the chronic illness annals: I went to the dentist. I've been having trouble with bleeding gums and such, which I suspect is the result of my very restricted diet (which just keeps getting worse because my digestive system keeps deciding it's bothered by new things), so the hygienist was examining my gums. Suddenly she said, "Can I look at your throat?"
As she looked, pressing my tongue down with the little mirror tool, her expression went very serious and a little alarmed. "You've got pus spots on your tonsils," she said. "I think you have strep."
I was just as surprised as her. My throat had been hurting for about a week, and I was a bit more tired and headachy than usual, but it hadn't been enough to warrant concern for me. The pain was mild, at least for me, and of course I'm accustomed to feeling sick. The dentist looked and confirmed the spots, and I went to urgent care. I didn't really think it would turn out to be strep, but the doctor there tested and confirmed it. I have strep, and I didn't know it until the dental hygienist looked at my throat.
I had strep a lot when I was younger. I remember having a hard time with the pain even the one time I got strep after my fibro first developed. I suppose after everything I've been through with interstitial cystitis since then (it's an honestly torturous condition), my entire definition of pain has shifted. My tolerance has gone up enough that I perceive pain on a different scale. It happened with the fibro, and I suppose it happened with the IC, too.
I can't believe it's November already! September felt so slow, but October just sped past me.
Last week, I shared some internet tools that could be of use to just about anyone. This week, I wanted to share some tools that writers can use, tools that I, in fact, do use in my writing career. Almost all of these are free, with the exception of the writing conferences and the programs mentioned in the "Writing" section. Check 'em out!
One thing every author needs is people supporting them. Writing communities can be incredibly helpful throughout the entire process. Here are some good resources for a writer looking for their community.
Yeah, yeah, y'all know I'm a big fan. But the first rule of social media is that you shouldn't do it unless you enjoy it! As such, I recommend you give all the big social media sites a try, but then adjust or end your membership if you don't find yourself having fun. Twitter in particular I'd recommend for finding and talking with other writers, but any of them have a writing/bookish community you can be a part of!
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