Catching Up! #News #Updates

Hi, Everybody!

Since I announced my “resignation” from Story Empire (a sad & difficult decision on my part, believe me), I thought I should give you guys a heads up on what’s going on in my life right now.

First, my health issues have taken up a lot of time lately. Not going to go into a lot of icky and mostly uninteresting details, other than to say the two biggest issues have been the recent surgery on my ear, and my suddenly out of control diabetes. On the first, I’m happy to say that I’ve been able to forgo the bandage over the open surgery site in my ear, and it is “granulating in” properly. (A term for leaving a wound open and letting it heal on its own from the bottom up.) Yeah, it will be somewhat unattractive scar, but it’s an EAR. Who cares, as long as the skin cancer is gone and hopefully, THIS TIME, for good.Β 

Second, my blood sugar issues are being addressed, and are gradually improving in direct correlation to my lowering stress levels. YAY! So my health was first thing I said I was going to focus on, and wanted to let you know I’m doing just that.

Also on my list was this blog. I’ve been on an extended blog break for nearly 4 weeks (in case you hadn’t noticed), but that’s coming to an end. Now that my time is a bit more flexible, I plan to bring back all my regular features, a bit at a time. I’ve already got 3 people scheduled for #GuestDayTuesday in January, and I’ll soon be ready to set up more. I’m also bringing back #FirstLineFriday, as several of you have asked me about it. Look for it soon. But next week, I’ll be returning withΒ  #WildlifeWednesday. I had already mostly finished the next in the series before I had to take that break, so I can get that one up pretty quickly. Also returning over the weeks will be #MondayMemes (on writing related topics), #ThorsdaySmile (on whatever funnies I find that I’d like to share), #ExcerptWeek, and a couple of new features that I’ll try to run a couple of times a month.Β 

Bottom line is, I hope you’ll bear with me as The Write Stuff slowly but steadily comes back to life again. You know, I’ve been blogging nearly 20 years (since before they were actually called “blogs!”) and that’s the first break I ever had to take. But I’m glad I did. It let me take time to figure out what I wanted to do going forward, and now I’m ready and eager to begin the process.

Again, look for #WildlifeWednesday to return next Wednesday, 12/23, if all goes well. In the meantime, in honor of #ThorsdaySmile, here’s a meme or two for your viewing pleasure. (My thanks to all who share these funnies on a regular basis!)

Enjoy, and stay tuned: More Good Stuff Coming Soon!

61 thoughts on “Catching Up! #News #Updates

    • Thanks, Jeanne. I feel like I’m going to be able to get a handle on my life again, anyway. And I think I’ll be able to focus on healthy, writing, and blogging again, without overdoing things. Glad you enjoyed the memes. πŸ˜€ And thanks for taking a moment to tell me, too! πŸ˜€

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    • Thanks, Darlene! I think I’m getting a handle on it all, now, and things should be getting easier going ahead. And I’m glad you’re looking forward to the resumption of some fun posts. Merry Christmas hugs back atcha! πŸ™‚ ❀

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    • Thanks so much, Bill. Yeah, it’s easy to discover you’re in way over your head with far more than you can handle, physically or mentally. And my resilience ain’t what it used to be! πŸ˜€ Thanks for your well wishes, and happy holidays to you, too! πŸ™‚

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    • Was that YOU peeking over the top of that eight ball???? πŸ˜€ Thanks for your understanding, John. I don’t want to find myself there again, either. I’m going to step lightly and proceed slowly, and any other “careful sounding” adverbial phrases I can find. πŸ˜€ And who knows? I might even squeeze in some R&R (Reading & Relaxation) in there somewhere, too.

      Thanks for stopping by! Looking forward to having you visit TWS after the first of the year. Any time! πŸ™‚

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  1. Oh I just love the funnies!
    Great to hear you are getting on top of the health issues, and it’ll be wonderful to have the Write Stuff back up to strength. Blogging for 20 years? I didn’t know blogs even EXISTED 20 years ago! Congratulations for keeping at it that long!

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    • They weren’t called blogs 20 years ago. They were forums and “bulletin boards,” but the format was similar and you had members who could drop in and post as they wished. Then it all evolved a bit and, the next thing you know, we had a Blogosphere! πŸ˜€

      I really love blogging, so I do hope to get this back up to speed here again. But I’m going to proceed slowly so I don’t end up in the same place again.

      Glad you enjoyed the funnies, Debby. I’ll be featuring them a lot more often in the weeks ahead. Hopefully weekly, if I’m doing well. Thanks so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

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  2. You’ve been blogging for over 20 years, Marcia. That’s incredible. Diabetes is an ongoing thing for my husband. He is extremely disciplined. My mom almost got her foot amputated, as suggested by the doctor, but we just want the doctor to give her morphine for the pain.

    I’m glad you took care of yourself and now feeling better. Doing what you love to do in a flexible way seems manageable.

    Wishing you a safe and healthy and Merry Christmas! ❀

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    • Sorry to hear about your mom’s problems, Miriam. I’m disciplined with mine, too, and have been managing it very well for about 18 months or so (since my diagnosis). I don’t cheat. Ever. But stress can seriously impact your glucose levels, due to cortisol being released into your system. That’s what we think has caused my current problems. And I’m working on it, with promising results already. πŸ™‚

      Not quite 20 years with blogging, but close. πŸ™‚ I really enjoy it, most of the time.

      Thanks for the holiday wishes, and I hope you have a great one, too! πŸ™‚

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      • People would love at the way my husband and I eat a pie. We ate a piece of half an inch thick at a time once a day. The pie lasts much than a week. The processed sugar keeps me awake so I’m not a dessert person. It works well for us.

        Merry Christmas πŸŒ²β›„πŸŽ„ again, Marcia!

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        • Whatever works, Miriam. I have not had sugar (ice cream, pie, cake, doughnuts, etc) even one time in over a year and a half, and I eat a VERY low carb diet. My sugar levels responded very well, so my doctor was quite happy. But stress can (and did) undo all my work, and sugar crashes can make you fall down and go boom. Been there, done that, have the memory loss issues to prove it. And I think I got the t-shirt, too. Maybe. (Memory loss, you know. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ )

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          • I understand, Marcia. Stress does many bad things to our mind and body. It’s not like pain that we can feel it. We only suffer the side effects of it. I’m glad you identified it that caused problems to your health. You’re extremely disciplined. My mother-in-law is doing the same thing. Take care. Merry Christmas πŸŽ„β˜ƒοΈ to you.

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            • My father died from kidney failure caused by ignoring his diabetic diet. As soon as I found out, I vowed that though I don’t know how I’ll be departing this mortal coil, it won’t be because I failed to follow my doctor’s instructions. I’m not all that disciplined about everything, believe me, but this was something I found I could handle, simply by reminding myself that the alternative could be grim. So far, so good. Until stress came along and made my body go crazy. 😦 But I’m getting that under control, too. Will be reporting back on how meditation and other tricks can help. πŸ˜€ Different things work for different folks, so I won’t be preachy about it. πŸ˜€

              Happy Holidays, Miriam! πŸ™‚ And all the best in 2021!

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    • I was diagnosed about 18 months ago (it was what caused my awful fall), and I’ve been managing beautifully, until recently. The doctor and I think it’s stress, which can wreak havoc with blood sugar, no matter what other measures you’re taking. Hence my decision to slow down. I do think it’s improving already, and my numbers are showing good results. Thanks for your well wishes, Robbie. πŸ™‚

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  3. Well, what better way to announce your return to a blog so ancient it wasn’t even a blog, than these wonderful funnies. Hope the sugar levels settle – I love your wildlife posts and am looking forward to the next one, just don’t push it if your system’s not quite ready. I can be very patient. Sometimes. ❀

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    • Thanks, Trish. Oh, this blog only goes back 7 years, to right after I wrote Wake-Robin Ridge. But I had early blogs on gardening (Who’s Your Granny) and on Book Reviews (Bookin’ It) and then early forays before they called ’em blogs. πŸ˜€ I love blogging. I just needed to slow down a bit, and hopefully focus on this one, along with my writing, while my health improves.

      So glad you’re looking forward to my next #WildlifeWednesday post. It will be a sort of companion to the bald eagle post, only about ospreys this time. Then will move on to some furry critters. πŸ˜€ And thanks for your patience. Sometimes. πŸ˜€ ❀

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  4. Slowly but surely is the best way, Marcia, and I’m glad things are progressing well. I had no online presence whatsoever until about 8 years ago, so I’m amazed. You’re a pioneer, Marcia! Take lots of care and thanks for the funnies!

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    • You’re welcome, Olga. And I had a lot of fun way back then. Met a ton of nice folks interested in history and took part in some great get-togethers. I wasn’t writing way back then (painting instead, actually) so most of my activities were just for fun.

      I’ll be doing all I can to de-stress and take better care of myself, so don’t worry about me. Have a great holiday! πŸ™‚

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  5. Without our health, we have no basis from which to move forward in life. You are doing the right thing to get it all under control. I look forward to your blog posts and sending you all the good JuJu for health and happiness!

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    • Aw, thanks, Jan! I hope things continue to go well for you, too, especially with your new book. And yes to the health thing. That was what finally convinced me I had to slow down to a gentler pace, or I’d come to a sudden stop altogether. And I’m looking forward to more fun posts and guests here on The Write Stuff. πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by today!

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    • Thanks, Joan. I can feel a difference already. And I’m looking forward to learning the meditation tricks that Erin’s going to teach me. I’ll take my time bringing back the features on the blog, but I WILL get some done each week again. Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

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  6. You poor soul. 2020 has delivered one final kick in the pants to you, hasn’t it? I hope 2021 is kinder to you! Good that the steps you’ve taken so far seem to be working, though. Just keep lowering those stress levels! Take care, Merry Christmas, and see you in 21 Marcia!

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    • I’m already breathing easier, Jess! Sometimes we have to accept that we aren’t invincible, untiring powerhouses, and just slow down a bit. I do hope 2021 is kinder to ALL of us! And Merry Christmas to you, as well! πŸ™‚ ❀

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  7. The thing about blogging is it’s always there when you’re ready to come back. I haven’t been doing this for even two years yet, but I can see the necessity of taking breaks. I often say about my teaching career that I would do it all over again in a heartbeat with one exceptionβ€”to look after myself as much as I did my students.

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    • Very good advice, Pete! We need to care for ourselves if we’re to be any good at all to anyone else. I’m already breathing easier and feeling more optimistic, so stepping back a bit is working.

      Thanks so much for stopping by today and taking a moment to say hello! Always nice to hear from you! πŸ™‚

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  8. It does sound like things are calming down for you, Marcia. I’m glad to hear that your health is improving too. Yay! Blogging every day seems like a lot (to me). Ease in slowly, my friend, and don’t be afraid to back off on the busy schedule. I used to take a week off a quarter and in the new year I plan to start that up again. Wishing you a restful holiday and really wonderful new year. We all need it! Hugs. ❀

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    • Thanks so much, Diana. The features may not all appear every single week, as I’m definitely going to be paying attention to my energy level and NOT letting myself stress out over commitments. But I do want to revive several things that I’ve enjoyed over recent years. I’m going to aim for #GuestDayTuesday every week, in order to offer support to my fellow writers. The other features might be every other week, or as I have time to put them together. I’ll be flexible, because I have now experienced what taking on too much can do.

      Thank you so much for your well wishes. I hope your holidays are warm and wonderful, even if quiet, and that 2021 brings us all some peace of mind and happier days! πŸ™‚ ❀

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    • Thanks so much, Sue. I’m doing a lot better already, though I’m still working on more improvement. But I’m seeing results, and that’s a good thing. I’m pretty happy about getting this blog back up to speed, though I probably won’t post every feature weekly. But I can a couple a week and alternate from week to week, so that each one shows up 2 or 3 times a month. That’s what I’m aiming for right now. I think it’s more realistic as I focus on feeling better and NEVER falling down again! Nope. Tried it. Didn’t like it. Not gonna do it any more. πŸ˜€

      Glad you enjoyed the Muppet meme. I liked it, too, even though I’ve never had a Zoom meeting, because … ermmm … it would only be ME attending, and that would just be dumb. πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚

      Thanks so much for stopping by today! Happy Holidays, Sue!!! πŸ™‚ ❀ πŸŽ„πŸŽπŸŽ„

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    • Thanks, Craig. Stepping back from several things has really helped me de-stress, though I’m still working on it. But I’ll get there! And I hope you’ll enjoy the upcoming posts, especially the wildlife ones. I do love sharing those.

      Thanks for stopping by, and hope you’re ready for the holidays. πŸ™‚ πŸŽ„πŸŽπŸŽ„

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  9. Sooooo glad you have your diabetes under control again. It’s nasty stuff and can do real damage. Glad the surgery is done as well.
    I plan to focus on my health during the coming year as well…dealing with chronic pain is no fun, and I think it’s time to “do something about it.” Also, SOMEHOW, I’m going to start waking for exercise again. I am due for a new kind of shots in my feet in February, so that should help with the walking. I will start out slow, but pray I’ll be able to keep It up at least three times a week. I plan to start on this today or tomorrow, depending on the weather.

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    • Excellent plans for the new year, Rae! I hope the shots help and you get going with your walking. I wear a FitBit, which reminds me to get up from my desk every hour and do 250 steps. I can get 3 miles a day here in my house, which helps, because most of the year it’s too hot here for me to walk outside. During the winter, we do try to take some nature hikes which helps, too. But the FitBit holds me accountable, and that’s the motivation I need to do it daily. Something like that might inspire you on those days when you don’t want to make the effort.

      And living with chronic pain is awful. It saps your energy as well as your good cheer, unless you really focus on dealing with it. (Which is different for everyone). Good luck with your health issues, and thanks for congratulating me on mine. I’ve done very well with my diet, but stress just snuck in there and knocked me for a loop. But I’m ON IT! πŸ˜€

      Thanks for stopping by, Merry Christmas, and HAPPY NEW YEAR! (Hopefully one where you get a walking routine that works for you established and can keep up with it.) Good luck! πŸ™‚

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