Sunday, November 29, 2009

Hoping for a better December

Warning: This blog contains whining, please proceed with caution.

This fall has been pretty awful. For those new to the blog I broke my wrist last May and it just started feeling pretty good by September. Then I threw my back out by trying to get back into shape (too much, too soon).

At the beginning of October just as I was recovering from my back, I got incredibly sick, like H1N1 sick. Two weeks to recover from that. Then I went to the dentist, had a root canal at the end of October and have been in pain ever since.

Three weeks ago, I sprained my knee (ACL, MCL sprain and a miniscal tear - no soccer for me until at least January). On Friday I just found out another tooth has died and I need another root canal. So basically the last three months have kind of sucked.

On the bright side; I wrote a query letter I like, finished my synopsis, which I have been putting off forever, and am on my very last round of edits before sending off to some lucky agent. I also wrote 21,000 words on a new project, and since my current project is a potential four book series, I wrote a one paragraph synopsis for each of the next three books.

My point. If I can accomplish all of that while going through a sore back, tooth pain, and a bad knee, think what the possibilities will be when I'm happy, healthy, and pain free.

Looking forward to December.

30 comments:

Susan R. Mills said...

You go girl! I've missed the blogging thing, so I thought I'd stop by to say hey. I hope December is everything you wish it to be.

Paul Greci said...

Wow. It's amazing what you accomplished with your writing when you had all those other things going on. You are determined. Very inspiring I wish you luck with querying.

Tabitha Bird said...

The world is your patti. Heres to a healthy happy Dec and 2010.

JKB said...

Hear, Hear!!

Jody Hedlund said...

Oh, Wow! You have had a terrible 3 months! But that's so awesome you kept persevering and accomplished so much with your writing! Writing is great medicine!

Candice said...

Man, what a series of unfortunate events! It sounds like you've had enough injuries to last you a decade. I hope you feel better soon!

Patti said...

Susan: Hope you had a good week off.

Paul: Thanks for the well wishes.

Tabitha & Jen: I couldn't agree more.

Jody: I'm really finding that, in fact I didn't do much this week and I think that needs to change.

Candice: I hope that's the end.

Carolyn V. said...

Wow! Will all that awfulness, you've accomplished so much! I am impressed.

I feel for you on the root canals. I had two this year. I hope the next few months will be better.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

What a painful series of unfortunate events! :) I'm with you, though. I have spent a total of 10 hours with my regular dentist and have my 3rd round of root canals scheduled for this Wednesday! Ugh! :)
www.shannonkodonnell.blogspot.com

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

Hey, Patti! I really hope you feel better soon!

I like your bright side a lot. It sounds like you're making a lot of awesome progress in writing. You're right--accomplishing so much in trials definitely gives hope to the future!

Patti said...

Carolyn: At this point I'm welcoming the root canal if it means an end to the pain in my mouth.

Shannon: I totally feel for you.

Kristen: I hope its a sign of things to come.

lotusgirl said...

It has been my experience that once the injuries start coming they don't stop. But I find I can get a lot of writing done through some injuries and sicknesses. I hope you get to feeling better soon though.

Patti said...

Lois: It could have been a blessing because I wasn't spending any time exercising or running around. Not good for my waistline, mind you, but good for my writing.

strugglingwriter said...

December will be better. You can quote me on that.

Mim said...

I hope that you get a better December. You have been through a lot in the last few months. It always seems like those types of things go in batches, so hopefully you should be good to go for the next little while.

Good luck on the querying process. It is so scary, but exciting at the same time!

Kasie West said...

Having suffered through a broken wrist, I feel for you. Not to mention all the other things you've been through. Yuck! Yes, when you're in full health the world won't be able to stop you.

Dawn Simon said...

You definitely have had some tough stuff to go through. It's great that you can still see the positives even when the chips are down. I hope the bad things are now out of the way. :)

Stephanie Faris said...

Sorry for the rough fall! But if it makes you feel better, having paragraphs for your next books are a wise idea. My book is first in a series and one of the first things my agent asked, after I signed with her, was whether or not I had an idea for what the next books would be. So I had to rush to get outlines together.

Robyn Campbell said...

Patti, I am sorry for all the bad junk, but at least you got writing done. Silver lining?? :)

I hope that December is much kinder to Patti. And NO more tooth problems. They're the absolute worst. :)

Cammie said...

I actually found this to be a very inspiring and optimistic post - not at all whiny!

ORION said...

Hey all authors whine. It's in their contract so you might as well start now. Plus all those experiences can go into your books lol!

Katie Ganshert said...

Wow - that's awesome that you were able to accomplish all that despite the sickness and injuries! I hope December treats you better!

Lisa and Laura said...

Congrats on all the writerly progress! And for the record, whining is totally part of the job description. You're *ahem* in good company.

Jessica said...

Oh my goodness, Patti. :-( You poor thing!
I hope December is way better for you.
Also, it might make you feel good to know that I have had no major upheavals and yet you wrote way more wordage than me. So Congrats!! You sound like you have a great attitude, and a great work ethic.
:-)

Patti Lacy said...

Just HAD to say hi to another "Patti" writer who knows how to spell the name right!!!

Hope you stop by my new blog (yes, started in NOVEMBER, that crazy month), and say hi.

www.pattilacy.com/blog

Natalie said...

You poor, poor thing! I'm super impressed by your progress despite your physical yuckiness though. May December be pain and sickness free AND productive. :)

Victoria Dixon said...

Well done and well said! Sometimes our characters are not the only people who need obstacles. ;D

lotusgirl said...

I've given up on my waistline until I get this book finished. I have an author friend who always gains weight when he writes and then takes it off when the book is finished. Sometimes he will fluctuate 30-40 pounds.

Victoria Dixon said...

Lotus Girl, is your friend Orson Scott Card? I know he does that. I find it too difficult to get it off and too easy to put on. I can't imagine doing it as a roller coaster ride. ;D

Patti said...

30-40 pounds, that's crazy, it would be hard to sit down and write knowing you will gain weight.