Sunday, June 24, 2018

Vertigo


One of my goals this year was to write the next Leah Norwood mystery. I had a general idea of the story, who the killer would be, and who Leah would need to help. The first few chapters went okay but slowly. Then I had some things happen at my day job that made finding time to write difficult. I got back on track and made some progress with the book, but three weeks ago I started experiencing vertigo and it will not go away.

I’ve been dealing with vertigo episodes for the past 15 years. I say I have 3 levels. Level 1 is when it’s there in the background. I feel it occasionally especially if I move too fast. It’s just kind of hovering around. Level 2 is when I feel it all the time. I have to move slowly but can still function. It’s just exhausting, and it takes me so long to do anything. My normal morning routine goes from 45 minutes to well over an hour. Level 3 is when I can’t really do anything. I typically just have to stay in bed or sit in a chair. It’s no fun at all.

Since June 9, I’ve been fluctuating between levels 1 and 2. I had one day last week when I thought it was all gone, but it came back the next day. Yesterday was bad, but I feel much better today.

If you have ever experienced it, I know you understand what I mean. To me, this is one of the craziest “illnesses.” I, mean, I don’t look sick. I look normal. I’ve been to doctors and always get the same answer – there is no cure. I’ve tried the exercises, and one doctor did prescribe some medication. I don’t think it helps, but it’s hard to judge. Am I feeling better because of the pill or just because the vertigo is less?

As I’m feeling better today, I’m going to try to get some work done. I’m determine to finish this book! I hope you all are having a great weekend. Enjoy your Sunday.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Book Clubs

I recently saw Book Club. It was a cute movie - funny and sweet. It got me to thinking about book clubs. I have only been in one myself. Years ago I was teaching at a two-year college, and a couple of teachers tried to start a book club with some of our students. It didn’t go over very well, and we only meet a few times. I believe it was just the wrong environment.

In our world today, we don’t need to meet in person to be part of a book club. There are thousands, if not millions, of online or virtual book clubs. Goodreads has a list with close to 25,000 groups. There is a website, https://www.my-bookclub.com/, that allows you to search for and join clubs as well as creating one of your own. Celebrities have book clubs. Emma Watson started Our Shared Shelf, a feminist book club. And, of course, the big one – Oprah.

I’m not part of any book club, but reading about this has gotten me interested. I am considering starting one or maybe just joining one. I have a short four question survey below. I would love your feedback.

Happy reading!


Friday, June 1, 2018

Happy June 2018

According to Days of the Year, June is Iced Tea month. I'm from Texas so, as it is with most southern states, iced tea is a staple. I like mine sweet but without lemon. How about you?