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Monday, March 12, 2007

YAY! No surgery!

Monday. Again. Already. And I only wrote 2,200 words over the weekend. I needed to write at least 3,000...

Confession: I read two JR Ward novels over the week/weekend, too. I'm sucked in to the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, and I don't even like paranormals. D'oh!!!

The highlight of my day today was watching a video made from a special CT scan of my own head. I watched from the top of my skull down through my brain, sinuses, mouth etc. It was really cool to see my eyeballs appear out of the depths. They really are round. I could see my optic nerves. Everything. Funky! And, yes, I do have a brain. That was a relief to see.

The purpose of the scan was to see if I need to have yet another sinus surgery, and the answer thankfully is no. That's a huge relief.

I went in to the office today planning to pound out a cover story about a group of local midwives who were helping to train women to deliver babies in Afghanistan who had to leave Afghanistan due to the crumbling situation there and who are now helping deliver babies in refugee camps in Soroti, Uganda. But I didn't get a chance to write a word. Too much mayhem.

I did go to the gym, however, and spent 30 minutes on the treadmill watching hopelessly depressing news on the TV. Someone's always dying somewhere.

I see that the news story I blogged about below has finally made it on to CNN and other national news programs. I'm surprised it took so long. My son is handling it all better now. He's pretty disgusted by the whole thing and feels the kids will get what they deserve.

I also didn't get to do a thing on the whistleblower case. The whistleblower was supposed to drop by a bunch of documents and didn't. I know this person (no gender here) intends to do it and suspect s/he got waylaid or sidetracked by other things. Once I get those documents, I'm going to have to do a crash course in understanding them.

Nikki, I just had to say that your post was incredibly touching. Thanks so much. The truth is, that even if I wanted to write in a different way, there's only so far a person can stretch their own voice before they just start faking it. My goal when I write is to make the characters feel real, so if they feel real to you, then I'm succeeding, at least where you're concerned. Thanks so much for taking the time to post! And come out to play more often if you can. :-)

Ronlyn, welcome back! Glad you got the books!

Debbie H, I hope there've been no more tornado warnings. Scary that you have to live with that.

OK, I'm headed off for a latte (some friends got me a Starbuck's gift card for my non-birthday) and then more Marc and Sophie.

8 comments:

Ronlyn said...

YAY for no surgery!! What a relief that must be. And double YAY for going to the gym!! Keep it up!
I'm glad Ben is handling things better now that the shock has worn down a bit. Those are the types of stories you hear about and think "OMG, how terrible/tragic/stupid, etc" never thinking about the fact that these people were known and had friends and aquaintances who would be shocked to discover they could do such a thing (or be part of such a thing as the case may be.) It's an utterly horrifying situation.

YAY for getting 2200 words out for Marc & Sophie. I really think we're needing a sneak peek...don't you? ;)
And thank you again for the books. Scott is so impressed wtih my friends today. I got a package of books, several cards, a floral arraingment and a potted plant. It's always so nice to know you are remembered and thought of. (((hugs)))
I'd better run and put my 3 year old to bed. He's bouncing off the walls still trying to adjust to being back home. Every time he sees the cat he runs after her yelling, "I love you KITTY!!!" LOL.

Oh, and enjoy the Starbucks! It's my fav. I have to hold myself back since there's one right downstairs from my office. *G*

Rosie said...

That's really good news that you don't have to have surgery. What a relief!!

I knew you'd get sucked into the JR Ward books. They are so awesome!!!

I did get to read about the news story about the teens. I still can't believe the whole thing, especially putting it out there for the world wide web to see. And I'm so glad that Ben is handing this whole thing now. It's gotta be hard on him, especially knowing one of them.

Very cool having the Starbucks gift card. Those are the best gifts. I try to treat myself once or twice a week. Otherwise, I'd be broke. LOL!!

Hugs!!

Debbie H said...

Pamela,I'm not afraid of no stinking tornadoes!! *LOL* I'm prepared and when you are prepared, there's less fear!

So glad you don't have to have surgery. Too bad they can't turn the treadmill away from the tv's. Get some good music and ignore the tv. Poor Benj, that has got to be rough having known the kids.
You have been hooked by the books, huh? That's ok, sometimes they help feed your creative drive. I do agree, we need a sneak peek at Marc and Sophie's goings on. Please?

That is so cool about the midwives training the others. Too, bad it got too dangerous for them. Babies come regardless of war or disasters. I can't imagine being in labor and hearing bombs or gunfire, so scary!!

I agree with everyone, those are the best gifts when you get gift cards from your favorite places.

{{{Hugs}}}

Tammy said...

Pamela ,
BELATED HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Glad to hear no surgery for you!
Son is home today with a sinus infection just came back from DR's.
I fourth that motion for a sneak peek. Glad Sophie and Marc are coperating (sp?)with you.The teen story made it here in the newspaper. It is tragic it makes you wonder if the world is really goingto H@#LLin a hand basket. Glad Ben is doing better with it. I too have been sucked into the Brotherhood.
I can't wait for Vishou's story.
Off to check on the Kiddo

A sneak peek at Marc and Sophie...

OK, you're all on. I'll try to figure out what to post later tonight, if I'm not stuck in J-Hole (read below for official definition).

Right now I'm writing hard on deadline for the cover story.

Nice chatting w/ you, Kristi. :-)

Libby Loo said...

You're just full of great news today! I'm really excited to read the excerpt, you rock for sharing it with us.

That story is just giving me the creeps. The more I learn, the sicker it makes me. I'm glad Ben is taking it better now.

The story about the midwives sounds so wonderful, I hope I can catch it when it's published. People who put their lives on the line like that to help others are just amazing.

XOXOXO

Ronlyn said...

WOO HOO!!!!
*Doing a happy dance around my desk.*
I love sneak peeks!
(ok, the dance could have something to do with this latte I'm drinking too...LOL)

What a good day.

Oh! Oh! A sneak peak of Marc and Sophie! WOOHOO! That made my day.

Thank God no surgery! That's great news. It must have been cool to see inside your head though... hehe!

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