CHASING FIREFLIES is off to the editor.
So, how did I spend my time this week?
Starting my next book, of course.
There's a reason why I'm not a cover designer.
It's not my talent.
The example I'm about to show you is NOT the new cover.
This was me just goofing around because I needed a little inspiration as I wrote.
There's something about the look on the man's face, the furrowed eyebrows, the serious expression. It speaks to the new character I'm writing. He's serious, he's quiet, and he's been through some hard times in his life.
I love this stage of writing. It's the creating stage and I love creating new characters.
My father posted the following on Facebook this week:
Update on Cancer:
My symptoms started with minor pain/irritation in the stomach area. It gradually got worse until after 3 months and a few visits to the doc, I couldn't do anything but lie down on one side or the other. Meanwhile I started getting severe back pain.
Abdominal+ back pain are the combined indicators for pancreatic cancer. I'm not sure about pancreatitis/without cancer. The doc (internist) missed these early signs and assured me that I do not have "anything bad, like cancer".
Later, the 2nd gastroenterologist I saw caught it with a CT-scan.
I'm in the middle of chemo-therapy now (toxic, alkaline chemicals taken intravenously to kill cells and shrink the tumor), and it seems to be helping. After chemo, they will scan and evaluate for surgery to remove the tumor and the affected part of the pancreas and the spleen.
I lost my appetite and lost a lot of weight, including fat and muscle. My appetite seems to be coming back - because of the chemo and shrinking tumor??
I also have spots on the lungs that they are watching.
My pain has been totally controlled by morphine tablets. I stay pretty comfortable, sleep a lot, and enjoy all the blessings in my life - which far, far outweigh any cancer or anything else bad.
His post gives me a glimmer of hope.
Perhaps he will beat this cancer!
I truly hope so!
My father is a retired fire chief.
He spent his life fighting to save lives.
Now he's fighting for his own life.
I love these pics my bro-in-law took of him.
That's it for now.
Have a great Monday, everyone!