Can it be February already?

I can’t believe it’s 2nd February, 1/12th of the way through 2017 already.

Usually in January, I blog about plans for the year, mainly writing plans, or like last year LACK of writing plans. But always about writing. But this year nothing.

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And as King Lear said to Cordelia: ‘Nothing will come of nothing.’

What’s my excuse, although as my old headmistress used to say: ‘That might be a reason, but it’s not an excuse.’? The main one is the debilitating effects from the drugs I’m taking. In fact, so much so, I’ve been taken off one of the drugs. The trouble is that it’s the key one for fighting myeloma, so I’m not sure how things will progress from now on, having had a good response so far. The second trouble is that the side effects are continuing, the pain relief I’ve been given has the scariest set of COMMON side effects – that is more than one in ten people – you’ve ever seen.

So, no blog. I don’t know if some of you are following Steve Hewlett‘s story. (I’ve posted a link but do google him and you’ll find lots about his story. He’s a journalist and presents the media show on Radio 4, and last March he was diagnosed with stage 4 oesophageal cancer. He is sharing his cancer story, and he is inspirational. He has a weekly spot on Radio 4’s PM where he chats with Eddie Mair about the latest ups and downs in his journey. Yesterday Eddie Mair had to go to the hospital to make the broadcast as Steve Hewlett is being treated after a setback.

He makes me feel a wimp, but he also inspires me with his wit, analysis of his situation, calm reflection but with an undercurrent of emotion to be more positive. I have to put it into practice!

I had another small fillip last week. Someone with whom I have only a slight acquaintance send me a card: Having only just realised you have a third book out, I decided to make ‘The Broken’ Road’ my New Year reading. You certainly have the skill of writing an absorbing and thought-provoking story, or should I say another. (He then said something which I can’t include as it would give some of the plot away>) With the exception of Eugene, I felt I got to know the characters well and was on tenterhooks to learn how things panned out for them.

That card meant so much, and I hope I will find the energy, motivation and focus – all in short supply at the moment – to write again.

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  1. Sue Ablett says:

    Was thinking about you today so good to hear from you – via blog – but sorry that you’re still having such a rough time. Sun shining at the moment – hope things start to pick up for you soon. Sue

  2. Polly says:

    I have been following Steve Hewlett, and you’re right, he’s a most inspiring man–but then, you’re an inspiring woman! Wimp? What’s that?

  3. Lynne Powell says:

    And still you write with such style and verve, even when you’re “not writing”! Very good to hear from you, Lindsay. Looking forward to the next novel…

  4. Lindsay says:

    Thanks, Sue. Not sure where you are, but there’s no sun in Evesham! I keep hoping things will get better, but then something else comes along. Still hoping.

  5. Lindsay says:

    Aah, Polly, what a lovely thing to say – thank you.

  6. Lindsay says:

    That does my heart good, Lynne. Thank you so much.

  7. Deb creed says:

    Hi Lindsay, so lovely to see your blog in my inbox! I for one have missed your updates and thoughts! I will look up Steve Hewlett x

  8. Lindsay says:

    Thanks so much, Debbie. It’s encouraging to know the blog has been missed. It motivates me to write more.

  9. Pauline Holt says:

    Hi Lindsay
    It was lovely to see you pop up on Facebook again. I have been wondering how you were progressing. Sorry the news is not better but hope things get better for you soon x

  10. Lindsay says:

    Thanks for the good wishes, Pauline.

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