While I wrote a quick 40 thousand words on second installment of The Balance (The Wastelands and the Wilderness), I got distracted by several things, some health related and some project related. I’ve looked at the manuscript a few times but never felt much like writing again.
In the meantime, I wound up having two surgeries this past year, one in March (a minor surgery) and then open heart surgery in December. I’m largely recovered, although I do have rehab to go through.
I’ve decided to redo my kitchen this year and have been collecting the tools I’ll need to build the custom cabinets. The tools alone are probably enough to buy new standard cabinets, but I need to make better use of the space in my relatively small galley kitchen, thus I intend to make deeper than normal cabinets and to put a deeper than normal countertop on them. Additionally, I plan to switch from an electric range to a gas range. This does not mean I won’t begin writing.
I do read when not writing and have read several good books. I like the storytelling ability of Robin McKinley, and I also reread the His Dark Matter trilogy, which I consider a masterpiece. There are other books I’ve read. I tend to be reading some book or another all the time—not continuously, of course.
Another project this past year was adopting a Labrador puppy (Kooper), this included having to clear space and terrace to build a protective kennel, as well as erecting a 6-foot fence around the back yard. I also made a space inside the house for him and put in a doggy door (for when I’m here). It saves me from constantly opening and closing the storm door to the back yard.
I’m hoping this coming year is better for me health-wise, and also that I get more writing done.