Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Falling Ill and Falling Behind


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It's been a while since I've posted. I was busy working on multiple projects, but unfortunately about a month ago I was struck by some mystery ailment that has forced me to put my work on hold. I've undergone multiple medical tests (and even had a hospital stay) and have been told that everything looks fine. And yet, I am sick. I have been having abdominal pains and chest pain, and random shooting pains all throughout my body, which seem to travel around. Some days are better than others. Some days I am so exhausted all I can do is veg out on my couch. It's really frustrating being ill and not knowing why, and wondering if there even is a cause at all, or if it's all anxiety-based, or just "Stacy Syndrome." I experienced a similar illness when I was writing Ordinary World, and I've always worried it would strike again. Well, it has. And I won't lie, it's pretty scary. It'd be less scary knowing what is causing all this so that I could start treatment and work on getting better.

I am sad and disappointed that I have had to put my writing on the back burner for now. I hope to be able to get back to work soon. And yet, I'm realistic, and I know it could be a while. I miss my characters and I want to get their stories down on paper. But, I must take care of my own health. I have been doing quite a bit of reevaluation of my life lately, and making lifestyle changes in an attempt to feel better and get healthy. Hopefully I will start feeling like my old self again one of these days.

Until then, I am still over here, dreaming of my stories, and holding conversations with my characters in my mind, and waiting for the day when I can share them with all of you. Hopefully it will be sooner rather than later. (I'm still hopeful to at least finish illustrating my latest children's story and have it ready for a fall release, but...we shall see.)

Thanks for your understanding and patience.

~S.B.~