November 22 2013

Family Emergencies and Real Life

My aunt Jan had a seizure and fell; sent to hospital and put in ICU with a ventilator. She became coherent and they eased her off of the ventilator, and was put in her own room, and finally released and sent home. Went to see her the other Saturday  before she was released and was relieved that she was her humorous, and vivacious self, but she didn’t look good. Bruised and battered from the fall, her left hand swollen, and looked like she’d been in a wreck or a fight. My heart ached for her.  (I’ll be visiting her now that she’s at home the beginning of this coming week for a couple of days.)

There isn’t much I can do right now to help her. We’ve only got one vehicle and Mr. Rockstar has needed it because he’s in a 5 week training program and has to drive to Greenville every Sunday evening or Monday morning and then hit the road. Yes, I could technically drive him there and then drive the 2 1/2 hours back but that’s using more gas than we have the money for. Right now we’re trying to catch up on bills, important one’s, and adding extra bills to that is not smart.

When I went to see Aunt Jan I was overcome with thanks and gratitude for all that she’d done for me growing up. For all the times she’s been there for me as an adult. Sometimes it was just listening to me. Other times it was taking me to Belks when I was a teenager (many, many moons ago) and buying me that pair of Calvin Klein jeans I just had to have for my birthday. Or when she made me breakfast and coffee, or had dinner cooked when I got home from a 12 hour shift when she was staying with me.

I’ve been absent from my blog for the past two weeks because I’ve been dealing with a family emergency and real life. The blog is my outlet, it’s my place to write, to vent, to create, but I have barely had time to keep up with my word count for Nanowrimo the past couple of weeks. Between Mr. Rockstar being on the road and everything else that’s been going on, the blog has been the last thing on my mind.

Funny thing about how real life is so much different than television, social media, movies, and what people tend to think of as what’s going on in your life. From the outside John and Jane Doe looks like they’re doing great. What you don’t know about them would surprise you–maybe she’s struggling each day in pain and since she has no health insurance there’s absolutely nothing she can do about it but keep on keeping on. He’s doing his best to keep on keeping on himself, and he’s the kind of man that even if he needed help would never ask for it. She’ll ask for help when she has to, because she knows he won’t, especially if it will help ease some of the burden from his shoulders. He’s already feeling so much stress and pressure it’s the least she can do to help her husband, since she can’t work right now. She’s worried about him. He’s worried about her. But they’re both finally starting to feel a little of their burdens ease because he’s got a better job, finally, and he really likes the new company he works for. They are both excited because they can finally pay their bills and buy groceries and put gas in the car, now they’re working, slowly but surely, on catching up on their bills, on the necessities they need, and soon they’ll be able to start working on things in the house they need to fix. One day at a time. One thing at a time. That’s their motto. They have each other and they’re grateful for that, and for all that they do have, especially the wonderful people they have in their life. And that’s the key.

Now it’s time for me to go back to writing my novel so that I can make my word count for today. Hope everyone has a great weekend…I’m off to ponder the world of my characters and see what kind of mischief my main character can get into.


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Posted November 22, 2013 by Burgess Taylor in category "Life", "NaNoWriMo", "Uncategorized", "Word count", "Writing

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  1. By Jennifer Jinright on

    I’d wondered what was going on, but didn’t want to pry. I commend you on keeping up with your word count during such trying days. My mom’s friend ended up in the hospital for almost two weeks, and I haven’t written a word on my NaNo work since then. I did find some bits and pieces of lore and character work that I could add to my count, but I am still less than half way done. I doubt I will win this year, which makes me sad.

    But my family and I have it better than many. So I will be thankful for all that we do have. Life is hard, but it’s worth it. I’ll do NaNo again next year. And I can still write on what I’ve been working on this month. Or maybe I’ll spend a year doing short stories as prep for next year…

    Anyways, I just wanted to give you props for hanging in and hanging on in so many ways when life got tougher than usual. I look foward to reading your Novel soon!

    1. By burgesstaylor7911 on

      Yeah, it’s been rough, but things are finally starting to get back to normal, whatever that is, :D. I really wish I could have completed the 30 days of blogging, but I totally failed on that one. The whole point of NaNo is to get serious about writing, and if you do that you’ve won whether or not you make it to the 50K or not. I may or may not make the wordcount, but I’ve definitely become more serious about my writing.
      Thanks for the concern, and for the props. Props to you for working on your characters and the lore. I need to do more research. There are a lot of places in my novel that read *need info here* or *research needed here*. LOL! I guess that counts for word count though. 😀

      1. By Jennifer Jinright on

        Yay for getting back to normal! I feel ya on the places with missing stuff.. I use the word elephant when I don’t know what something is called…or whenever I am on a roll and don’t want to get bogged down! LOL And up, words count even when they don’t make sense! *ponders writing elephant 26k times* Eww…no for so many reasons!

        Thanks for the props. It means a lot. I’m feeling a bit blah when I think about my spectacular failure at word count this year. I really wanted to get Scribner at 50% off…but it’s cheap so 20% off is sweet to. it’s what I’ve told my BF I want for Christmas LOL

        I am definitely Feeling More like a writer. And I decided to do a competition on Watt Pad (nothing fancy just one another user started) and have been getting pretty nice feed back there. So it’s all good 🙂 I will dooooo eeeet next year if not this one!

  2. By caitlinm on

    I’m sorry to hear about the rough stuff going on! But I’m here to share a little cheer (okay, I’m being cheesetastic right now, so sorry) by nominating you for the Versatile Blogger Award! 🙂 You can read more about it on my blog! Good luck with the rest of NaNo and have a Happy Thanksgiving!