I have wonderful news! Terry’s dad’s surgery was yesterday morning and the doctor said that there was no cancer at all! Up until Friday afternoon they were saying it was cancer, possibly a return of the bladder cancer he had a few years ago. But once they did the surgery they said it was an inflamed nodule in his lung, possibly as a result of a previous infection or ingestion of something that imbedded itself into his lung.
But it was NOT cancerous after all. We are so happy and relieved that we are bouncing off the walls. Thank you for all of your prayers.
Something else for us to be grateful for is that my new book, Big Lake Blizzard, now has six 5 star reviews. Though it has been bouncing in and out of Amazon’s Top 100 list for Kindle mysteries since yesterday afternoon, it’s still selling very well. Thanks to everybody who bought it, left reviews, and shared the link with their families and friends.
And last, but not least, the original Big Lake mystery has been awarded a $100 per hour stipend by ACX.com, Audible.com’s production side, to entice potential narrators. Since the book is estimated to be over eight hours when finished, that is quite an investment in the project on their part for a first book. It was also listed as number one on the Hot New Release list they send out to their narrators every week! So I have been flooded with auditions. It’s been very hectic around here, but we have listened to and eliminated quite a few, and so far have three very real possibilities, and more to evaluate yet.
I managed to knock out seven more pages on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal yesterday. Things will slow down a bit now, because as I wrote in yesterday’s blog, the closer I get to the end the more challenging it is to make everything fit together properly.
A little after 5 p.m. Greg and Jan came over and we went to Fuddrucker’s for dinner. I’m usually a fan of their hamburgers, but this time around they just couldn’t seem to get it right. Of the four of us, Greg’s was the only one cooked to his request. The manager was moving around the restaurant greeting folks and checking up on them, and when he asked how our meals were, I told him they were not up to the standards we had come to expect at Fuddrucker’s nationwide. But since they were really busy and I know that mistakes can happen, I told him we’d give them another shot one of these days.
All four of us are voracious readers, so after we ate, we stopped at a nearby Half Price Books to browse for a while. Even though we all have Kindles, for Terry and I, there are some reference books that are not available as e-books. Jan found two or three books she was looking for, and Terry found a couple of fiber craft books. I keep a list for each of us of books we have on a topic on my Droid, to avoid buying duplicates. That saved us from getting two more that Terry already had. Unfortunately, I have not been as good about maintaining my own list, and there were two writing references books I wasn’t sure about, so I erred on the side of caution and left them on the shelf. When we got home I checked my library, and sure enough I needed both of them!
Speaking of writing reference books, I just posted a new self-publishing blog titled My Author’s Bookshelf, listing the books I keep handy and find essential when I’m writing. Check it out if you’re a budding (or advanced) writer.
Thought For The Day – Life is a journey and it’s never too late to chart a new course.