Weekly Recap – August 16th, 2013

Wow. It’s been over a month since my last Weekly Recap, so I guess that would make this post my first Monthly Recap.

Lots has happened.

First and foremost, a close friend that some of us know through blogging recently lost his father. I don’t want to name him out of respect, but his week has definitely been a heavy one. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

As for me, that recent news has put my own medical issues in perspective and made me realize that sometimes, I’m just a big baby. It’s unfortunate that it takes something like that for an attitude adjustment, but then I think back to losing a dear aunt to cancer a couple of years ago and going through the same process.

We have such short memories and we get wrapped up in our worlds, it’s easy to lose perspective. Overall, my pain has subsided for the moment and my doctors are having me take a “wait and see” approach.

And I never thought I’d say this, but the day job has actually been a useful distraction.

I was in just-a-little-bit-humid Omaha most of last week. The weather was surprisingly tolerable for August, but much sweat and tears were exuded anyway. My fellow engineers and I unboxed and put together a lot of new computer networking equipment for our upcoming service migration. For a cubicle jockey like me, three 14-hour days of manual labor in another time zone works wonders for keeping the mind occupied.

I’ll be returning there next Thursday for the first part of our cutover, working through the weekend to ensure the rest of the employees can do their job on Monday morning. After that, I may be out there for another week or three as we complete the job.

With all of that said, what about writing?

I’m starting to get back to it and as of Sunday, I decided to keep track of my wordcount progress. I really wish I would have started this earlier, but better late than never. Included in the counts are all of my fiction and non-fiction writings, even reviews I leave on Yelp! Why not? It’s still writing.

My latest fiction focus has been on Daughter of Fortitude, my short story submission for the upcoming Clive Barker Nightbreed anthology. I’m making progress and hoping to have something I can submit to my online critique group, OWW (Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Online Writing Workshop), by the end of this month.

I hope you all are doing well and have exciting or relaxing weekends to look forward to. I’ve missed communicating with you guys and will try to get back to reading your excellent blogs once again.