Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Tragic Providence: Progress Report 19 (FINAL)

Tragic Providence is live and available for download from!

In spite of everything going on (I'm off to the hospital in a few hours to start my 2nd cycle of chemotherapy),  the first King Yellow book is complete!

Thank you, everyone, for all your support!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Tragic Providence: Progress Report 18

King Yellow: Tragic Providence
2nd draft complete @
116,600 words

I've been back from the hospital for a week and have been feeling mostly good. I cannot thank my wife and daughter (and parents) enough for all their help and support. I've been eating with no trouble, and even had an increase in appetite for a few days there. I've been pretty tired and have noticed some hearing loss already, but today in particular has been a bit iffy. For the first time, I think I'm starting to slip into the realm of the weakened immune system. Been headachey and a little dizzy.

I have been able to proofread, though, and can proudly say that the 2nd draft is complete. I'm very proud of Tragic Providence. It is exactly what I wanted it to be. I want to make one more proofread run and then I'll try to start work on the eBook formatting. If I continue to feel like I did today, though, that might be a challenge. As always, fingers crossed!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

May 4th Follow-up

Happy to learn that my blood levels are good and that I'm currently on schedule for readmission on May 17th. It almost feels like it's half over already! Woohoo!

Monday, May 1, 2017

1st Cycle

Complete! Finished my first five-day course of treatment on Etoposide and Cisplatin last night and got home this morning. No nausea as yet, but tired and filled to bursting with all the hydration I got, which is not a complaint considering what it's for. Overall, I feel pretty good. Hopefully, that continues and the follow-up cycles will be as agreeable, but I guess I ought to leave some room for reality. In any case, glad to be back home for a while.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Chemo Therapy

Met with the Oncologist today, who confirmed that I'm Stage IIB. He recommended EP (Etoposide/cisplatin) and maybe VIP (Etoposide/ifosfamide/cisplatin) for 4 cycles, which I'll be doing on an inpatient basis starting next Wednesday. The big adventure begins presently.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

"Technically, Stage II"

So, I had the follow-up appointment to discuss my CT Scans today, and it looks as though the cancer (!) has spread to a lymph node. Another blood test (also done today) will determine whether I'm Stage IIA, B, or C. I'll be seeing an Oncologist tomorrow and will hopefully get some perspective on treatment and what that will mean for me. Luckily, the spread wasn't extensive, and the treatment course appears to have a high success rate. Fingers crossed.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Tragic Providence: Progress Report 17

King Yellow: Tragic Providence
1st draft complete @
116,400 words

Woohoo! The end! Since I'm my own editor, though, it'll take me a few proofread runs and then some ebook formatting before it's all ready to go, but still! Soon. Very Soon.