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.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Tragic Providence: Progress Report 16

King Yellow: Tragic Providence
112,000 words

I know some of you would like to see an end to these Tragic Providence progress reports, only because a finished product is perhaps overdue. To you, I apologize. I want to make sure the story is told in the best possible way and sometimes that means that the creative process takes over and demands what it demands. The end is in sight, as I keep saying, and hopefully nothing else will get in the way.

I said else, and I wasn’t referring to a slow February. On March 22nd, I confirmed with a doctor something that I was trying to pretend wasn’t happening. It all went so fast. A very particular blood test and a physical exam later, and I was scheduled for surgery the next day. The surgery went well. I’m still recovering, but I was back to my day job in just under a week and am now waiting on the follow-up tests, the results of which are the real concern. Once those are in, I’ll have a better understanding of what I can expect in the future. Sadly, this is not an April Fool's joke.

I will finish the book. There is no question about that, but there may be a few delays not dictated by that rascally creative process. In the meantime, here is the blurb for Tragic Providence:

Pylas Crier was too smart for his own good. His book, a secret cipher designed to take down the Sachs crime family, was a runaway success. With fame, though, comes revelation and reprisal, costing him his family and nearly his own life. Going into hiding, he learns the Divine Pattern Fist, which sets him on a course of mental and physical development that knows no bounds. He is not alone in his rise, and several seemingly unrelated threads converge when the sacred Viscain Tree undergoes a transformation. The world forever changes that day, and Pylas along with it, but in the end, will he merely be the victim of tragic providence?

Thanks, as always, for your support!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Tragic Providence: Progress Report 15

King Yellow: Tragic Providence
100,900 words

I’d hoped to have a little more to show for February, but, alas, it was not meant to be. It was a good month, though, with family visiting from both sides of the Pacific for my daughter’s 8th birthday. The pace should resume in March. The end is still nigh, but I can’t give an accurate prediction of when all will be ready. Please stay tuned!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Tragic Providence: Progress Report 14

King Yellow: Tragic Providence
97,400 words

The end is nigh! I’d hoped to finish this month, and I really am close, but a final product, ready for consumption, may take a bit longer. You might not want to hold your breath, though. Your choice.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Tragic Providence: Progress Report 13

King Yellow: Tragic Providence
87,000 words

Not a bad haul for December, considering all the holiday festivities.

Hope everyone had a good and fruitful 2016.

Let's hope 2017 will be even better.

Happy New Year!