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!