Friday, October 18, 2019

Writer's Life

It's been a while since I've blogged, here. The last post was on my birthday in July. There's a very good reason for that.  I have been writing.

Most of the time I write from my bed with a phone app. On days when I feel ok, I move the writings to the computer and do the editing and illustrations.  I wrote my first book and published it this way. "Beanie, The Bat Who Drank Way Too Much Coffee" was the result.

My friend, Gigi Brown, who is also a writer,  convinced me to not give up on my dream of being a children's book author and illustrator.  So I decided to go for it.  It's probably the one and only thing I can still do.

Beanie started out as a bedtime story that I made up for my kids more than 20 years ago.  I finished the story and all of the illustrations in 2 months.  Beanie was published through Amazon Books and Amazon Kindle in late September.

That almost seems impossible now, looking back on it.  The drive to get it done was strong, though.  I wanted to see it finished before my illness reached a critical point; where I can no longer function.

I have to admit it to myself.  That day is quickly approaching.  I'm in appeals with my disability process, after being denied.

I sought the help of an advocate/attorney to work with the Social Security Administration on my behalf. The disability examiner sent me to have a lung function test.  I'm at 35% lung capacity. That's 1% away from the last stage of my COPD.  So I was absolutely correct in pushing myself to get Beanie done.
I have started on the second book in the Beanie Series.  I have planned to release it to the public in the Spring of 2020 if my lungs can hold out that long.  I sure am going to try my best to.

I also put together a coffee table book of some of my Native American paintings that I created back in 2009. (I think it was 2009.)

I'm also 10 illustrations away from
publishing "Tucker Teddy".  I'm trying my best to get that out by October 25. I've had a few hard days in a row so when I have a good day, I illustrate Tucker.

My condition has deteriorated, and for the most part, I keep it hidden from my writer's side of life. My COPD isn't something I advertise on social media. I'm not ashamed of it. It is what it is.

I want my social media sites to be filled with positivity.   I don't want people following me because I'm sick. I want to draw interest because I'm doing something good and positive with my life, whatever kind of a life it is.

I only focus on the positive, now. Let's face it... on social media, doom and gloom posts are depressing and draw a lot of fake sympathy.  I don't need sympathy. I need encouragement.  Writing provides that for me.

If you're curious about my life as a children'sbook author and illustrator, click here.

I'm going to do this as long as I possibly can.  I have to. My books are the only thing I can leave behind as my legacy  to the world and my family.

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