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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Week For Change

Sigh. You know it’s bad when I start a paragraph with a sigh. This week has been incredibly stressful for me. But along with the stress, there are rays of light and hope.

First let me apologize for being so late today. My diabetic 17 yo has been ill since last week. And those of you who know me, know I don’t ever say much. Life is what it is and we ALL must deal with the cards we are dealt. Life is just that way. Most of the time, he is not ill and is very well managed diabetically. BUT every once in a while, he’ll get something that just hangs on and longer since he was diagnosed last year.

BUT for me the diabetes isn’t the problem. It’s the kid who wants his mommy to be the ‘call and fetch girl’ which his mommy blithely replies, ‘I ain’t no one’s call and fetch girl including Daddy’s!” More prevalent than that is the undying faith that Mom can fix everything. Sigh. Now you know why I’m sighing. Oh, if it were only true!

Now, yesterday was a day of incredible change. And one I think that we need as a country and a people. Sometimes, it takes a total shakeup to get where we need to be. Me and mine are very, very lucky. We all have decent jobs and are okay as far finances. But the change President Barack Obama, our first African-American one, promises has been a long time coming. And this is good as so many of my writing friends are losing jobs and have a very unstable situation right now. We all need to remember this and think only good thoughts for them.

But the best new I’ve gotten was two-fold. First, early last week, I had turned a project into one of my publishers, Loose Id, which was near and dear to my heart. It’s called the Protectors of the Earth series and had been recently rejected by eHarlequin because it had some major sci-fi elements involved and Nocturne Bites doesn’t have any of those elements. I, however, was hopefully. While I did get rejected, I was invited to submit again which made me very, very happy.

Now to the submission. Well, it took a few days BUT my editor was delighted enough to push it on up the line. Which is great. I had had a few ideas which weren’t well received and didn’t go anywhere. This was a very good sign!

The last one is something that made me very happy and I was very surprised. I had decided late last year that I was going to make a very concentrated effort to lose weight. And I started in November with a bang. I decided to go to a Naturopath because I wanted to do everything naturally. I don’t know about you but the holidays are usually a time when I don’t lose. I am lucky if I don’t gain.

And this year, I didn’t gain an ounce. I lost…not a lot…but I lost. Yippee, yippee, YIPPEE! I just couldn’t believe it because I thought the holiday had been more horrible than I imagined. Seems now I have so much more to be thankful for than ever. If you want to track me and my weight lose journey, you can find me at my other blog, where I try to post all the things that are happening to me in that area. Right now, it’s sparse because I’m trying to catch up from November. But I’ve had so many people ask me, including my doctor, that I figured this would be the easiest for all to see.

So for me, this year is starting with a bang I can live with. How’s your year going so far?

Hope it’s a great one! See you next week!



AP Miller said...

Hi Lynn...I know how you feel. It's tough raising kids especially when they are ill. Never a dull moment but thankfully as you know mine are married and off on their own...but you know I still worry when they call me when they're ill. I'm glad to see you are taking charge of the weight loss. I too have been trying to drop a few..Not easy after the holidays. But if you are determined you can accomplish anything. I found that cutting down on portions have to read labels on food you buy it can be deceiving. I use Splenda and sweet n low, eat more veggies and fruit...another biggie is not to eat anything past 7pm. Cut down on caffine, soda, and even some fruit juices that have fructose. Water is best after 7pm. If you feel you must snack and need something filling, make a plain veggie platter, that works wonders...



Jambrea said...

I hope your son is feeling better. It is so hard when your child is sick.

Woohoo on the weight loss. That is so great.

I'm excited about your project it is so wonderful and to have the chance to sub again is great. Good Luck!

My New Year started with a bang as well. It feels good doesn't it?

Lynn Crain said...


Thanks for the advice. It always helps to have a kindred soul.


Lynn Crain said...


I usually love things that start with a bang...LOL!

Yeah, the sick kid is bad but he will get over it. It's just when they are older, it's harder. And to be honest, the hardest one to care for is their father. He's the biggest baby...LOL!


Karin Shah said...

Sorry about your hard holiday, Lynn! I had the stomach flu for eight days starting two days before Christmas. I lost weight, but it wasn't pretty :-P

Karin Shah
Samhain Publishing

Erin Sinclair said...

Chugging along, chugging along...I'm making lemonade though ;-D.


Lynn Crain said...


You're right! Being ill and losing weight isn't pretty. LOL! And having the flu is just awful!

Hope you're doing much better now!


Lynn Crain said...


Yup...that's all one can do...LOL!

Trouble is I'm trying to do it without a lot of sugar! LOL!


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