Monday, April 9, 2012

Update On My Dad and Other Miscellany

Good Morning.

It's certainly been a long couple of weeks. We finally got my father on a breathing machine and a new bed that allows him to sleep sitting up. He's been in his chair in the living room for almost six months and although it helped, it didn't allow him to get the rest he needed. Now he's in bed again and feeling so much better. Not 100%, but at least 85, so that's a good thing.  He even cut the back meadow on Saturday. (Although I still had to push mow the front hill .)

I joined in the fun of the A-Z challenge, which some of you may know. I didn't sign up on the linky because I knew with everything I have going on I wouldn't be able to do it justice. But I had this crazy idea for it about a week before it went down, and if you want, you can find it here on my Anne Gallagher blog. My theme is my characters in pictures.

Also, I managed to get THE DUKE'S DIVORCE out in paperback. You can't find it on Amazon just quite yet, (they say it takes about 14 days for all the content to be uploaded) but you can find it here.  I'm hoping if you know someone who likes to read Regency in paper form, you'll tell them about it.

 I'm also working on another short story to e-publish. It involves Lord Greenleigh, (Letter G) spies, intrigue, and espionage with Russians. I'm up to Chapter 9 and I think it's pretty cool considering I don't know the first thing about espionage. (And I'm hoping MI6 and the CIA don't take my Google searches into consideration.)

AND, the biggest news of all, (which I'm still kind of reeling from) is we're moving. No, not back to the beach, (I wish) but to the house two doors down from my parents. It has 1200 more square feet than the house we're currently in, which translates to a proper living room, sunroom, private office, and a HUGE kitchen with a FIREPLACE! (I still can't believe that.) And another bonus, there's a garage. Unfortunately the yard does not have space for a pool (unless I want to sunbathe in the front yard). It's a win-win that we'll be within shouting distance of my parents. It's also a drawback in that there's no escape. But, I'm trying to stay positive with the fact it means so much more living and BREATHING space.

Also, I believe I have to cancel the big Earth Day party I planned for my Birthday. With so much craziness going on, (packing cleaning while still trying to write) I really am quite scatterbrained these days. I'm also trying to get LADY'S FATE out to paper, as well as get Greenleigh's story finished and pubbed in e-form all before we take possession of the new house. (Which will likely be by the end of April.) So I'm trying to keep my sanity and keep all the balls in the air. HA!

Anyway, that's my news. I've tried to be around as much as I can, but it's not the same. I miss you all terribly. Tell me what you've been up to so I can keep up.


Elliot Grace said...

Wow! Busy girl ;)

Great news about your father, Anne. Very much hoping that his health continues to improve.

Congrats on your new home. The running joke in my family is that we keep moving further away from them. I wonder what they'll think of our thousand mile return to the Gulf in a few years ;)

Keep smilin'!


Laura Pauling said...

Glad your father is doing better. Hope it continues. And the house sounds fabulous.

Em-Musing said...

Busy lady! Glad your dad is better. Good luck with the move and your books.

Creepy Query Girl said...

wow, congrats on the new house opportunity. I missed what happened with your dad but in any case, Im glad to hear he's doing better. Sounds like you have a lot on your plate!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's wonderful news about your father! And only two houses down? That will be a big plus. Good luck with the move. At least you are going someplace bigger rather than smaller.

jabblog said...

My goodness, you've got your hands full. Good luck and keep well and strong:-)

Anne Gallagher said...

El -- I wish I could say I was doing the 1000 miles back to the beach. I'm just hoping they don't drive me crazy. You know how parents are.

Laura -- Thanks, Laura. We're all hoping my dad feels better b/c he's a real pain when he doesn't.

Em -- thanks. I hate moving. Did it every 6 months for 20 years. I've only been here 5. Let's hope I can stay where I am until at least the Monster is out of school.

Katie -- Sometimes there's just too much on my plate and I want to dump it on the floor.

Alex -- I have to say, the new house is gor-ge-ous. Well, comparing it to what I'm living in now. The new house is a one-owner ala little old lady style. Shag carpet, ugly wallpaper, nothing's been changed since the day it was built. But it's sturdy and homelike and cozy with the fireplace so I'm in Heaven. Or will be next winter.

Anne Gallagher said...

Janice -- Thanks. A little busy, yeah.

SA Larsenッ said...

That is fantastic about your dad! Let's hope the road only gets easier.

Congrats on getting that paperback out. Yay!

Bish Denham said...

I'm so glad your dad is doing better. And WOW on the move. I wish you all the best.

Bossy Betty said...

Congrats on the move!! You have a lot going on. Good news that your dad is feeling better! You are not missing much over at my blog. I've taken up exotic dancing and have had a few tattoos inked in my my neck--you know, the usual.

February Grace said...

Glad something is helping your dad out, and so glad about the house.

Always thinking of you no matter how busy you get. <3

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

My goodness, you have been busy. I'm glad to hear your father is finally able to rest well. And it's super that you've found such a great new place to live! there's a feeling of renewal somehow in this post.

Johanna Garth said...

Anne, you are downright amazing to have been able to do all that in such a short space of time!

So happy to hear about your father!

Nicki Elson said...

Oh my goodness, I've got no right to complain about being busy when I hear all that you've got going on (I still will, of course).

GREAT news about your dad. Sleep is so important and I'm glad to know he's getting it.

Good luck w/ the move and all your writing projects!

Deniz Bevan said...

Great news about your father and wow! That house sounds awesome.
Congratulations on your paperback release! Confetti shower!


I had no idea you were going thru all this! Whew. So happy your dad is getting some relief. It's amazing that he can cut grass. He sounds like my husband who just had back surgery. He's coming along quite well and can't wait to get on the mower.
Are you using createspace for your paperbacks? I am, for this one and it seems to be working out well.
Anyway, Anne, take good care of you. AND I live near my one daughter. We respect each other's privacy yet we are near if one needs the other. So enjoy.
Blessings, Barb
Good luck with the new house.

BragonDorn said...

14 days seems like a reasonable amount of time.. Any who I will be happy to get a copy :)

Sarah Pearson said...

My goodness you have a lot on your plate right now!

That's wonderful news about your dad, I'm really happy to hear this. Good luck with the move.

Jennifer Hillier said...

Sorry to hear you've had a tough couple of weeks, Anne. Glad to hear he's doing better! Sending you both good vibes.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

That is great news about your father. Ah, moving. I am mostly finished with mine. And it nearly finished me. The ghost of Gypsy followed, pleased at more room to do her ghostly prowling. The great thing about a ghost cat is NO litter box! LOL. Roland

Eric W. Trant said...

Wishing you and your pop the best. I am fast approaching that with my parents, both of them. I've already had a couple of scares with my pop.

Don't fret over the A-Z. Do what you can, if you can, and ignore the rest.

- Eric

Writer Pat Newcombe said...

The house sounds brilliant! Glad your Dad is doing better and good luck with the move!

Ann Best said...

Glad your father's doing better. And that's awesome about getting all that house space. I would love that!

That's also great that you've got one book in paper and another one in the works. I'll check back to see how it's all going when *I* get past the next few weeks. My daughter's had some serious mental problems along with the physical, so if I hadn't gotten my A to Z posts all done last month, I wouldn't be doing it.

You're always high on my list of VIPs (people/bloggers/writers)!! Take care. Enjoy the move. Yes, there is always the downside, to anything. One thing I've learned in life is that nothing, I mean nothing, ever works out perfectly. That doesn't seem to be the way it's supposed to be while we're here on planet Earth!
Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror & Other Memoirs

D.G. Hudson said...

Good Luck,Anne. Moving is no fun. Once you're there, it's better. I endured that a few years ago.

Do what needs to be done. Life has to be taken care of, just like writing.

Donna Hole said...

I'm on blogger break and not posting this month - but also not visiting much. Sorry to hear about your dad, but glad things are going so well in your writing world.

I'm sending you an e-mail Anne. Hopefully it doesn't go into spam; if you don't get it in a day or two would you please e-mail me?

Have a good weekend Anne.


Crystal Jigsaw said...

Oooh, the new house sounds fabulous! Good luck with the move.

So nice to hear that your dad is feeling better.

CJ x

Rick Daley said...

Really, your honor, I'm not a terrorist. I was doing research for my novel!

Old Kitty said...

Today is Earth Day so is it your birthday today!!?? HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! YAYAYAYYAY!! And look at all these positive news too. I am so glad your dad is doing ok - yay! I hope he continues to get better!

Congratulations with your books - all out on paper - even better!!!

And now you are moving homes!! WOW!!

All the best! Take care