Last December my husband had a stroke. I wrote about that, and the month which followed it, here. It’s the anniversary in two weeks. This is how things stand now.
Thursday (12th) saw us at physio, where they broke the news that they don’t believe he’ll make any further progress. That means no movement at all in his left arm. Very little in his left leg. The bleed on his brain has affected his concentration and he’s too easily distracted to be able to walk more than a couple of steps. Stairs are impossible.
H will be discharged from physio at the end of January, when he’ll be passed on to other agencies. Their job will be to assess our home and make the necessary adaptations. So in that respect, we’ll be able to move on with our lives instead of being in our current limbo.
We’re still waiting on PIP. Once that’s sorted, we can organise a car and a blue badge. Wheelchair Services are likely to issue H with an electric chair which will make life a lot easier. We’ll be able to get out more. Actually live.
So while there’s a lot to process, it’s not all bad.
You’ve decided on a genre, done a bit of worldbuilding, and drawn up your heroes and villains – now to survive the writing process! The idea of NaNo is to write quick and dirty, without letting your inner editor interfere, so you end up with a first draft. To manage this, you need to make a few lists, so grab a pen and paper and let’s go! Continue reading #Preptober 5: Getting through November
Last week I talked about the protagonists of your story. This week it’s all about the antagonists, something that new writers tend to overlook. But for a book to have a hero, it needs a villain, and they need to be as deeply developed as the main character with their own wants and desires. Continue reading #Preptober 4: Characters Part 2
I’ve talked about Genre and Worldbuilding, and now we’re onto the good stuff – characters. As this is such a big topic, I’m breaking it into two posts covering protagonists this part and antagonists next.
Protagonists are the “good” guys and who tell the story, 99% of the time. Continue reading #Preptober 3: Characters Part 1
Wikipedia claims that worldbuilding “is the process of constructing an imaginary world, sometimes associated with a whole fictional universe.” While true at a basic level, this statement assumes that worldbuilding is only necessary for authors writing sci-fi and fantasy, and that is absolutely false. Continue reading #Preptober 2 – Worldbuilding