I haven’t paid enough attention to this web site for about two years, and there’s a reason for that. So, I’ll fill you in on my “secret”. I am going on 77 years old, and I have idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, scarring of my lungs in more common language.
It all came to my attention a few years back, showing its ugly head for sure in 2013. So here I sit, breathing supplementary oxygen 24/7 and taking a few very expensive drugs. It’s not all bad. I feel fine. I just run out of air easily. The fibrosis does not seem to be getting any worse, but the affect on my heart now is the main issue, thus the prescription drugs.
I’m not telling you this to gain sympathy. There are plenty of people who have this same situation who are much worse off. There is no sure bet here, but my life span actually may not be affected by the situation. However, all this has made writing and blogging in particular take a back seat in my life. There has been progress for the better in 2016. So, I hope to be able to spend more time living as normal a life as possible and much less time going to doctors, enduring tests, and struggling to find financial aid for the drugs.
The third book that I published, Fall to Earth, was started when I was still a working engineer for Boeing. It was interrupted by two things. the worst by far was the sudden death of our youngest son at age 24 in 1995. And then this disease came along. So, although it was actually my first novel, it took several years to finish. Sounds silly maybe, but your life interrupts your life.
And then in mid 2013 I started this web site. That takes time also, and it sadly has suffered from my lack of time. However, just yesterday I took a look and found that there were over twenty comments for readers that were not marked as SPAM. Furthermore, on January 7th, The site had 30 hits. This is all small stuff for devoted bloggers. I only have 580 subscribers, which is not much for active websites. In addition, I don’t know how many of them have looked at the site more than once. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, but I will do what I can to find the time to improve the activity by adding value to the site.
So, if you are a follower of the site, I really appreciate it. Comments are always welcome. Questions are always welcome.
Meanwhile, my remaining two children, now in their fifties, want me to provide them with an autobiography of my childhood. There seems to be some doubt in their minds that I was ever a child. They sometimes joke that I was born fully adult in mind, though not in body. It’s meant in good humor, but I guess I do owe them a little family history.
The next writing project after that will then be another Doug Whittier novel. The light is not totally on for that yet, but it’s getting brighter. I like the murder mysteries, but I can’t keep killing people in an engineering department. It’s too far from real life. Lying, cheating, double dealing, competition, design failures, and insolvable problems are much more common. I think I can write with that in mind. You be the judge!
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