Posts Tagged ‘middle age’

I know, it’s been a while. I’ve not been around on this page much lately for a number of reasons that I’ll get into in a minute, but first, I need to say that this page is still evolving. And now, as I get serious about my second career, I’m poring over ideas for making it work for my writing. Which means things will continue to be out of focus for a while longer. Which brings me to where I’ve been…

Five years ago, I was approached by a client who read one of my stories on Literotica and liked it very much. I didn’t even know that that was a thing that could happen, and was quite shocked that he wanted me to write romances for him as a result of reading me there. I wrote him three biker stories and a three-story paranormal series before he threw me over for someone I introduced him to who wrote better biker stories than I did, and didn’t mind making bad guys into heroes. That wasn’t my schtick, and I was sufficiently in charge of my fledgling writer’s persona not to try and do something that just went against the grain for me.

Since then, I’ve discovered Upwork, a freelancer’s website which allows you to set up a page and advertise yourself to prospective clients who might wish to engage your services for the skills that you list in your profile. I have been a freelance romance ghostwriter on Upwork since 2015,  and have had nine clients, four of whom worked with me for multiple projects, and three of whom I still currently work for.  As a ghostwriter, I give up my right to the copyright and any proceeds from sales of the stories once I receive a check for the story in question.

I’ve written stories in a number of sub-genres…paranormal, biker (though I resist doing those unless I can make the biker someone other than the kind that is too often found in stories of that genre), billionaire, inter-racial, gay (M/M, to be specific), sheikh, step-brother, clean contemporary (no sex) aka sweet romance, mail order bride, Regency (both clean and erotic). I’ve written short stories (10-15K words), novellas (30-35K words), and novels (50-70K words). Ghostwriting has been my on-the-job training for my own writing, which I have finally begun to work on this year.

Which brings me to the final bit of news. The last fourteen months have been especially stressful for me. In December 2016, for five days before, during and after Christmas, I was hospitalized with an illness that had my white blood cell count so high they were testing me for cancer, and my potassium so low I had to have it administered to me intravenously for the entire five-day period. And when I was finally discharged, I was given more to take home. I was also pumped intravenously with every high-powered antibiotic they could find to combat an illness they could not diagnose, and when I was discharged, they still didn’t know what was wrong with me. I recovered completely from the mystery illness after another week of medication at home, and thought all was well.

And then last month I began to feel ill and thought it was just a very bad case of gas. After five days of no success with home treatments, I gave in and went to the ER, only to be told that the CT scan showed I had a cyst on my liver that had grown so large that it was pushing against the liver and displacing all the other organs in my abdomen. I needed immediate surgery and was admitted and seen to in less than two days. The cyst was benign, thank heaven, and I am now recuperating from an almost five-hour surgical procedure.

And while all this has been happening, my parents, both in their 90’s, have been having their own physical and emotional challenges, and as I am the child living closest to them, I bear the brunt of the responsibility for dealing with them. And with a senior in high school — thankfully my last child — I often feel overwhelmed.

So, I’ve had a lot to deal with, and blogging has had to take a back seat to life’s more pressing concerns. I’m having to practice patience and to read my body to make sure I’m not overdoing it after the surgery because I feel fine until I do something I shouldn’t just yet. I can write, though, and I’m getting back into the groove slowly but surely.

Well, that’s all folks! Until next time, take care of yourselves, and don’t ignore your body. It’s the only one you have, you know? Treat it well.


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I am
The beginning of Autumn.
My leaves
Are just starting to turn,
Their fall
Still some way distant,
The breath
Of change still faintly warm
Upon my tongue.

I am
The yellowing, golding leaves,
Bright still
With the light of the midday sun,
Warm yet
With its noonday fire.
My change
Is heat and primal passion,
Beautiful and bold.

Copyright 2015

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