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It’s been a rough couple of weeks, we’ve had to have a plumber out to unclog our kitchen sink, our garage doors have issues and have to be replaced. We think that is going to be done in about two weeks. I can write okay, but editing still triggers vertigo making work on NN4 incredibly slowly. I was told unless the new allergy medications work, I’ll just have to ride it out until the tree pollen drops from incredibly high to moderate.

Interestingly, social media “moves” just like editing does and it too triggers vertigo, so I have not been online much either. As does being outside, so I think my vitamin D levels have dropped below their normal “high levels” because all of this together has left me dealing with a mild case of depression.

I don’t feel “low” very often, so when it does happen I’m never sure what to do about it. I’m forcing myself outside for at least a few hours every couple of days because I haven’t been “working outside” much which isn’t helping my mood. Usually my early May I’m working outside more than inside going into my office only on days the weather is too wet to work outside.

The ENT told me he didn’t think my allergies had gotten worse, it was the trees. He said tree pollen was higher this year than it had been in several decades and he’s seen a ton of people struggling with increased symptoms (both in number as well as intensity). Which basically sums me up. I am having more symptoms and they are more intense this year. I’d already switched from Flonase to Nasacort earlier in April, now I’ve traded out Zyrtec for Xyzal on the ENTs recommendation and I’m hoping in a few days some of my symptoms will be relieved with the replacement allergy medication.

If I’m really lucky (and I’m not feeling very lucky lately), the replacement allergy medication will calm down the vertigo enough for me to edit. Right now, I always have a touch of vertigo because of my allergies and so skipping from change to change or comment to comment makes it much worse and I have to go lay down to stop the world spinning.

So that’s what is going on in my world right now. I hope to have Competitive Dreams written completely by the end of next week at which point I’ll send it to be edited. Once I can work on the NN4 edits, I will get it to the second round of editors and then it will publish whenever they get it done.

Allergy Induced Vertigo

There is little we can do about the vertigo I’ve been suffering the last few weeks. It’s being caused by my allergies.

So I stopped and picked up different allergy medication on my way home from the doctor today. I’ll start it tonight and hopefully it will make it more tolerable if nothing else. I really just need it to bring the vertigo down to a level where I can finish editing NN4.

I have tried convincing my body tree pollen isn’t an invading enemy force but it doesn’t listen. I can only imagine how much worse it would be if the pine tree was still in our backyard.

I will continue to work slowly on NN4 edits and tough it out as much as possible, but I’m thinking it’s going to be late June before I get it published at this rate.

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I am still editing NN4. I’ve been at it a week. It keeps making me sick. Hopefully next week, I can get something done about my ears. At which point editing will go much faster. Right now with the “jumping” around that happens when you accept/reject changes, address comments, it keeps triggering vertigo. This means I work for thirty minutes to an hour and then I get sick and feel like a zombie the rest of the day.

Last year in March and April we were discussing putting a tube in my right ear to deal with Eustachian Tube Dysfunction. We stopped because my father died and COVID hit big time. However, it’s obvious we’re going to have to continue that this year.

Someone asked me an interesting question this week “Are you worried about getting a tube put in your ear drum with the Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?” Yes and no. Yes, I am slightly worried we will cause the pain to spread to my ear, but I can’t live like this. I had a doctor’s appointment across town Friday and the drive there and back triggered vertigo. I had to come home and take a several hour nap. I felt okay when I got up, but I was only able to edit about 45 minutes total yesterday as a result. That’s less than a chapter. Seeing as how I can’t hardly ride in a car or edit without getting sick, I’ll just have to risk spreading pain to my ear with a tube, because it is less problematic than having vertigo 90% of the time.

Because of my ear issues, I did not post premium content last week… which worked out. You should stop being charged for premium content this month as I prepare to move it in June/July from WordPress to Patreon. Unfortunately, I’ve been so busy, I haven’t had time to dedicate to the move.

Elysium and Mercurial Dreams audiobooks are still in production. We are hoping to get them out sometime in late May. I will update you when they finally release. This blog will continue, I am only moving Premium Content away from the blog. My thoughts plus release information will still be available here.

Return of the Living Dead – Me Edition

I spent close to a week wearing a hand brace for “texter’s thumb” which I didn’t get from texting. Saturday April 24th I awoke with the right side of my face mildly swollen. Sunday while outside working in my garden, I got vertigo. I came in the house, took a nap, and went back outside where I got vertigo again. Facial swelling plus vertigo… I have an inner ear problem AGAIN. And of course, Krissy got her edits on NN4 completed and to me this weekend.

My first call Monday morning is the ENT, obviously my theory that there’s something wrong with my eustachian tube on the right side is correct, because I don’t have ear pain or hearing loss, but my right ear feels weird into my face. The swelling is from my ear to my bottom jaw on that side. It also doesn’t hurt, it’s kind of strange feeling; my skin feels taut and a bit tingly there. I explain all my symptoms to the nurse at the ENT and she tells me “it doesn’t sound like an infection and the doctor noted he suspected you had adult eustachian tube dysfunction could you come in May 4th?” I can, what should I do until then?

“There probably isn’t much you can do. If you were experiencing pain, I’d tell you to go to urgent care. Without it, it’s probably just inflammation and you don’t handle oral steroids very well. Are you taking allergy medications?” I am, I switched it up in Mid-April moving away from Flonase to Nasacort, which has worked a lot better with my symptoms, and I’m taking Zyrtec. “Well, stay on those and if you find heat helps with the swelling you can apply a heated compress to your face a couple times a day if you want. The other issue is you said the swelling wasn’t really obvious and you have other health issues, so even going to get a steroid shot at urgent care, could be misleading. If it starts to hurt in your face or ear, call us back or go to urgent care if it’s intense.”

Great, what do I do about the vertigo? My new regimen is to wake up and take a Dramamine to try to prevent vertigo. After I talked to her, I did take a Dramamine and it helped for about 4 hours. I even went outside and worked for a while. However, when it wore off, it wore off fast and I scrambled to get all my stuff packed and inside. The way the nurse talked, when I come in May 4th, they are going to look in my ear, check my hearing and immediately schedule me to get a tube in that ear, because the inflammation is caused by my eustachian tube keeping fluid behind my ear drum by failing to work properly. I just have to survive until then.

As a result, it will probably be June before NN4 publishes, because I am struggling to work on the first round of edits so it can go for copy editing. I feel like a zombie all day from the Dramamine and moving my head too fast can trigger vertigo as does being outside for a long time.

Premium Content (Yearly): Draft NN4 – Chapter 25

I have started two creative writing courses this week. The first is about writing horror. It’s been interesting and I’m enjoying it. I’m hoping it makes me a better horror writer. The second course is mystery writing, to make myself a better mystery writer. Both show promise, but I think I will get more out of the horror writing class than the mystery. Oddly, I am still working on Competitive Dreams as I start these courses, and I admit I am a little concerned about it. I had hoped to be finished with Competitive Dreams before the courses started. I have concerns that the courses will change the writing style for the end of the book; it happens with me. I learn a new technique and immediately want to apply it to something; it can feel disjointed.

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Premium Content (Monthly): Draft NN4 – Chapter 25

I have started two creative writing courses this past week. The first is about writing horror. It’s been interesting and I’m enjoying it. I’m hoping it makes me a better horror writer. The second course is mystery writing, to make myself a better mystery writer. Both show promise, but I think I will get more out of the horror writing class than the mystery. Oddly, I am still working on Competitive Dreams as I start these courses, and I admit I am a little concerned about it. I had hoped to be finished with Competitive Dreams before the courses started. I have concerns that the courses will change the writing style for the end of the book; it happens with me. I learn a new technique and immediately want to apply it to something; it can feel disjointed.

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Premium Content (Yearly): Draft NN4 – Chapter 24

I had hoped Competitive Dreams would be ready for editing by now, but it’s not. I’ve been very busy working on it, but there have been some delays. A few were weather related on the 7th we had storms all day, so both dogs spent a great deal of time in my office, and we had to have noise at a louder than I can work at volume for it so they couldn’t hear the thunder/lightning/wind. However, it’s coming along as are the edits on Movement in the Shadows, which I hope to release in late May or early June.

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Premium Content (Monthly): Draft NN4 – Chapter 24

I had hoped Competitive Dreams would be ready for editing by now, but it’s not. I’ve been very busy working on it, but there have been some delays. A few were weather related on the 7th we had storms all day, so both dogs spent a great deal of time in my office and we had to have noise at a louder than I can work at volume for it so they couldn’t hear the thunder/lightning/wind. However, it’s coming along as are the edits on Movement in the Shadows, which I hope to release in late May or early June.

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