Farewell to the Vampire – April 3, 2019


As usual, this post is several days late.

Also, as usual, it’s been a shitty week.

Those of you who are local to me have probably heard the news by now that my workplace has decided to eliminate a third of its workforce. It won’t affect me much, other than I’ll have to switch shifts from permanent midnights back to days/afternoons swing. After 20 years on midnights, it will be an adjustment.

Unfortunately for 1500 of my co-workers though, it will be much worse, as they are slated to lose their jobs come fall. It was pretty devastating news and made for a stressful, and gloomy week.

That, compounded by some outside stress I’ve been dealing with related to some events I organize, and the fact that I haven’t been taking very good care of myself lately, caused me some trouble last week. Late in the week, my glucose levels got dangerously high, which really messed me up for a bit. I had to take some time to bring them back down to avoid having to go to the hospital.

That incident has made realize I need to start taking better care of myself and to re-evaluate what needs to be a priority, and what I should back off from or stop doing altogether. I can’t afford the extra stress of having to deal with other people’s drama, and it’s certainly not worth my health.

Also, I can’t keep living like Don Draper anymore, as much fun as that has been. I have to realize that I’m not in my twenties anymore, and I have to start taking better care of myself.

I did find a great website loaded with recipes that are low or no sugar and low carbs. It’s sugarfreelondoner.com, and it’s fantastic. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for some great low carb low sugar alternatives.

We also got the news that both this week and next we’ll be laid off again from work. At least I have some extra time to try to relax, and … oh yeah, to try and finish this damned book.

As far as that goes, the turmoil from these past few weeks has taken a real bite out of my output. I’ve had a few more days of not writing pile up, and I’ve fallen short of my daily goal more often than not.

Still, the draft is now over 163,000 words, and I’m inching towards the climax. I think there are only about four or five scenes left to write before I can finally have the main protagonist face off with the main antagonist and have it out once and for all.

I’m hoping to be able to finish the draft before I go back to work in a week and a half, but it will probably be closer to the end of the month.

Other than that, I had a pretty decent weekend, got to see some good friends and spend some time in my shop, did a little more work on the kitchen, and otherwise tried to keep busy and out of trouble.

So, here’s hoping that we’ve hit the bottom of the hill on this part of the roller-coaster of life, and can start climbing that next one.

Hope you’re all doing well.

Novel Word Count – 163,609




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