Thursday, August 23, 2012

Leigh M Lane is an angel

As many of you know I am a huge fan of Ms. Lane's book 'Finding Poe'. So when she contacted me and said she read my book 'Shifters' and found some edits, I was grateful. I can edit for style and flow easily enough but I really need to go back to school and learn more about editing for punctuation (I am a comma junkie.) <--See like that; do I put the period on the inside of the parenthesis or the outside? I was so focused on being a zookeeper that I sort of ignored anything that wasn't about animals or organic chemistry.

She sent me what had to be hours of work on her part cleaning up my grammatical messes and punctuational problems. She did not ask for anything in return. I asked her if I could list her as editor and she thanked me. That's right, the woman who had spent hours polishing up my gem thanked me for crediting her for it.

This is the sort of camaraderie you find often in the Indie community. We help each other with cover art and with editing. We soothe each other over bad reviews and celebrate over the good ones. We pimp each others books and visit each others blogs. We are not just community, we are family and for the most part, we stick together. I love being a part of this and have so many people I am grateful to for their guidance and support. Today though I am eternally grateful for Ms. Lane and the fact she so selflessly helped me to become a better author by not just editing the story but telling me what I had done wrong and why.

To anyone looking for some extremely well written, engaging, and purely awesome stories; check out her titles like 'Finding Poe' a brilliant homage to one of my favorite authors and written so much like his style you forget at times he isn't the author. 'World Mart' is her dystopian novel that shows us what the world could be like if we give those corporate fat cats too much power over our lives. 'The Hidden Valley' is her newest work and what a piece of brilliance it is. A story about a ghost town you can read the novel 'The Hidden Valley: The Whole Story' but you can also experience the story through each character's eyes in the separate novellas 'The Hidden Valley: Jane's Story', 'The Hidden Valley:Grant's Story', 'The Hidden Valley: John's Story', and 'The Hidden Valley: Carrie's Story'. I will be sailing my way through these soon as it's such an amazing concept and a fun one.

So, there you have it. You now know why I find Leigh M Lane to be an angel and you know where to go to read some of her wonderful books. I thank her again for her help and you folks for reading. May your day be filled with brightness and joy and may your dreams be happy ones.

Leigh's Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/Leigh-M.-Lane/e/B0055DSE6Y/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_2

Leigh's blog: http://www.cerebralwriter.com/index.html

Friday, August 10, 2012

Cleveland Clinic

So here I am wired up and stuck in a bed for however many days it takes. It was supposed to be a week but hopefully I'll get out sooner. Did I mention I'm having a video EEG? Not only am I wired up for the week but they'll have video of it too. Yay.  I mean really, who doesn't want video of them looking perfectly horrid?

I feel rather sorry for the poor chap that has to stare at my mug for a week. I can tell you that the glue they use for the electrodes itches like crazy. I can also tell you nurses and PAs do not get enough money. The ones I've met here have been downright awesome.

For those who don't know my background here's a little summary:

Nine years ago I was a successful zoo keeper. I was working at the Detroit Zoo and was in bliss. I had the greatest managers, curators, and coworkers anyone could hope to have. One day I was scrubbing the Penguinarium and this pain shot down my left arm into my pinky finger. It brought me to my knees. Mind you, I've been bitten by a lion cub, kicked in the hip by a zebra, had part of my right thumb eaten away by a lizard and those pains were nothing compared to this one.

I sort of figured it would be something like carpal tunnel or a pinched nerve, no big deal. I kept working and a month later that same pain, followed by numbness caused me to drop a bucket of herring and capelin that I was taking up to feed the penguins with. Again the pain had brought me literally to my knees and as I knelt in the Penguinarium kitchen shocked by what had happened I realized I was going to have to go to the doctor.

I was misdiagnosed with Fibromyalgia and spent 4 and a half years being treated with every Fibro drug under the sun. My doctor finally looked at me and said "This is not Fibromyalgia." Since that moment we have been running tests and I've gone to see a couple specialists. Along the way things have changed and worsened, tests have come back at "impossible" levels and everyone has been baffled. I was sent to Cleveland Clinic to test me for a possible seizure disorder.

They don't believe that is the answer but yet another possible side effect of whatever illness is slowly eating me away. They're drawing blood and testing everything while I'm here and hopefully they'll get to the bottom of what's been happening. Whether it's treatable or not it'll just be nice to have an answer, you know?

So there you have it, the whole story in a nutshell. Well, I'm off to do some writing, I hope your day is bright and good. May all your days be happy ones and may good luck follow you wherever you go.