Monthly Archives: February 2014

Celebrate the Small Things Valentines Day Edition


Once Again it is Friday and time for a new edition of Celebrate the Small Things.

vik - small things 2It is also Valentines Day here in the US of A and while I am not a fan of the holiday that is created by retailers to drum up extra cash, it is a time to tell those you love that you love them. But quite honestly you need to do that each and every day, not just on Valentines Day.

This week I am Celebrating…

* The love of my life and husband who is my soul mate
* My beautiful daughter that makes my life complete
* I am on day 2 of no dizziness – this is huge since I was dizzy almost all of January
* I am moving forward on revising my story

Have a great week everyone!

Insecure Writer’s Support Group – Feb 2014 Edition


The first Wednesday of each month is Insecure Writer’s Support Group Day – Started by Alex J. Cavanaugh.  It is a time when writers can release their fears into the world and give encouragement to others, allowing us writers the opportunity not to feel alone in our struggles and fears… You can find the link here….


I am editing again… One day I will finish this novel and be satisfied enough to send it off to an agent.

It only took me 4 months to write the first draft of this story, it was a whopping 45K words. But, it was the first novel I had ever finished. It had a beginning, middle, and end, that was definitely something to be proud of. Up until this point, I had had notebooks and computer files full of partial stories.

Only now, I am going on 9 months for editing, granted I took off November for NaNo and December to rest. Nevertheless, the other 7 months have really been going over and over this story. I am up to 67K words now. I am about ¼ of the way through my current pass (5th pass).

My fear is I will never know when to stop…. I don’t want to stop to early, but I don’t want to edit and revise this story for the rest of my life either….

The big question… WHEN TO STOP?

If I figure out the answer, I will let you know. If you KNOW the answer, then by all means, let me know!

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Monday Morning Musings


I am sure there are many tired folks out there after watching the Super Bowl last night. I though am not one of them. We are not much of football fans around here, well my father-in-law is but luckily my husband did not pick that up from him and I don’t have to suffer through watching the game. Now if there was a video game expo on TV my darling husband would be all over that!

I think I said in one of my Celebrate the small things blog about being sick almost the entire month of December. Well I am happy to report that January was sick free. However, the dizziness I was feeling while I was sick in December was not going away and by mid January, it had sent me into panic attacks thinking I had a brain tumor or something. I am strange, I know, but the constant dizziness was beginning to worry me.


I finally went to the ER mid January. The crazy part of me feared brain tumor, the more logical part of me figured I had an ear infection. I had neither. After CAT scan, EKG, Blood and urine workups, I came back as the picture of health. Well except for the dizziness of course, and they diagnosed me with Vertigo. They sent me home with a medication for the dizziness and a referral to a Neurologist.

I read a lot and found where vertigo could be triggered by an infection. Which let’s face it, I was sick for a month, there was some kind of infection. I decided to wait it out, instead of heading straight into the Neurologist. What I did do however was go to my chiropractor, I had read this could be helpful and since I have a regular one anyways, I figured it couldn’t hurt.

And it helped. The vertigo began to change. Initially when it started I was fine standing up, walking around, outside it was perfect. But when I sat down then I began to feel like I was a balloon floating up and to the left. I would go to the chiropractor and get my adjustments and those feelings were lessening. Then it changed. What had previously been a floating sensation, changed to a kind of G-force, pushing me down into my chair. Still, walking, outside, etc.. and I felt perfectly normal.

Friday I went for another adjustment and initially after he adjusted me I was perfectly clear; clear head, everything for the first time in forever. Then Friday night around 9pm when I stood up to walk to the bathroom, my vertigo had changed yet again. Now I couldn’t walk. I could stand up straight, but the moment I started to move my body would lean left and would stumble unable to walk. I decided to go to sleep and hope I was better in the morning. I wasn’t, Saturday was the same and so I took some of the medicine the hospital has prescribed and it helped I felt much better, but still wobbly. It was the first time with the dizziness that it wasn’t in my head. I could now sit down and feel fine but when I stood up to walk I was off balance. The good news to come out of this is I was able to sit all day and work on editing my story. I got a lot accomplished on the edititng front!

Fast forward to Sunday and I was perfect. It was the first day this year that I did not have any kind of Vertigo problems, no floating, no G’s, no balance walking problems. And it felt nice!! So far this morning I have been good too! I am hoping, and praying, that the last adjustment, even though it knocked my balance off for a bit, was the one that will take away this dizziness for good!
But, I have decided if it does come back then I need to go ahead and make that Neurologist appointment. Even though I feel like I need an ENT more than a Neurologist.

Okay, so now you know all about my dizziness. I was called a dizzy blonde as a kid, but I am pretty sure those two are not related.  😉

Hope you all have a wonderful Monday and week, stay dizzy free!