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Saturday, March 30, 2019

Hello?

*Dusts off blog* Hello out there. It's been almost three years since my last update. Yikes!

If you are, let's just say a lot has happened to me during the past few years. During my last update, I was in the process of editing my story. To be honest, the job I had at the time used to have slow periods, and with nothing else to do, I would write.That ended in June 2016. I got a new job, which has truly been a dream job working at a dog rescue. It keeps me busy so that's cut back on my writing time.

Right around the time I got my job, I noticed my dad was having issues. Now, I had already lost my mom to cancer so I'm pretty protective about my father. I was staying with him to help him out, but his issues were becoming increasingly concerning, and I finally had a sit down conversation with him and told him he needed to go to the doctor.

Diagnosis: Alzheimer's.

Alzheimer's is an incredibly shitty disease. It's frustrating and heartbreaking all at once. My father is about ten years younger than the average person is when they're diagnosed with this. Needless to say, it's been a difficult adjustment for all. My dad lost his right to drive, and he kept forgetting to do things like take his medication and eat food. I finally had to start looking into assisted living places for him.

In the meantime, we had to sell my parents' house, which they had lived in for 30 years. My mom was a hoarder (I'm serious, I found a scrapbook from her teen years where she saved a lock of her own hair) so we had a TON of stuff to go through. I eventually called an estate sale company to come in and deal with it.

Another issue I had was, as I mentioned, I'd been staying at my dad's to help him out. As I knew we were going to have to sell his house, I started house hunting for my own place. I live in an area of the state that's in HIGH demand. Anything within my price range kept selling before I could even go look at it. I finally found a rundown garbage dump of a house that needed major work but had a lot of potential. The person I had brought the house from had been renovating it, and she'd pulled everything out of the house, from flooring to trim to doors. I spent most of last year working on it but it's now livable and I love it. I've never owned property before. I've always rented and I'm really enjoying having my own place.

My father, on the other hand, hated the place we moved him to, and he promptly got himself kicked out. We just moved him into a new place this week and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it'll be a better fit for him.

Now that my life is under a little better control (I hope, at least), I finally opened up my Selene Moon story to give it a fresh look. I put everything on hold as I adjusted to my new job and then the situation with my dad. Now, it's time to get cracking. I love these characters and I think of them often. My friend is part of a writing group so I'm going to take part of the story there and let them pick it apart. I think it's going to be a long process to get this story back on track, but I'm hopeful anyway. 

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