I haven't been allowed to drive for seven weeks, and have compiled a long shopping list for Wednesday of necessities I've run out of, things I need to restock and replace things, and visit the places I like to shop to prevent really going into withdrawal. It has been over two months, so taking the dog in for grooming, then getting my hair trimmed will be my first stops.
Some things are still hard for me to do: opening the pickle jar, washing my hair, changing the sprinkler on the hose, flipping light switches and pushing buttons with my left hand. The fingers not in the cast still swell. I'm so tired of showering with my left arm in a plastic bag, and it's nearly impossible to soap a wash cloth without using both hands.
In some ways the seven weeks passed quickly. I read a lot on my new Kindle, a Mother's Day gift from a daughter. I especially enjoyed Phoenix Rising Book One: Janus by Gail Delaney. The emotional scene where John Smith sends his adopted son to another galaxy for the boy's safety had me in tears. Here's my favorite line: "The being polite and behaved crap sucked," the troubled heroine's thought.
Then I read A Dream to be Loved by Kandi James. Haven't we all dreamed of this? James tells an emotion-packed story. First novel I've read of hers, but there will be more. Everglades, by Petie McCarty kept me up reading late into the night. I had to find out if the hero and heroine escape the Everglades alive. They do, only to dive right into another jam. There's a boatload of suspense in this book.
A good time, I decided, to find out what all the Internet chatter was about, so I read three of E. L James' novels next, and I'm delighted I did. Then I read Out of Time by Michelle Sutton and Chameleon's Shadow by Tami Dee, a historical romantic suspense. My favorite line from Tami's book: "There had been a time when she had wondered if she would survive her survival training." Only a host of friends watching over her keep the Chameleon safe, and I loved the ending, a complete wrap-up of the loose ends.
I didn't get to read as much as I'd planned during my recovery, since edits came back for Fairy Dusted, my September release from Desert Breeze, and for two November releases. Then still one handed, I wrote some blogs for future promos, and submitted and sold two manuscripts to Desert Breeze Publishing for 2013 release.
My recovery was also a good time to book promos and request reviews, so I filled several spots on my calendar, but have neglected my Web presence for far too long. I could only do so much with an ice pack on one hand.
My first release from Desert Breeze, Law Breakers and Love Makers, will be released in print in November, and editing it is next on my to-do list. Perhaps I'll tackle that today.