February Update – a broken tooth, an ill cat, and other curveballs

While the whole of January was a bit all over the place, the last week was just, well, a curveball from start to finish.

The year started with some family members and neighbours being the victims of robberies (good old South Africa – you can always count on her on getting the year off to a good start), but luckily no one was hurt physically.

Then, just as I thought the last week of January would be a simple downhill to February, the universe laughed and kicked me.

I did learn, however, that I shouldn’t eat popcorn while reading, as I don’t focus on what I’m doing. I ended up eating an unpopped kernel and breaking a tooth. Okay, more like a big chip, but still. Luckily I wasn’t in pain as my dentist could only see me on Friday as he was ill part of the week. And, since I wasn’t in excruciating pain, I couldn’t blame them for taking the people who were in pain first.

The tooth was, however, mostly forgotten as Sir Tristan got ill this week. He’s fine now, it seems, and I suspect it was a hairball or something. But he honestly looked on the verge of death the one day. It was that awful feeling where you know if you take them to the vet now, the choice will be a few weeks of suffering or euthanasia now. I ended up deciding to wait one more day as he was still eating and it was just as well I did. By Saturday he was running around again and seems to be fine now. Huzzah!

Still, I’ve had him since 2007 when he pitched up in our garden a few weeks after my mom’s cancer diagnosis. So he’s been there through all of that and more with me. I know he’s getting on in years, but I don’t think we can ever be ready for the death of a beloved pet. (By the way, yes, I did try and find his owner and didn’t just adopt him. Although I guess he adopted me…)

The cherry on top, I guess, was that my anaemia came back. I hadn’t been sleeping well after the robberies, so it took me about a week to realise that I’m stupid and that the fatigue is from iron deficiency. I also only then realised that I hadn’t taken iron supplements for two weeks instead of the three days my brain had stopped counting at when all hell broke loose. Oops. But I’m almost back to normal now – well as normal as any fantasy writer can ever be!

And, hopefully, February will be more productive fiction writing-wise.

Categories: Article, Uncategorized

Tags: ,

4 replies

  1. I hope we all have a better Feb, Carin. It’s really needed.


  2. I also broke a tooth! and found my cat tragically frozen in a pond. That was a huge blow. I’m happy yours was okay. Years ago I had a horrible time with anemia, but not since a hysterectomy. I remember that feeling, though. Once my daughter found me unconscious in the bathroom with a big gash across the bridge of my nose. I had blacked out and apparently hit the vanity on the way down, and my glasses broke. I needed nine stitches to close the wound, which bled like the dickens. She called 911 and the ambulance came and I couldn’t speak. I was in the hospital for a week. They found my hematocrit was 7 and think I may have had a TIA as well. February was not the greatest writing month for me. I had a great NaNoWriMo November and wrote a first draft of more than 50,000 words. Gotta get back up to speed again.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Let Me Tell You the Story of...

A writing blog by H.R.R. Gorman

The Art of Blogging

For bloggers who aspire to inspire

Richard's Blog

A quiet corner to talk about my varied thoughts.

Tammy's Reading/Writing Life

A mother, wife, writer, teacher, coach, book fairy, and runner that has random thoughts about lots of topics!

The Official Blog of Horror and Fantasy Writer Lionel Ray Green

"Life is horror and fantasy, not necessarily in that order."

Thoughts of a Bored Writer

My writing. Mostly.

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog



Afrikaanse fiksie deur Carin Marais


art. popular since 10,000 BC

Travels With Nano

Sharing the world's delightful sights and bites to inspire your next travel adventure.


Best-selling Author of the Stone Mountain Mystery Series

Quiet Water Craft

Official crafty blog for my Quiet Water Craft Etsy shop

Julia's Creative Year

my year of trying to be more creative in different ways

Confessions of a Readaholic

Book Reviews | IAuhor nterviews | EST 2013

Art of Shaima

Fantasy Art and Illustration


Knit one, Crochet too, then go make something to eat!


(and crochets, and stitches, and is otherwise generally crafty)


A daily selection of the best content published on WordPress, collected for you by humans who love to read.


Oh! Take a shit, read a story. - My Mother on flash fiction

%d bloggers like this: