What a week! (Month, actually.)
I found out that when women get pregnant, they turn into aliens. Seriously. (If you have a weak stomach, skip over the next couple of paragraphs.)
Apparently, during the third trimester, a woman's body is creating blood vessels so quickly and in such a large amount, that if you cause trauma--on say, a finger--blood vessels may grow there. Yes, this happened to me. :-( I went to the doctor's a month ago and found out that a red, sore, bleeds-a-lot bump on my finger was a blood vessel. It had to be removed, because it would've continued growing, and every time I barely touched it it would start bleeding.
The doctor numbed my finger up (the most painful part), shaved the bump off, then cauterized it several times. Fun.
The risk of this sort of thing is reappearance. And of course, mine came back. So, last week, I returned and had the minor surgery done again. Except this time, the numbing part was incredibly painful. The stuff actually turned the blood vessels in my hand white, and made it feel like I was having needles hammered into my finger, hand, and wrist. Really not fun. And the hole in my finger is much bigger. I'm attaching pictures for those of you who are curious and have a strong stomach. I'll put pictures of Lizzy in the actual post (below) so if you want to see her and not my finger, you don't have to click on the pictures attached to the post. :-)
If the blood vessel returns, they'll have to punch a hole in my finger and insert stitches really deep. I'm praying hard the dang thing won't come back!
Next awful thing that happened to us. Last Thursday afternoon, the drain in our laundry room backed up with sewage water and flooded the room. We spent hours and lots of dollars trying to get it to clear, but to no avail. We ended up spending the night in a hotel, I didn't have time (or internet access) to get on and be involved on Gather (sorry about that - :-( ) and we didn't get a lot of sleep for several days. Every time the heater turned on, the smell got pushed through the whole house. YUCK. And it was too cold to sleep with the heater off, especially with a little baby.
Awful story turned not so awful: we found out it wasn't our fault but the city's. They paid to have a company come in and clean everything up for us on Monday (my two-year anniversary :-)). That company is still working on getting everything cleared away - it's been a week, and we're still experiencing smells and such. What an ordeal! But we're lucky. The sewage also backed up into the neighbor's house, and they had over 500 gallons pushed into their basement. He, my neighbor, was up all night last Thursday with friends and wet/dry vacs, trying to keep the water level down. And they'd just barely finished their basement. Ours is still partially unfinished, and only the unfinished part of the house was affected.
Anyway. Phew! Lots of fun stuff happening. But you know what? Even through the trials there are blessings. For instance, my eBook launch last week of the fourth book in my series was phenomenally successful. I've been having amazing sales. And The Key of Kilenya is still in the top ten for its free, teen fantasy genre. It was #1 all weekend! And we released the special, illustrated edition of The Key of Kilenya as an eBook.
So, while there's a lot to complain about, there's plenty to be grateful for.
I promise there won't be so many updates next week. :-) Because THERE WON'T BE SO MANY AWFUL THINGS HAPPENING!
Gosh, darn it.
On to today's prompt!
I love brainstorming new ideas for books, stories, etc., and I've been asked - like everyone else who writes - where I get my ideas. My response is usually this: dreams, movies, books, previous experiences, games I used to play as a kid, etc. I have very vivid dreams and plan to write several of them into novels.
To respond to this prompt, I want you to choose from a couple different options:
- Tell us how you brainstorm new ideas: where they come from, whether you outline, use flowcharts, where you brainstorm, and things that help with the process, etc.
- Pick one of the sets of words I've come up with below, and brainstorm a story. You don't have to write the story, just give us an idea of where you'd take it, if you were asked to write it. :-)
Sets of words:
- Pizza, blue (the color), mowing lawns, bank.
- Education, first love, Morocco.
- Green and rolling hills, clouds, dead body.
- Skin rash, post-it note, practical joke. (My hubby came up with this set.)
- Scissors, flag, music, unsure--a state of mind. (Another one from my hubby. :-))
You have until Thursday, March 14 (MY BIRTHDAY!!!), 2013 at midnight to write and post, and it can be in any format.
I will comment on and feature your responses a week from today.
* Have your title say FWE or Friday Writing Essential, and have the initials "BNI" (Brainstorming New Ideas) in it.
* Make sure to post to the Writing Essential Group.
* Put FWE or Friday Writing Essentials and the initials "BNI" in your tags.
Can't wait to see what you all come up with! :-)
Responses to last week's prompt:
And now, pictures of Lizzy!!! :-)
She's got this quirk where she loves opening her mouth as wide as she can. And it has nothing to do with how hungry she is - she does it all the time. Same with sticking her tongue out. :-)
Smiling for Mom!
Taken today - my most recent picture of her. :-) I tried to catch her while she was smiling, but every time I took the picture, that serious expression was back on her face. With the elevated eyebrow, of course. :-)