It started off pretty well. I left my job and applied to be a substitute teacher. This would give me more time to write as well as the chance to help out at Small Child's school. The group that hires substitutes told me it would take a maximum of two weeks to get everything done. Great! I settled down for a week of writing, and I finished a draft I had been working on for a year!
I was proud of myself. I was Accomplishing Things!
Then, on February 6th, I went to the Coastal Magic Convention in Daytona. I had a wonderful time at the first panels that morning. I had a great lunch with some author friends.
I went for a walk on the beach. And then this happened.
I missed two steps behind the hotel and fell. I broke my left arm, sprained my right wrist, pulled a bunch of muscles in my ribs, and busted up my left leg. The convention was lovely. The souvenir was not.
I was useless for the next week or so, but soon began to heal. One day, I woke up and my ribs no longer hurt. While my arms still hurt, I was able to open doors and drive. I was ready to rejoin the human race.
And then, on February 25th, I got a call from my husband's work that he had fallen from an 8 foot ladder. He fractured his skull in two places and sprained his right wrist (yes, the same one that I sprained). His left eyelid looked like someone had glued a large purple grape on top of it. He spent 6 days in the hospital, so I spent 6 days in the hospital. Thankfully, no surgery was required, and he is expected to make a full recovery. But there are doctor appointments ahead for both him and me. There is medication to administer, both during the day and at all hours of the night. There is a long road ahead of us.
I've thought about writing. I've thought about my Bookish Delights vlog that I have started, but is not ready to upload. I've thought about them, but that's it. Life needed me to take a break, so that's what I've done. I've rested. I've recharged my batteries. I've read (Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater and 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson). This is what I have needed to do.
The Drown family will be back and kicking soon. But for now, we are paused.