Wednesday, May 3, 2023

April Fooled Me But Good (#IWSG May 2023)

April was rough. On the First, my daughter suffered a concussion (no, not related to failed April Fool's prank). We ended up in the hospital emergency room all weekend, from which she picked up a nasty stomach flu. The flu proceeded to work its way through our house, and took us two whole weeks before everyone was back on their feet (we completely missed Easter). We got better for one day, met with in-laws for dinner, and then they got sick for two weeks. 

Through this, my kids have been seriously stressed out. I don't know if it's recovering from the illness or growing pains or what, but their mood and mental resilience have been terrible. Meanwhile, my union went on strike and I was walking the picket line for ten days. There's just no end to it.

It was not this cute.

The strike is over and I'm back to work. Everyone seems to be healthy and the kids are coming around. May is always an exciting month - my birthday, my wife's birthday, Mother's Day and our anniversary all fall within a ten-day period (we did not plan that well). So hopefully life will improve.

Oh, and did I mention that I kept up with the A-to-Z Blogging Challenge through all this, and didn't miss a day? Still don't know what I was thinking with that.

Somehow, through all of this, I actually wrote several chapters for the next Gale Harbour book. I don't know if they're any good yet, and I know they don't have any of my regular humour. I guess I just wasn't feeling very funny. I'm going to have to go back and put jokes in during the revising phase.

How was your month?

Please check out my A-to-Z posts

May Question - When you are working on a story, what inspires you?

This is interesting, because it doesn't say what inspires you to write the story, but "when you are" working on a story. I get ideas to start stories from lots of different places, but the inspiration to keep working on it, that's something else.

Sometimes I write because I want to see how it ends. Sometimes I genuinely don't know. Sometimes I'm trying a new idea or writing style and I want to see how it turns out. Sometimes I have a deadline, for a contest or submission. But most often my biggest inspiration is just wanting to see it done. I hate having unfinished projects (and I have so, so, so many of them), so being able to add something to the finished pile is just satisfying. 

Is that a good reason to write? Maybe, maybe not. But if it gets me to finish writing, then I'm not going to complain.

That's it for another month!

Hugs & Kisses,

P.S. Seriously, check out my A-to-Z Blog Posts. If you're interested in miniature painting, wargaming, model building, crafting... there's a little bit of something in here for you. He's the full list of topics I covered, from A-to-Z:

A is for The Army Painter
B is for Basecoat
C is for Contrast
D is for Dry Brushing
E is for Edge Highlighting
F is for Feathering
G is for Games Workshop
H is for 'eavy Metal
I is for Inks
J is for Jokaero Orange (paint)
K is for Kolinsky Sable Brushes
L is for Layering
M is for Masking
N is for NMM (Non-Metallic Metal)
O is for OSL (Object-Source Lighting)
P is for Primer
Q is for Quality
R is for Resin Printing
S is for... (Stippling, Shading, Scatter Terrain, Sprue)
T is for Terrain
U is for Undercoat, UV Resin
V is for Vallejo
W is for... Washes, Weathering, Wet Blending, Wet Palette, Warhammer
X is for XPS Foam
Y is for... (Flash, Kitbashing, Varnish)
Z is for Zenithal Priming


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sorry you spent half the month sick. Hospitals are so germy.
Strikes are annoying. Glad yours settled quickly.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Sorry about your daughter's concussion and your getting sick too. I can't believe you wrote and did the A-Z challenge while going through so much in April.

PT Dilloway said...

You make my life almost seem better lol. And I'm glad that despite all that was going on you still visited my blog too. Somehow I doubt this WGA strike is going to only take 10 days to resolve itself; a lot of writers are going to be on the picket line for a while.

Loni Townsend said...

Wow. Your April sounds terrible. I'm glad that's over. I hope everyone is back to being well.

Patricia JL said...

Oof. Sorry to hear you and your family were sick. April was a tiring month for me because we were down south for half of it then came home, the next weekend went to my grandma's memorial. The weekend after that I had a convention that was a bust. I'm glad the month is over. I don't trust 2023.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I'm sorry the plague spread around your family. I hope May is much kinder.

jabblog said...

Poor you - hope all your family is fighting fit again (well, perhaps not the fighting bit)
My April was a bit odd, too!
I completed the A to Z challenge as well, having decided to attempt it again only at the last minute.
So far, May has been good - three bank holidays and local election school closure can't be bad. The weather's a bit rubbish, though.

Caitlin Coppola said...

Sorry April wasn't your month. What's the saying...showers bring flowers? Perhaps you got all the cruminess out of the way in April and now have a lovely stress-free May ahead :)

Shilpa Gupte said...

So sorry to hear about all the sickness and the challenges April brought into your life. I hope May turns out to be a blessing!
It's indeed heroic of you to have attempted the A to Z in the midst of all the chaos.
Have a lovely May!

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