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General Discussion / Re: The good morning, good night thread
« Last post by Ed on March 09, 2020, 11:22:12 AM »
Hi Geoff, sorry to her you've had your own medical woes. Seems there's a lot of it about, lately  :afro:

When I got the diagnosis and knew I had to wait a while for the operation, I decided to go vegan for the interim, in the hope it would maybe keep the cancer at bay. I kept it up for about a month, but then at pre-op, I was told in no uncertain terms, "Don't do that!" and I'd need as much iron in me as possible for blood production, to stave off the need for a blood transfusion. I was doing veganism as properly as I could, in terms of getting a balanced diet, but I must admit it made me feel really unhappy. I couldn't believe how many things I suddenly couldn't eat. On the way back from the hospital that night, my wife suggested we stop off for a steak to celebrate, but what I really wanted was a carbonara, so we stopped in an Italian. Funnily enough, I found myself thinking the bacon was too salty and tasted really strong, so I left most of the meat. I found the meal very difficult to digest, and I felt quite unwell for a couple of days afterwards. I think it was the shock of introducing animal proteins into my system again.
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General Discussion / Re: The good morning, good night thread
« Last post by Geoff_N on March 05, 2020, 04:36:44 PM »
Just popped by to see any activity.
Gosh, sorry to hear of your cancer, Ed. I probably should've known? I was in denial of my cardiac problem, what with being vegan and a cyclist and all, but when I was blues and two-ed to Broad Green in Liverpool and had 3 stents shoved in my heart I had to get real. I feel fine now as long as I keep taking the tabs. Good luck to you, Ed.

I'm sure, Del, that I bought a couple of your westerns and my son nicked them before I could read them. I presume they're still available on Amazon? I only buy paperbacks cos my eyes start drifting these days from staring too much at screens.
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General Discussion / Re: The good morning, good night thread
« Last post by Ed on March 02, 2020, 05:00:22 PM »
Didn't go, and don't feel like I will regret it. Didn't even think about it until quarter to one, when it was already over, so it obviously wasn't important to me.
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General Discussion / Re: The good morning, good night thread
« Last post by Ed on March 01, 2020, 06:12:01 AM »
Yeah, I will. Thanks Del. Probably a bit of over share going on here, TBH. You would expect me to be a basket case with all this going on, and more besides, but I feel OK. If anything, I'm just a bit worried that I'm not reacting normally to these things, or how you or I would expect to react to it all. I probably should be feeling a whole gamut of emotions from the cancer, for which they've now recommended chemotherapy, and the death of a parent. I'm just not feeling it. I've got the normal worries of work life, nothing has really changed. I'm still a bit sore from surgery, but life is pretty much back to normal for the time being.
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General Discussion / Re: The good morning, good night thread
« Last post by delboy on February 29, 2020, 04:56:13 PM »
Wow, he certainly doesn't sound like a very nice person, to put it mildly. I can see why you've cut all ties. Only you can decide - but do you need closure? Hasn't that already happened? Blood is one thing. Family is something totally different. But, like I said, only you can decided. Hope you're feeling okay, physically and emotionally with everything.

Take it easy.
Derek
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General Discussion / Re: The good morning, good night thread
« Last post by Ed on February 29, 2020, 04:00:28 PM »
Over share -- deleted
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General Discussion / Re: The good morning, good night thread
« Last post by Ed on February 29, 2020, 11:38:15 AM »
Sorry to hear your publisher has thrown the towel in, Del. I hope the new one woks out well for you. :afro:
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General Discussion / Re: The good morning, good night thread
« Last post by delboy on February 26, 2020, 06:19:12 AM »
So the western publisher stopped publishing westerns as there's no money it. Which is a shame as I have a finished MS and a half-finished MS and an idea for a whole series on the back of one of these. As mentioned earlier on this thread I have been considering self-publishing, but I'm a lazy sod and this looked like a lot of effort.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, another western writer in the same boat has published a couple of his completed MS's with Wordwooze - a Californian Co who will do an ebook, an audio book, and sometimes a paperback. He's had no issues and says they're good to work with.

So I subbed my MS to them and they've accepted it (I'm so used to rejections, that anytime someone says Yes I think "What's the catch?"). I don't expect much other than it being nice that the book is out there and, hopefully, it'll be reason enough to write some more in the series, which I've been looking forward to doing, but have needed an outlet to inspire me.

Still waiting for that moment in life when I have enough time to really, finally, be able to throw some proper time at writing. When that point comes around I shall try and up the engagement level between my writing and the world! Meanwhile, I think this is  good news.
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General Discussion / Re: The good morning, good night thread
« Last post by Ed on February 13, 2020, 11:02:52 AM »
Cool :afro:

I think I'll extent the dealine until the end of Feb. I've got a flash brewing in my mind, but it's not down on Word yet
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General Discussion / Re: The good morning, good night thread
« Last post by delboy on February 11, 2020, 04:35:50 PM »
Hey Ed. Great to hear that it all went well and you're now recovering. It sounded a little painful - a lot painful - but at least you're through the dark days! Great write-up, too :-) You've still got it  ;)

Pharo, great to hear from you. I was only looking at your website a little while ago. At the time, I was working on something that had I finished would have needed a decent editor... Sorry to hear about the tough times you've been through. Hope things are on the up for you, too.

And Russell, that must have been awful. I can't imagine going through such a thing. I hope things are good, or at least better, for you, as well. I'm trying to manoeuvre myself into an early retirement position. But every time I think I have things lined up the goal posts shift -  Brexit, then various accounting scandals, then the pension scheme was wound up, then our bit of the company was sold off... Still, here's hoping!

Must have a look at Ed's Flash challenge now...

Derek
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