Friday, March 17, 2017

An Unexpected Date Change

Picture By Joe Papp - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

My second surgery date moved up to this coming Monday, March 20th. This was decided on Wednesday, March 15th. I had the pre-op appointment the same day the surgeon's office called. Due to that, I plan to take an internet break for two weeks. I posted a bit last time and I don't think that was smart given that I was loopy and in pain. Plus, this surgery is considered harder. I'll be spending a night in the hospital and I have six weeks of "no lifting, no twisting, no bending, no dishes, no vacuuming" although I will be expected to get up and walk in tiny amounts each day building to a half hour of total walking time split in four sessions per day by the time I hit the two week mark.

On a good note in my writing life, I have a new story out at The Crawl Space Journal in Issue #2, which can be read online here.

I have submitted over 20 short works in the last week - over half of these were re-submissions of old works previously rejected. I am proud of that bit of accomplishment although I feel like all of my lengthy works are getting derailed again.

I will set up advance tweeta for the Hero Lost Thunderclap, the Hero Lost Goodreads Giveaway (coming next week), and the Hero Lost blog tour sign-up. If you see my tweets, remember I am just a memory/reminder in the machines for the last two weeks this month.

If you can and haven't already, please sign up for the Hero Lost Thunderclap. I think we need 15 more supporters in the next 40 days. Even more would be awesome!

If you are interested in gaining an Advanced Reader Copy paperback of The Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life Anthology, the Goodreads Giveaway will go live soon. Please look for it on March 21st.

I'm planning on going to see a movie this weekend, eating out once, getting some laughs, and spending some sweet time with my family. Plus, I'll be preparing a stack of movies, books, audiobooks, music, and other items in my room and a bunch of frozen meals for the first two weeks. (Although my daughters are both awesome cooks, my hiatal hernia has forced me to eat bland food which I don't always want to inflict on my spice and hot sauce loving family. My daughters treat hot sauce like ketchup.) My husband is going to do a mega grocery store run and my kids are cleaning the entire house this weekend, so all will be prepared for the first week or two of miserable recuperation. (I have to accept that it will be that way - this will be my fifteenth surgery total and my second one this year, so I have a pretty good idea of how I recover. It's better to go into it with a plan.)

Do you have any "get well, comfort" movies to recommend?
I have a tendency to veer towards odd humor, geekiness, scifi, fantasy, and plenty of action - the more sick I am, the more action I watch. I think I like to imagine that my body is fighting that hard to heal. I do like a good drama now and then, but not when I'm under the weather.
My faves like The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Up, all the Star Wars movies, Avatar: The Last Airbender (the entire series), and all the Harry Potter movies are lined up already. I'll probably add Guardians of the Galaxy to the mix, too. Firefly is sitting in my Netflix queue.

Oh, and I almost forgot ...


In honor of all things Irish, I invite you to write a limerick today!

According some sources, probably not the best ones, this was the first known limerick printed in an 1880 New Brunswick newspaper:

There was a young rustic named Mallory,
who drew but a very small salary.
When he went to the show,
his purse made him go
to a seat in the uppermost gallery.

There is the limerick we all know from Princeton University in 1902:

There once was a man from Nantucket
Who kept all his cash in a bucket.
But his daughter, named Nan,
Ran away with a man,
And as for the bucket, Nantucket.

Limericks can get dirty, but they don't have to be. There's even a mathmatical limerick found at Math Mayhem.

The form is an AABBA rhyme scheme, which means the first, second, and fifth lines rhyme with one another, and the third and fourth lines rhyme with each other but not the others. The first, second, and fifth lines also usually have three feet of three syllables while the third and fourth have two feet of three syllables, or more simply: 9-9-6-6-9 (numbers of syllables in each line).

To help make it easier, the phrase "there once was a" is a traditional starting point.

If you have time after reading this hideously long post or if you come back here in the two weeks that I'm missing, go ahead and write your limerick in the comment section! 

Oh ... and, I have a story coming out in the Brain to Books Convention anthology next month and I'll be attending, although not as much as I had originally planned. For more info on that, go here.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hope everything goes well with the surgery. I'll be watching for the Goodreads giveaway and help spread the word.
Ultimate comfort movie - The Princess Bride.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Wishing you all the best with your surgery, Tyrean - and quick, healthy healing!

If you're looking for funny/nice movies with a little drama and lots of heart, I like Music and Lyrics (Drew Barrymore, Hugh Grant), The Intern (with Anne Hathaway and Robert DeNiro), and just recently The Edge of Seventeen (Hallie Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson.)

Nick Wilford said...

Take care of yourself. Hope the recovery goes well.

Cherie Reich said...

I hope the surgery goes well! Take care!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tyrean - gosh I do hope this is an easier one, than you are expecting ... good luck and take care. Sounds like it's all well organised with lots of loving family around ...

Films: A Fish Called Wanda
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines - old but oh so funny ...
The Secret Life of Bees

and lots more, but can't think right now ...

Take care, good luck and see you soon - cheers Hilary

Annalisa Crawford said...

Hope the surgery goes well. Plenty of writing time in those 6 weeks? Your submission rate is awesome, well done - time to get myself in gear :-)

Annalisa Crawford said...

PS. I second Madeline's recommendation for Music and Lyrics - it's so cheesy it's great, I thought I was the only one who liked it :-)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Alex - how could I have forgotten The Princess Bride?
Thanks, Alex!

Madeline - great picks! I haven't seen Edge of Seventeen yet.

Nick - Thank you!

Cherie - Thanks!

Hilary - Thanks for all the movie suggestions!

Annalisa - hopefully I actually write during some of that time. Best wishes with your writing, too!

Erika Beebe said...

Thinking of you Tyrean and I love your limerick :)

CWMartin said...

No movies, but prayers for a quick recovery. Leave the "posting while loopy" to idiots like me.

Chrys Fey said...

I hope all goes well. Take as much time as you need to recover.

I like to watch cozy movies when I'm not well, like You've Got Mail.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Erika - thank you, but it's not my limerick -

CW - thanks ... and no.

Chrys - Thank you and great suggestion!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Hope your surgery goes well. Take care of yourself and just rest. Keep us updated when you can. What about Galaxy Quest and Dave, older, upbeat movies.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I'll be thinking about you on Monday.

Any of the Despicable Me/Minions movies would be comfort to me.

Romance Reader said...

Wishing you speedy recovery after the surgery!

cleemckenzie said...

I'm hoping your surgery will be over soon and you'll be back to 100% quickly. As to a movie for those recovery days, I'd say My Cousin Vinnie. I never fail to laugh even after seeing it a few times.

Karen Lange said...

Congratulations on your submissions! You inspire me. :) Praying all goes well with your surgery. Take care! :)

Stephanie Faris said...

Oh wow. Hope you heal quickly and it goes better than you even thought it would! Forget movies--I'd binge-watch Real Housewives episodes.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I guess you're in the hospital as I write this. Hope you get home soon and get to moving. The 100 is on Netflix. If you get past the first one or even the second episode it gets really good. Feel better.

Maurice Mitchell said...

I hope all goes well with the surgery Tyrean, and a break is understandable. BTW Susan's right. The 100 is an amazing show.

Gina Gao said...

Hopefully the surgery goes well!

Heather R. Holden said...

Hope you've been recovering well! <3

Also, just checked out your new story in The Crawl Space Journal and loved it! Could really feel for Winona, and the overall world was intriguing, too...