Friday, August 16, 2013

News Update

News Update from my life:

1. Norwegian cousins (my husband is half Norwegian) came to visit on Wednesday, from Oslo, Norway. They've been on holiday in America for a month, and we were finally able to get together with them. We had a great time. (I even came out of my introverted turtle party self and warmed up after a bit - which is a good thing, since I was the hostess. :D)

2. My only bad news: My dad has two major surgeries coming up in the next few months, and I actually wish they were scheduled sooner. He has some pre-cancerous growth in his colon that's been coming back over and over again so they are removing part of his colon. Then they traced his Neuropathy to a spot on his spinal column on his neck - there's some extra bone growth that's squeezing the main bundle of nerves and making it hard for him to walk, grasp things with his hands, and breath. It's the ability to breathe that has me the most worried. We just discovered how bad things were on Monday and Tuesday. I'm praying for healing, and a faster time table for surgeries. (they are scheduled in September and October)

3. We had an awesome vacation last month - NY state and NY city, my kids competing and learning at a big model and talent competition in the Times Square Hilton . . . one of the many things we learned - they need at youtube channel or a cd of "greatest" hits of commercials, dancing, acting in 1-2 minute clips to share with agents and managers.
They are both excited about pursuing this talent dream, and my youngest (just 12) is considering the L.A. branch of the NY Film Academy for college. Every day, I get up and my kids are super excited about "making things happen." We didn't come home with an agent or a manager (unless a few who haven't gotten back to us yet call us soon), but we came home super-informed, and they are ready for the next round of auditions (one this Saturday).

4. While in NYC, my husband met and talked to three film crews, and drooled (talked shop) over four sets of cameras (he saw a 4th camera crew but didn't get to talk to them). One of the camera crews was filming one of our favorite shows, White Collar, and when they were done with work for the day, they chatted with my husband for a few hours. It made his day, and made him look to the future (that fuzzy ten year area when the kids are done with college and we wonder what we'll be up to then).

5. I finally, finally, sat down and worked on the second draft of Champion in Flight again. I thought I would have some time on vacation (ha!), but I've only put in two days in the last month. Thankfully, one of those days was yesterday. Today I have time set aside, and I'm ready for it.

6. My 1 Word Interview Idea is a hit, and I'm excited to start! Thank you for all the responses!!!

7. Followed up our NYC vacation with a three and a half day Christian Music Concert Festival with great music, powerful speakers (message-givers), and great fun with friends.

8. I'm ready to get back to "normal" life, but I don't think my life will every fit that word. In some ways, that's good, and other moments, it's a little exhausting.

9. Almost forgot. To celebrate my birthday hobbit-style, the kindle version of Dragonfold and Other Adventures will be free the 20th and 21st at Amazon.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'll be praying for you father. Just leave it in God's hands.
Do I sense a Martinson film crew in the very near future?
And once you publish a book, normal goes out the window.

Tonja Drecker said...

*whew* You've been busy! Sounds like a lot of exciting things are going on.
And I'll definitely keep your father in my prayers.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks Alex! I know I need to trust in God alone. Thanks for the reminder!
A Martinson film crew would be fun!

T. Drecker - Thanks for the prayers! And yes, it's been exciting! :)

Rachna Chhabria said...

I will also be praying for your father. Hope you have a lovely weekend.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Sending good thoughts to your family re the surgeries!

Isn't it great to have people around you who are also excited and passionate about something?! :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Rachna - Thank you!!!

Madeline - Yes! Excitement seems to build on itself!

M.J. Fifield said...

White Collar is one of my favorite shows, too. How cool it must have been to chat with the crew.

And I'll be sending positive energy and healing vibes to your father.

Natalie Aguirre said...

So sorry about your dad. My thoughts are with you.

Awesome how excited your kids are about this all. And glad you had a great trip.

Suzanne Furness said...

Sorry to hear about your father, it must be a terrible worry for you all. Sending my very best wishes.

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne said...

Very sad about your dad, but we will all pray that things work out well for him. It must be horrible for you.
But you do have lots of nice things to be happy about, so focus on the fun you've had lately. Have a nice weekend.

Mark Means said...

I'll definitely be keeping your father in my prayers and how cool is getting together with family you don't get to see that often?

Best of luck with your new draft and am looking forward to that one word interview :D

Have a great weekend!

michie scott said...

you're so busy,get well soon to your dad.
new GFC follower
here is my Celebrate Small Things

Unknown said...

Oh so many great things-- yay. Will be thinking of your dad and hoping he can get surgeries moved up sooner.

randi lee said...

Sending positive vibes to you and your dad. Hope all goes well!! ++++

VikLit said...

Your father and family are in my thoughts.

Sounds like your kids have learned loads - and I love White Collar so I'm super excited about that :)

Anonymous said...

My prayers are headed your way; can't be easy. My dad just went through some surgery as well, and now he's on the mend -- almost back to normal. Whatever "normal" is for a Fowler! Sounds like you've had a busy summer. Good luck on your free promotion.

Stephen Tremp said...

Best wishes for your Dad. I've gone through the same process and hand pre cancerous growths removed. I'll have to have myself checked again soon.