Christmas 2018 Ornaments

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My girlfriend suggested a new gallery which I call my Christmas 2018 Ornaments. They represent a few of my latest acquisitions to my ornament collection.

Click on the link to load the slideshow and see what I like.

Christmas 2018 Ornaments

Feel free to send me a comment or two. I will respond in a timely manner. Feel free to check out my books available on Amazon and other ebook retailers.

Thanks for taking a look.

Merry Christmas 2018

Merry Christmas 2018

Wishing you and yours, my friends, family, readers and fans a verry Merry Christmas 2018. And as for those that don’t celebrate it, and I know you’re out there, have a very happy holiday season.

Thank you for the support and love you all have shared throughout the year. You’re awesome.

Christmas 2018 gallery

Christmas 2018

Christmas 2018 gallery

Yesterday, I wrote about setting up for the holiday, which kept me from writing all that much. Here is the result of a job well done in preparing for Christmas 2018, at least as reported by family and guests who stop by for drinks and conversation.

I can’t offer you a drink but I can say this. Click on the picture and enjoy the show!

Christmas 2018

In the holiday spirit and knowing that you enjoy my stores, would you please share the love by sharing my Website  or Amazon author page  with your family and friends. Enjoy many hours of spirited conversation as you discover common interests.

Thank you for your love. I hope you had a great year.  Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and may the coming year bring you continued love and joy.

Writing during a Holiday Season

A Quick Update

Good day to you all, I’ve missed you. Writing during a holiday season is a challenge for sure. However, I can tell you that all of you, my readers, fans, friends and family alike, I think of you frequently day after day.

We came out of a four-day holiday in November, and I managed to put it to good use, writing several chapters in my latest book, the sequel to ‘Perfect Prey,’ book 2 in the Consortium series. I’m excited about how this book is shaping up.

The Trafficking ConsortiumWhen I started writing this book, I knew how to start it and how I wanted it to end. The trouble was, I didn’t know how I was going to get you there. Alas, during that holiday period, I figured it out. I can’t be more excited by how I have laid out the story. Trust me, friends, it’s right up there with my best work and a perfect fit in the stories that began with ‘The Trafficking Consortium.’

I am having so much fun writing this new book.

New demands on my time

Alas, new demands on my time are against me. Writing during a holiday season feels like just another task to be done. Just when I thought I would have a breather for a couple of weeks, I didn’t. Almost as soon as it was over, I had to set up for the next holiday. For me and my household, that’s Christmas.

That means carrying boxes up from the basement, unpacking and arranging decorations throughout my humble home. Then moving the empty boxes back down, and bring up some more over and over again pushed me to a cliff.

In the midst of that, I had a scare with my lower back. I hurt it but not so much as I did 15 years ago. From my experience, I knew what I had to do, and I did. I fought off the bulk of the injury and helped it heal. Today, I’m still sore and find it hard to sit for long periods.

On the welcoming side, it’s forcing me to use my stand-up workstation at work more. Honestly, I was getting lazy sitting at my desk instead. The standing, the flexing, stretching, and walking is helping it heal faster. However, by the end of the day, I am most certainly looking forward to going to bed. I just can’t stay there. Up and at them is the cure for my back.

Let the party get started

Still, the house is decorated. Our out-of-town guests arrived last week, and it’s been fun ever since. Some days we share quality time together, such as last night when we all went out to dinner. Other days, we see each other for a few minutes, and then they are off to visit their family in other areas around town. It’s a right balance between partying and recovering. This pace will continue right through to the end of the year, oh help me, please.

What does this all have to do with writing? Much. Lately, the best I could manage was to start a chapter and periodically pick up after a bit. Mostly, I write notes so that I don’t forget how I want to take Avril’s story in the Consortium. She’s in for rough times ahead, and her emotions can no longer stay bottled up.

The big question ahead of me. Will Avril break under pressure or persevere and overcome the challenges that await her. Stay tuned and see for yourself. I’m determined to get his latest segment in her story out by spring of 2019.

Wish me luck. Afterall, finding it difficult writing during a holiday season can be considered just an excuse.

Yours indeed in storied imagination. Have a very happy holiday season.
Richard Verry

Botox plus Daith Piercing

Botox for Migraine

Botox plus Daith Piercing

Wow, it’s been a month since I last wrote to you. Where has the time flown? A lot has happened, so let’s get right to it.

In my last entry, I wrote about my Daith Piercing. I got it to help deal with my chronic headache. While I tried to stay realistic, hope for the best and pray that it would help with my headaches, unfortunately, they persist. On the face of it, the jewelry in my ear is not helping. However, I do like it so it will stay.Daith Piercing

It’s not my first piercing, and likely, it won’t be my last. I’m thinking of a stud in my ear lobe and maybe even conch piercings. As I write this, I’m chuckling, as I realize the modifications I am thinking about all revolve around my ears. Interesting.

But back to the singular goal I am working on. That is getting rid of the 24×7 headache I’ve suffered with for the past two and a half years. It’s chronic and never ending. Some days, well let’s just say, I put up an excellent front to stay in touch with life. Inside, I ache.

What next?

I’ve spoken with headache sufferers over the years, and as bad as theirs are, none seem to share my experience. Yes, they can go on for days at a time, but eventually, they get relief, even if it is short-lived. Me — no such luck. I’m coming to the conclusion that I will always live with this condition, a direct result of hitting my head and suffering a concussion in July 2016.

However, while I may have to deal with this for the rest of my life, I am determined to live up to my personal motto. The motto is:

“Anything is possible, nothing is impossible, it’s all in the attitude.”

Check out my ‘About Me’ section on my website where I go into depth on this.

To me, to live up to my motto, I will deal with it just as I always have in other aspects of my life. “Never give up, never surrender.”

Botox treatment

Getting back to my Daith Piercing, I decided that I needed to give the headache a one-two punch. My neurologist has been suggesting a series of Botox injections to deal with my problem. I’ve been resisting, but I’ve been told that my options for treatment are limited. I know that Botox is a poison which can be useful if used carefully and in medically supervised situations. Seeing how the piercing was not having an immediate effect, I went for it.

Ten days after the Daith Piercing, I had the Botox treatment. It involves 32 injections all over my forehead, scalp, neck, and shoulders. Thirty-two injections seem worse than it was. From my experience, most were no more than a minor sting. A couple I could really feel and were borderline painful. Still, I was determined.

The idea was, if I could break the constant cycle, give myself even a hours relief, I could do it again and then again, stretching each duration to something a bit longer than an hour. Over time, I could extend these periods of relief to days or weeks.

Thank you to https://americanmigrainefoundation.org/understanding-migraine/botox-for-migraine/ for helping me decide to proceed.

Findings so far

You ask, “It’s been two weeks. Did I accomplish my goal?”

I’m sorry to report, no, at least not yet. For the first couple of days, the headache seemed to bounce around my head, looking for a place to land, only to be stymied by the Botox. As such, it complained by elevating the intensity of the headache. The jury is still out on this one, but before the piercing, I averaged a 1-2 level on the pain scale and now, its a 4-5 with spikes in the 6-7 range.

How is this possible? It beats the shit out of me, but I’m determined to kick this in the ass. In the meantime, I have to remain patient. I have support, and I’m told that I am a patient person by those that love me. Yet, I never thought that of myself. Am I really a patient person? It seems hard to imagine. Whatever.

Next?

I have another treatment scheduled in two months, with two more every three months after that. There are no quick fixes, as I learned along the way. Stay patient and keep plugging is all I can do.

In the meantime, what I need to do is get back to writing. My book sales are getting erratic, and I don’t like that. In the past month, I’ve only written drafts of two chapters in my next book.

The desire is there, yet the distractions often overwhelm me. Yep, there are numerous distractions. My website host is struggling with slow performance, and issues with their database engines, which in turn translates to slow responsiveness to those navigating to my website. I’m crossing my fingers in the hope that even this post goes out okay. It may not, and I will have to deal with that too. The holidays are upon us, and there are other distractions within my world that I won’t even go into and mention.

Suffice to say, I’ve got to get going and dealing with all of this. Like I said in the beginning.

“Anything is possible, nothing is impossible, it’s all in the attitude.”

Have a great day and a better tomorrow.