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Updates, Updates Everywhere!

OKAY, so it’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted anything! Let me catch you up on everything that’s happened within my world:

SITE UPDATES

First, there’s a new site in town here: The Other Slipper, shedding new light on Disney’s 1950 adaptation of Cinderella. It was created for the One Page One Month marathon over at Amassment. I am ridiculously proud of this site, since it covers an unusual topic that’s been very close to my heart since I was a child. It is all on one page, so all you have to do is scroll to enjoy the content. Let me know what you think about this new site in the comments on this post, or in the “guestbook” (click “Guestbook” at the top right of this page).

Second, I’ve got a couple of ongoing projects I’m doing–Turning Toward Day is my quasi-blog with some positive thoughts/encouragement, frank talk about faith, and honest life struggles, etc. Also, over on my Instagram page, I started making ASMR content this summer, and I’m now doing videos with serialized short stories on there! Check ’em out when you get a chance–this has been a LOT of fun to do and people seem to enjoy the stories so far.

Third, I hope to finish a couple of sites I’m still working on. I still have lots of work to do on my Seto Kaiba fansite, and I’m also participating in a Sailor Moon marathon, with a planned site about Mamoru Chiba. Who knows whether I’ll actually have brain energy/stop procrastinating long enough to finish both of these, but I’d like to!

LIFE UPDATES

First, I had a very busy summer health-wise. In the space of a month (May 25th-June 25th), I traveled out of state to an awesome gynecologist, discovered I had a 7cm mass in my left ovary and “heterogeneous” tissue in my uterus, and had laparoscopic surgery and a D&C to remove the mass and the weird tissue. Thankfully, nothing was cancerous (that was the big worry, and was why we had to move so fast), but I did lose my left ovary in the process, since the mass turned out to be a giant mucous cyst that pretty much ate all the normal ovarian tissue. (I had no idea cysts could eat ovaries, but apparently they can!) My surgery was June 25th, and it took a full six weeks to recover completely because one of my stitches busted, but it was nothing serious. I’m doing a lot better now and not having nearly any of the symptoms I suffered with for four and a half years, though there may be some trouble ahead regarding hormone levels. Hoping everything normalizes out!

Second, I never posted about this on my domain when it happened and I’m not sure why, but I got engaged!! It happened on December 4th, 2017–the proposal was sweet and simple, just us, no fanfare, just like my awesome fiance. I honestly had no idea he was going to do it, and apparently he’d been planning and saving for it with his mom’s help for about 4 months. We haven’t set a date yet due to all the health weirdness and uncertainty, but now that I’m recovered and actually working (!), hopefully we can plan on a date soon. :D!!

Third, I started professional voice lessons in November of last year, and my voice teacher thinks I have a lot to work with and that it could take me to the big time. It’s taking a while to train out all the bad habits and actually free my voice, but from what I’ve done so far, I can say I’m super excited by the possibilities!

TL;DR

In chronological order since fall of last year, I made a blog, started professional voice lessons, got engaged, started working on a couple of site ideas, had major surgery, and created one new site! Whew, that’s a lot! LOL!

Important Update

I know WMW.org has been quiet for the last month, and there is a reason for that. My mom passed away on April 25th, 2017, after a very long and painful battle with multiple illnesses; the last eight months of her life were misery and agony, and she wanted to be with her father, brother, sister, and mother again. I prayed for her to be healed and whole and happy again…and she is now. Even though I miss her terribly, I would not wish for her to be imprisoned in her injured and ailing physical body again. But it was very hard to work on anything site-related when I pretty much knew she was not going to be here much longer, as you can imagine.

I don’t know what I will be able to get done here throughout the rest of 2017…things are still strange and empty here at home, and grief is a weird ebb and flow of tides in my head. But I did want to share with you the playlist I made for Mom’s Celebration of Life–I wanted others to know my mom through music, because she loved music. I hope you enjoy it. <3

The Terrible Tooth and December Plans

My December plans are a bit more scaled back due to some unforeseen circumstances (see below), but I still hope to finish Absentia. Let’s just say it was a good thing I had so much energy and got so much done in the early parts of November!

I am, however, on the mend now, and I’m looking forward to completing the site for my favorite Doctor before the end of the year. I actually have a few new articles I’d like to add, too!

As for what happened to me these last couple of weeks:

Trigger Warning: Health stuff, possible grossness

Starting on the Tuesday night before Thanksgiving, I got hit with terrible jaw pain…which evolved into terrible tooth pain on Saturday…which turned out to be a severe abscess in my left bottom jaw, finally discovered on Sunday morning. A cracked tooth that had been heavily filled and rebuilt in February had never been quite right afterward, and unbeknownst to me, decay and infection had continued under the filling. Despite this, the tooth had suffered in silence before the infection finally spilled out into my face, swelling my cheek and jaw and making it impossible to eat or even clean the tooth without stabbing pain. Neither cold nor heat would soothe this pain; only 800 milligrams of ibuprofen would even begin to handle its throbbing.

I thus spent most of the Thanksgiving holiday cradling my face, taking obscene amounts of Valium and Advil, and sobbing/screaming my head off, especially at night (occasionally contemplating whether bashing my face against the doorjamb would help anything). But thankfully, after 2 (TWO!!) trips to the emergency room, I finally got antibiotics enough to start easing my suffering, and got a root canal in the tooth two days later. The panic I felt at having to have a dental procedure done was eased much by my awesome dentist (and his suggestion to take a couple Valium before the appointment); even though I hate having dental work done, I wanted to be free of the pain more than anything. The procedure took 2 hours and 15 minutes (the poor tooth was apparently very bad off), but after the numbing shots I didn’t feel a thing! (It’s oddly great to say the numbing shots were the worst part LOL)

Now I am about 6 days post-procedure, and I am able to eat almost normally again, brush my teeth without yelping, and able to sleep on my left side without discomfort! Whee! (And it’s SUPER nice to not be restricted to pudding, soup, and mashed potatoes LOL)

Sneaky Sneaky Updates

I haven’t been gone or anything! I’ve just been doing some subtle updates that you might not notice. Here’s a teeny tiny recap:

  • Worked on Lux Perpetua (which also won an award over at Amassment in June!!
  • Progressed on a super secret project I’ve had in the works since the beginning of May. (You can technically access it right now if you know the link, but it is still in process right now. It’s part of an Amassment event called Construction Zone! :D)

The reason I haven’t been around much is that my mom has been very sick and is now hospitalized…please keep thoughts, prayers, and/or good vibes coming her way!

Yahooooooo New Computerrrrr

Yep, I has a new computer. 🙂 And her name is “Jo”. Let’s pray she’ll be as sturdy and talented as the book character for whom she is named!

In other news, I didn’t get any money for trading in “Meg,” “Amy,” and “Beth” (;_;), but Best Buy can use them for spare parts. :/ Oh well, at least I’m recycling!

Hopefully Getting New Computer Tomorrow

After many moons of waiting (almost 10 months), I’ll hopefully be getting a new laptop tomorrow. I’ll be able to trade in my three older laptops and perhaps get a bit of the price knocked down, but even if the older systems aren’t worth anything, they won’t be junking up my house anymore, and someone else may be able to get a refurbished system for cheaper. And, if all else fails, the metals used in the computers can be recycled :/

I’m looking forward to being able to have my own system again–I’ve been using the family laptop, which does the job, but I don’t feel right saving my own files on the family hard drive. Can’t wait to have my own hard drive again instead of running my life off three flash drives! That’s the only reason y’all haven’t seen version 13 yet–I’ve been trying to minimize the saving and rewriting I’ve been doing, and anybody who’s done web design knows how much saving and editing you end up doing while designing. LOL

We’re looking at buying the Asus G75, which currently has a LOT of good reviews across the board. It only came out last month, so perhaps all my waiting has paid off. Wish me luck tomorrow–hopefully they’ll have it in stock and I can bring my new laptop baby home!

(By the way, this one’s name will be “Jo,” after the character in Little Women; “Meg” was my long-suffering college laptop, which still works, while “Amy” was my spoiled little grad school laptop, whose motherboard got burned out by an overworked graphics card. And “Beth” was my most recent, ill-fated gaming laptop which soldiered on bravely after being gravely wounded. It seemed fitting. :/ )

I Swear I’m Here, LOL

Though not much has changed on the ol’ domain, I swear I’m here. Real life and illness have been keeping me from working, as well as the lack of my own computer yet. :/ (I guess I’ll be going to get a new computer soonish, if only to have an internal hard drive of my own again.) Did I mention I’ve about had it with these headaches that feel like the side of my head’s been set on fire? They need to go AWAY.

…Annnnnnnnnnd I realllllly hate dialup. *shakes fist at corporations that won’t get off their butts to install fast access out here*

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I’ve been keeping Crooked Glasses updated weekly, but that’s been the limit of what I could do most recently. My novel is being worked on, very very slowly (hard to write when I can’t think clearly), and the layouts for WMW.org are coming along well also (amid a couple of rethinking sessions and setbacks). I’ve actually got a very new style on the way–I think it’ll work better for how the domain’s been growing and changing–WMW isn’t such an infant anymore, and appears to have grown out of its baby clothes. 😛

Please continue to watch this space, as I battle the Headache Monster, the Real-Life Monster, and the Technology Monster. ^_^;