First, just to let you know, Tale is coming along great! I'm on chapter 32, so only 8 more to go. At least on my end anyway. Still waiting to get back the chapters from my critique partner, Heather, so I'm sure there will be changes I have to do before sending it on to the beta readers. I'm hopeful it will be in the next couple of weeks.
Second, I'm also waiting to get the cover finished. The painting is done and scanned into a file, now waiting for the title and my name to be added, along with creating files for Amazon and the like. I do have to start on the blurb for the back and plan to do that this weekend.
So, lots going on, but in the midst of all this, I've been struggling with IBS, which hasn't been a for sure diagnosis until I have a few more tests. All I know is when I have an attack it is very painful. I've been to the Kaiser after hours and the emergency room, and even though my heart and other parts seem normal, there really is no explanation as to why I can't eat anything without finding myself in severe pain. It's extremely frustrating to say the least.
The other big news, well, almost surreal for me, is I have discovered my blood family(s). For those of you who don't know, I am adopted - hence the reason I wrote Stevie as an adopted baby.
I was contacted by whom I think is my 3rd cousin, Debbie Mahoney, and we ended up on the phone. Since then she and I text almost everyday about who my birth parents could be. I told her that I'm sure I'm the best kept secret in their family.
After speaking with my newfound cousin, I made contact with another woman who is my 2nd cousin, which we determined, and I actually went to her house yesterday and met her. I lucked out having a blood relation here in Colorado! Her name is Elizabeth, but she goes by the nickname, Betty.
Betty is a lovely person. I enjoyed getting to know her and learning about her side of the family - or - I guess my side. It's kind of hard to wrap my mind around it yet. I did contact the Bureau of Vital Statistics and spoke with a woman from there yesterday. She gave me another woman to contact and told me it is quite a process to unseal my adoption papers.
Both of these issues have weighed heavily on my mind and soul the last couple of weeks. It's been hard for me to concentrate on the book with all of this going on, but I'm trying to get through it. I will keep plugging away though. I have a set goal and hope I can reach it.
I do have to say my life is anything but dull. There is always some kind of conflict or different direction for as long as I can remember.
Those of you who are adopted can fully understand what it's like for me right now. I am ready for some simplicity in my life though 'cause I'm tired.
I hope to meet my goal of having my launch in November. Keep your fingers crossed for me while I struggle through. All of you have been very supportive and have stuck by me with my book journey and other life's challenges. Thanks for that!
I'm leaving you with a couple of cool pictures, and I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and hope to hear from you.