It?s been 9 months since I slipped in my kitchen, struck my head and saw stars. Before my concussion, I was writing every spare moment I had. My goals for 2015 were to publish 7 stories and have another 4-5 written for 2016. Well, I sure didn?t hit my goal ? that?s for sure!
Thankfully, I have a pretty awesome team of people who helped me to get out the three stories I had already written before the injury. They were a little late out of the gate, but they were at least published.
It wasn?t until early January that I forced myself to sit down and write more. My therapist?s encouraged me to push past the issues I was still dealing with and set a small daily goal. Not only was this to help my endurance levels, but to get my mind back into the focus of thinking in more depth.
This wasn?t just for my books; it was to help me get ready to go back to work, too. In police work, you write a lot of reports ? a lot of reports! The process of thinking in that kind of detail was daunting to me, and luckily with the help of my three therapists, has finally started to become easier. In a couple weeks, I will finally return to work part time and work myself up to full duty again.
In the meantime, I write daily still dealing with headaches and word recall issues, but it?s getting easier. I managed to write a 40,000 word novella in January that will be released in March, and finished another novella for the Celebration Series that I?d been in the process of writing when I sustained my concussion.
Now, I?m working on the third novella for the Celebration Series, and will hopefully move on to the fourth one by the end of the month. Once the fourth one is finished, I?m hoping to dig back into Second Shield 2. By that time, I should have my higher cognitive processing closer to where it was. My hopes at this time is to have Second Shield 2 release late summer.
The last 9 months have been frustrating and very depressing, but I am finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. It?s been a long haul that has had my focusing on a lot of different parts of my life. I?m so thankful that my injury wasn?t worse, and I know I will never be back to my old self. But I have accepted my new self, and I know that eventually, I?ll find my groove again.