Recently I shared with all of you about the head injury I sustained back on February 9, 2018. Because of this- a new book idea was formed and has grown into my newest work-work-in-progress, Tattered Hearts.
I decided that if I was going to experience a concussion, and the process of healing from one, then I would share it by telling a story. So now, my heroine, Allie Mills, is going to go through the same issues I
did. And since I write about love stories, of course that's
going to be a huge theme in the book as well. (After all- I like to write about subjects that I know, sometimes that comes in the form of first hand knowledge... and yes, parts of my life do show up in my books.)
Once I decided on this path for my main characters, I came across a country song by LANCO titled, Greatest Love Story. Have you heard of it? If not, I highly recommend you take a listen to it- and pay attention to the words. I'm now in love with that song, and it's the other driving force behind the story for Allie & Jake, the two main characters of Tattered Hearts. I'm sure you can guess at why I wrote the title now, but to really know you'll just have to read the book when it comes out. ;)
Now, I'm sure many of you know or guess, music can be a great inspiration for authors as they go through the writing process. It helps to get those creative juices flowing even more, and helps add to their stories. So when I started writing this novel, random songs would come on the radio that I felt would help tell Allie and Jake's story. Which helped me to come up with this small playlist. Well, for now, at least. I hope you enjoy these songs just as much as I do.
LANCO- Greatest Love Story
Eric Church- Round Here
Taylor Swift- Last Kiss
Taylor Swift- Our Song
Dylan Scott- My Girl
Keith Urban- Coming Home
Miranda Lambert- Tin Man
Dustin Lynch- Small Town Boy
Tim Mcgraw- Highway Don't Care
LANCO - Born to
I'm really looking forward to seeing how it all comes about!!
A special bonus- the link🔻 to this awesome song that inspired me further.
you've noticed, or maybe you haven't, but I've been noticeably M.I.A for quite
some time now. After my last release: Falling for Summer, back in September
2017, I had a bit of break as I prepared myself for my next book to write. Then
life got in my way.
things were going on like: getting kids back to school, a funeral for my
grandmother, learning how to deal with a new puppy, losing sleep because he was
like a newborn child, and then the holiday's hit, among other life events. So,
I figured I would get back to my works-in-progress by the start of the New Year
however, time slipped through my fingers and the next thing I know, it's
February 2018 and I hadn't done a thing. Oh sure, I had plenty of ideas and
continued to promote the other books I had, but none of it brought me closer to
putting anything to paper. This brings me to the biggest reason I’ve been
missing in action here for the rest of 2018.
February 9th, at about 8 am, I could be found standing on a kitchen chair while
cleaning out my spice/medicine cabinet. I'm not saying this was a smart choice-
but I didn't have step ladder, so a chair was the next best option. So here I
am, cleaning away when I decide to reach over and a tad bit and clean the
microwave. It had a little bit of dust on it- so why not? It didn't seem like a
big deal- oh but how wrong I was! You see, I was leaning a bit to the left to
wipe it down before I went back to wiping out the cabinet however, just doing
that made me go off balance and I fell straight back, slamming my head and back
onto the kitchen floor.
I laid there feeling hurt, stunned, and in pain. But I knew I couldn't lye
there forever and wallow in my misery. Nope. I had a dog that I just knew was
up to no good, as it was too quiet, to get to. Sure enough, I turn my head to
the left and see him, through my teary eyes, coming towards me but it's what he
left behind that I knew I need to get up for. He had taken some papers and
ripped them to shreds. Sigh. He's such an equal opportunist when it comes to
paper, cardboard, toilet paper, tissue paper, Kleenex, sticks, bushes, bark,
and anything other product that has to do with being related to a tree.
could pull myself off the floor, he's in my face, licking it. I was in so much
pain and mad that I fell, and mad that he tore something up again! So I shooed him
away and told him to go away. The poor baby! The first thing I think, once I'm
standing up is: Do I have a concussion? I quickly Google the word and read off
the symptoms. Once I finished, I realized I had three of those issues- but
wrote them off as being related to other reasons for having them. Next, I call
the chiropractor, knowing my body needed a visit to them ASAP! One problem with that
call- my D.C. was on vacation for a week and his partner couldn't see me until
Tuesday, which by the way- it was Friday morning at this point. So, I suffered
the weekend- having to forgo church and not being there when they sustained me
to my new youth leadership calling. My head was pounding, my body felt years
beyond my 40ish ones, and I couldn't handle noise, light, or think straight. I
put myself to bed that weekend and patiently, maybe/maybe not, waited for my
rolls around and the diagnosis? Concussion and whiplash.
even begin to describe what a crazy injury this was for me. For months I was in
physical pain and my brain was scrambled and here we are, 14 weeks later and
I'm still experiencing issues. Hitting your head is no joke. I can't tell you
how many times I've stood on a chair or fallen and smacked my head. It's
amazing how hard and thick our skulls are. Boy do we need that protection-
because just one hit the 'right' way, and it can mess you up for a while, or for
I ended up
having Post Concussion Syndrome and the prognosis for getting better? Three
months to a year, or maybe longer depending on your age. I'm here to tell you
that being older and taking a spill like that isn't easy on the body. It surely
doesn't bounce back like it used to.
the things I experienced during this injury:
issues- stuttering, slurring, mixing up words, forgetting words, combining two
words to make one word
issues- not being able to spell right, forgetting the meaning of simple words,
some long term memories and short term memory issues, and some days I can't
remember doing certain things or saying certain things
I couldn't even clean because doing one simple task wore me out
to Noise and Light
can I multi task as I can't focus/concentrate on two things at once
I was put
to bed rest and for months I couldn't use anything electronic. I had to put my
brain to rest and have little to no brain stimulation. That was a test right
there in itself!
grateful that it wasn't worse, that I didn't black out, and that I didn't break
anything. I also feel like this was a learning lesson for me in learning
to slow down in life, and not put so much on my plate, or stress myself out so
much. Not an easy thing for me to do, but I feel like it's been good and
necessary as I learn that I can't do it all. I'm not Wonder Woman, and I don't
have to say yes and help everyone out all the time. I can say no more than I
say yes. Sometimes, ourselves, family, and health need to come before others,
work, and whatever else we put before all of that.
thing- it did inspire my next book that is in the process. ;) ha ha
looking at publishing in either August or September 2018.
time to appreciate what life has to offer by slowing down to enjoy the beauty
that's all around us.