Friday, May 28, 2021

Adventures in Lockdown...



It's been six months. Six months!

And I've had so many posts in progress, so much that I wanted to post and say here, that I just wasn't able to get to. I didn't mean this space to become so silent.

So what happened?

Wait, I can answer that, actually. This stressful, worrisome, mixed-up, scary, frustrating year.

So I hope, first and foremost, that this finds you well and safe, despite the stressful times and traumas we've all been undergoing.

As for me, I'm okay, but it's been a wild ride the past few months. In March—just a little over two months ago—I almost died of congestive heart failure. I didn't even know I was sick! I spent over two weeks in the hospital, where I gained a whole new appreciation for things like life, health, and little things I'd taken for granted... like walking. And breathing.

It's been a pretty humbling experience—I'm still on the walker and oxygen for at least another few weeks, but honestly the entire thing feels like a gift. Like many of us, I'd had some economic and mental health challenges over this past year in dealing with the Covid era, lockdown, and everything that had gone along with them. I battled occasional depression, and my anxiety had also been through the roof.

But almost dying can really simplify your outlook. It also got me to realize how lucky I am in so many ways, and to stop being so damn hard on myself. I'm here, I'm alive, and I'm incredibly lucky to be so.

And I've missed writing this blog, and I've missed you all.

So thanks for hanging in there! I've just posted a new piece on Varric that I've been working on for MONTHS, and I promise there'll be more to come.

Meanwhile, take care of yourself, and keep in touch. I'm so grateful you're still reading, and it means the world.


8 comments:

  1. That's super scary but I'm glad you're ok!

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  2. I'm sorry you went through it, but thrilled you're still with us! Take good care of yourself, and wishing you a speedy recovery! <3

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    1. Thanks, Wren! That is so appreciated -- and I'm so thrilled to still be here.

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  3. So glad you are recovering, please continue to rest and get well. In my opinion, you are a huge part of the DA fandom and we love and need your insight!

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    1. Evy, thank you so much for that -- I don't take it lightly, and it really made my day. I love being a part of this fandom, and people like you are why!

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  4. So glad to hear you're recovering. Definitely take care of yourself. I am also glad to see new posts. Take it easy. Try and have a good day 😊

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    1. I so appreciate that! I'm working on doing all of the above -- it's wonderful to still be here, and hope you're well also!

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