The Latest in my life 🌧️
The last couple of weeks have been tough. Pain from my chronic tension headache, toothache, sinuses and TMJD has been worse than ever and is starting to get me down. I’m taking the maximum dose of my prescribed painkillers and it’s making me more forgetful and giving me nausea and motion sickness. But I can’t manage my normal activities without them. My physiotherapist has said he’ll refer me to a muscular-skeletal doctor for further investigation if it carries on. I’m also getting my upper wisdom tooth removed next month and I cannot wait. I’m hoping it will bring some relief.
My daughter has also had some ups and downs lately and has needed some extra support in dealing with her T1 diabetes. I wish I could wave a magic wand and take the burden from her. Instead, I’m trying to educate her about her condition as much as possible and make sure she knows I’m here for her. I’m planning more trips and fun activities to cheer her up too. We saw some friends at our local soft play yesterday and that was a much-needed break for both of us.
On Thursday, I attended an online scriptwriting workshop hosted by Sarah Crockford with my local writers’ group. I wasn’t sure it would be relevant for me as I’m interested in short stories and novels rather than scriptwriting, but it actually turned out to be super helpful. She walked us through the process of creating a “beat sheet”, prompting us with questions to drive the plot forward. It was a bit daunting trying to come up with a new story on the spot, but by the end of the session, I had a full outline for a short story. It’s a paranormal comedy with the working title “The Silver Slayer”. It was a lot of fun to put together and also to see how the other writers fleshed out their ideas. I think I’ll have a go at writing the full story soon.
I’m in a real reading slump at the minute, maybe because of everything going on. Although I miss reading and have a huge pile of books I want to get stuck into, I’m struggling to concentrate. Hopefully, that will change soon as I don’t feel like myself when I’m not reading.
Watching and Listening 📺
- I loved Dr Strange, Multiverse of Madness. The tone was much darker and more like a horror movie in places. I also enjoyed seeing some of my favourite characters from other franchises, even if they didn’t get much screen time. The ending had me in tears. I think it hits different as a mother. Shame that the end credit scenes were rubbish, though!
- I re-watched The Hunger Games with my husband last night. I still love the story and the characters, but I wish they would have made it at least a 15 rather than a 12. Most of the violence is only implied (hardly any blood) and a few characters die off-screen, so the threat level is greatly reduced and it’s a bit tame. Other than that, I really enjoyed it and will rewatch the rest of the trilogy.
- My favourite tunes at the moment are Lizzo’s “About Damn Time” and Pharrell Williams’ retro-sounding song, “Just a Cloud Away”.
My choir is performing in a couple of weeks so we have been rehearsing and planning for that. We’re visiting a care home for a sing-along of some war-time classics on Friday 3rd June, followed by a performance for the Queen’s Jubilee at our local community centre on Saturday 4th. I feel fairly confident about most of the songs now, I just need to get plenty of practice in so I know the lyrics and harmonies off by heart without having to look at my sheet all the time. I’m looking forward to it but slightly nervous too.
I’ve started following a vocal coach on TikTok, @total_vocal. His tips are so helpful and he has some great life advice too. Go check him out!
Quote of the Week 💬
It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog. This is your news post, so personalize it! Include as much as you want or as little. Be creative, it can be a vlog or just a showcase of your goodies. Link up once a week or once a month, you decide. Book haul can include library books, yard sale finds, arcs and bought books..share them!~Kimberly
How was your week? Do you have any tips for dealing with chronic pain? Have you ever attended a writing workshop? Have you seen the new Dr Strange film? Let me know in the comments!