today’s good word is “stable”


I’m loving the sound of it.

This is the first time since June of 2016 that I’ve had that particular word spoken to me in the context of MRIs.

Nothing’s bigger, nothing’s new.

And nothing is quite like hearing my radiation oncologist talking about “in a year from now when you’ve been stable for that time, we can start spacing out your scans from every two months to four or more.”

In a year.

Someone’s talking about me and the future in the same sentence.

Nothing like it.

And there was nothing like laughing with my primary oncologist this past Friday when she smiled and joked, “So, you must be here for a well baby visit.” Have to admit she took me off guard and it took a moment – I’m certainly not with child – then I got it. We didn’t have any cancer concerns to discuss so I must be there for some other reason. :o)

Nope, nothing like it.

And there’s nothing like having this new reason to be carrying around the beautiful words, “thank you,” in my heart and on my lips.


Here is the actual, unedited beginnings of my NaNoNovel along with the other 111 pages (printed double-sided to save paper). It’s a collection of the stream-of-consciousness questions and answers I wrote as I started to play with the story. An exploration, or perhaps more accurately, an excavation of ideas. Up until the last day, I wrote my 8 pages (approx 1,600 words) by hand first, then typed it. I find the process of writing by hand to be more conducive to keeping the critic at bay. When I compose at the keyboard, I tend to focus on correcting spelling errors and a host of other highly unimportant writer’s-block-inducing activities.

As soon as I have made some significant progress on my Christmas present for my son — a cosplay costume of Fate Stay Night Archer (see below) — I will begin my rewriting process in earnest. I’m giving myself 3 months to have a decent draft completed that I can send out for reading to a few people. If you’d like to be on my feedback team, please let me know. And yes, Ruth, you’re already on the list :o)