Figuring It Out

I haven’t blogged in a couple of weeks, mainly because I’ve been lazy, but ROW80 starts back up on July 7th, so it’s time to get back in gear.

The writing has been progressing, and I’ve been taking an online workshop as well, so that’s good. I also got an accountability buddy, a writing friend who’ll keep me honest and give me a virtual kick in the pants if I’m being lazy–and for whom I’ll do the same if necessary.

I got confirmation of why I’ve been so tired the past six months or so: I have adrenal fatigue. I went to a hormone therapy clinic, and they did a round of testing, which revealed that I have very low cortisol levels. Cortisol gets a bad rap as it’s the stress hormone, but it’s also one we need a certain amount of in order to function. Normally, cortisol is supposed to spike a couple hours after we rise in the morning, gradually tapering off throughout the day. My tests revealed that mine barely goes up at all. Adrenal fatigue is curable, but there’s no quick treatment. All we can do is minimize stress (which I’ve already done), eat healthy (working on it), and take supplements, and get adequate sleep. I have some new supplements recommended by the clinic, but the latter can be a challenge, as one symptom of adrenal fatigue is insomnia! Supplements can help that, too, so hopefully things will be looking up there in a few weeks.

We had a great Fourth of July. The Fourth is probably my favorite holiday–not only because I’m a patriotic American, but also because I don’t have to cook, clean, or shop, and… fireworks! We went to some friends’ big party on the third with an impressive catered dinner and fireworks display. On the Fourth, we went to my brother’s, where we grilled out and let off fireworks of our own. Both were equally fun. We took Isis, who was less than thrilled at the fireworks. She did a bit better the second night, as we were able to just leave her in my brother’s house, where she watched out the patio door with a very concerned expression the whole time.

SacrificeTheFeyWhat I read this week: I finally finished Sacrifice: the First Book of The Fey by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. This is epic fantasy, and befitting of the term epic, was long, complex, and with many point-of-view characters. It was originally published in the mid-90s, but I hadn’t read this series before, and really enjoyed it once I got into it and got to know some of the characters well enough. That took a while, because there were so many different points-of-view, but was worth it. Even so, the story and worldbuilding were interesting and entertaining enough to pull me in. If you’re looking for something to read after Game of Thrones (or rather, the Song of Fire and Ice series), give this one a try. I doubt you’ll be disappointed, and better yet, all seven of the series are out and available. I’ll definitely be picking up the next in the series.

ROW80Logo175And now for ROW80: My accountability buddy and I decided that for now, my goal is to write a scene per week. I have three more scenes to complete this book, provided none of them are actually two or more scenes in disguise (that happens sometimes). The 7th marks the beginning of ROW80 Round 3, and I hope to finish this book by the end of Round 3, but since that depends on other people (beta readers, editors), I’m just going to shoot for first draft, initial revision, cover, and cover copy. For this week, the goal is to finish one scene, plus the assignment for my workshop (which incidentally, is about cover copy and other types of sales pitch type stuff).

Of course, I have to include a fun puppy picture!

How can anyone resist this face?

How can anyone resist this face?

What about you? If you’re in the U.S., did you do anything fun for the Fourth? (Or the first, for our Canadian friends?) Do you like long, epic fantasy novels? Could you resist that puppy face? If you’re participating in ROW80, or have some semi-long-term project goals, what are they? Please share–I’d love to hear from you!

Jennette Marie Powell writes stories about ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. In her Saturn Society novels, unwilling time travelers do what they must to make things right... and change more than they expect. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, and more.
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  1. Your puppy’s getting bigger! She’s so adorable!

    We had beautiful weather this past weekend, didn’t we? Couldn’t ask for any better. I loved just being able to drive around in the convertible!

    Glad to hear they found the cause to your fatigue. Bummer that it’s not instantly curable! Hopefully it won’t take long for you to get back to normal (whatever normal is nowadays! :)).

  2. I’m so glad you’ve gotten to the bottom of your persistent fatigue. It must have been daunting to get anything done, not to mention making you preoccupied about the cause. It’s good news that it’s treatable.

    My husband and I always have two foodie friends over on the 4th, and this yer was no exception. We cooked delightful dishes and desserts and enjoyed great conversation. It was doubly good because my husband, who is a landscaper, got 3 days off, which he’s never had before during the summer. He and I also went on a walk through a local museum’s sculpture park. Gorgeous.

    Poor Isis I hope by next 4th of July, she can enjoy the fireworks with the rest of you!

  3. I’m glad you got a diagnosis, Jennette. Knowing what you’re going through has a name makes it a little easier to bear.

    I can’t resist Isis’ face, especially since she could be saying, “I worry about those compelled to make fire in the sky when there are comfy chairs inside just right for napping.”

  4. Oh man – thanks for posting the puppy pictures. Something about a puppy always makes me smile. I need to see at least one puppy a day.

    I’m glad you were able to put a label on your ailment. Sometimes just knowing makes it easier to deal with. Otherwise you just feel like you’re losing your mind. At least now you know whats “wrong.”

    I’m glad you had a good holiday and things are getting back on track. Always good to hear when friends are doing well. Let’s keep it that way.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  5. Stacy, thanks! The weather was definitely fantastic!

    Thanks, Lynn! The sculpture park sounds cool. We’re trying to get Isis used to loud noises, so we hope she’ll do better next year.

    LOL Pat – I can imagine that’s just what Isis was thinking when we were letting off fireworks! And knowing why I’m tired does make it easier to manage.

    Patricia, puppy pics make everything better, don’t they? And yes, I suspected what was behind my fatigue, but having it confirmed definitely makes me feel better. Thanks!

  6. Very cute puppy picture!

    I’m glad they found out what’s been ailing you, and that they have a way to help you deal with it. Take care of yourself!

  7. I hope with the supplements you soon get your energy back! And I think it’s good that you’re keeping the goals modest until you get the problem under control. Good luck!

    Cute puppy pic. 🙂

  8. Oh Jennette, I am so glad you found out what was behind all your fatigue. I totally understand how you feel. I too suffer from adrenal fatigue. My M.D.H prescribed an adrenal supplement to help support my adrenals and it has help immensely. It’s called Cytozyme-AD, made by Biotics Research. Many people online have said it’s helped them. I know you have to go by what your doctor recommends. I’m just letting you know about it.

    Don’t worry about the blogging. Its so great that you are back to blogging. I have been gone for over a month, so that’s why you haven’t seen me post something. I’m going home soon. Got to get back to a routine. But hubby gonna need a third surgery and that will also throw my schedule off. You can only do so much Jen. Keep it balanced and take care of you. So glad your writing is going well! ((Hugs!))

  9. John, Ruth, thanks!

    Karen, thanks for the supplement rec. The one they gave me is Adreset. If it doesn’t help, I’ll try yours! You are so right that we can only do so much. Hope your husband’s surgery goes well!