I may be some time……
Those of you who kindly visit with me here on a regular basis will know the saga of the fall down my sister’s stairs Boxing Day 2012 and the damage done to my shoulder and collar-bone as a result.
You will have heard how I have been waiting all year for a series of operations to mend the broken shoulder (rotary cuff) and my collar-bone and how difficult it has been to write and type and generally do all those things we all take for granted every day.
Well, the exciting news is that I am due for an operation on one of the breaks this coming Wednesday. I shall be out of action on here for a while – not sure how long however. I am told I shall have my arm in a sling for 6-8 weeks and depending on whether I have recovered well enough I shall then undergo another operation after that – again it means another 6-8 weeks in a sling. Deep joy – but at least I am not someone suffering such inconveniences permanently.
So it looks as if the first few months of 2014 will see me either out of action on here or just doing what I can once I get the hang of typing one-handed. I have been doing that all year more or less, but this time I will not have any freedom in my left arm so I may well not be able to reach the keys.
Thank God I heard you say?
However, I am looking into the voice-activated part of Windows 8 (it has to be good for something!) and if I master this, who knows, I may well be writing for England!
I most likely won’t be out and about taking photos much either. Mind you, with the weather we are having at the present time, that is not such a bad thing. I am not too keen on getting drenched every time I set foot outside the door!
I do hope you will not run off with someone else once you know I am not around so often – I will be popping in an out of various other blogs and author pages and on Facebook visiting you all I am sure, so don’t disappear never to be seen again. I shall miss you all as it is.
On January 26th 2014 Morgen Bailey is Pod-casting my 100 words story, REVENGE, and I will post links here nearer the time for those of you who might like to hear her read it. As you know she publishes quite a few of my Short Stories and Flash Fiction pieces and these are always Pod-cast not long afterwards. So I do hope you will go over and have a look at what she has done for me and many other writers on her blog.
For Morgen’s work, that of other authors and some of my own contributions follow:
The links to the Pod-cast of REVENGE will be here nearer the 26th January, although the actual story is already posted on her Flash Fiction Friday feature.
You can find it:
Meantime I thought I’d post some of the photos I have taken whilst out walking. I do hope you will like them.
I have several favourite places where I enjoy walking. Walking helps me think and ideas for stories pop into my head, often as a result of watching the birds and wild life or just enjoying the scenery around me. I take lots of photos and these help as a sort of visual diary/notebook for me. As soon as I get home I put them onto the computer and then start working on the story ideas they conjure up.
I am sure many of you who write, do the same.
I am very lucky in that there are lots of gorgeous places to walk and enjoy the countryside nearby. I love the nature reserve not far from me with the lake and river nearby and the local parks and woods. We have lots of woodland and heathland here so there is always somewhere to go and lots to see; birds, ducks, swans, deer, pheasant, squirrels and sheep! I am sure there are lots more creatures lurking nearby such as mice – but let’s not go there!
These were taken at various locations and at different times of the year.
I tend to aim and shoot, rather than set up a shot so I cannot claim any skill when taking photos, but sometimes they turn out really well. The Mallard is one I am very happy with.
I just loved the colours of the trees in this one.
Churches and old buildings fascinate me and so do old villages so I tend to take lots of photos when I am out and about, just as a record of where I have been or of somewhere I particularly liked visiting.
Ely Cathedral is a beautiful place and if you ever get the chance to visit it please do…it is well worth the effort to climb up on the roof to view the cathedral from the Octagon and Lantern.
If you don’t have a head for heights or cannot walk up narrow stone stairs in the tiny stairwells, or if you are unable to almost crawl through the tiny doors on to the roof, perhaps looking up might be preferable to looking down!
A fascinating house with a fascinating history.
A family wedding in July saw me visiting a wonderful old house (above) on a huge estate which held some fantastic secrets which have sparked off lots of ideas for my Ms Birdsong Investigates novel and has led to lots of additions to the story which is almost complete. I am planning on finishing it before the summer if my shoulder operations go well and I am able to type again.
I now think I have a series for Ms Birdsong. Not only is there scope for stories in the present but I think having seen this house and had the ‘light bulb’ go off as a result, that I can also write a prequel – Ms Birdsong’s career in MI5 before she had her adventures in Ampney Parva. The little grey cells are spinning like crazy.
Still, this is all a way off at the moment. I will know how things are after Wednesday. So, until I return I wish you all a wonderful start to 2014. Do come back and visit whilst I am away, there are lots of Short Stories and pieces of Flash Fiction to read as well as my previous blog posts which I hope you will enjoy and comment upon.
I will pop in and out and who knows, I might be able to write something, even a little something and if all goes well I may even be able to get all my bits working properly sooner rather than later.
Don’t forget to check in here for links to REVENGE and the Pod-cast on 26th January.
Thanks for visiting me and for being such fun to connect with. I hope you enjoy the photos I’ve added here today.
See you all soon. Jane xx
All photos (c) Jane Risdon 2013 – All Rights Reserved.