Monthly Archives October 2011

Bleeding From My Ears

So I’ve been having trouble getting my Coumadin levels straightened out. For some reason, the finger poke testing doesn’t work on me. It always makes me much higher than what I really am, so they poke my finger, then wait for the results, and then they always make me go to the lab to have a draw done. Well, I’m supposed to be between a 2-3, and last time, I tested on the finger poke at 7.2. Seven… I’d be bleeding from my ears if I was really a seven. So they sent me to the lab, which draw the PT/INR, and my results came back the next day at 4.9. Which is still WAY too high. But my bruises are finally going away, and the blood draw they did did not make a bruise, and I always bruise, even before I had Coumadin.

The only conclusion I can come to is that for some reason my blood work is not accurate. So now we’re looking for reasons why my blood work might be off, or reasons why my levels would actually go UP when we REDUCED the dosage. Doc is afraid I’m not metabolizing properly… but how do we determine that? It’s been one month now, so I know that’s not enough time to be too worried about this, but we’re pretty certain I’ve already thrown another clot. My heart will not heal from the damage done if I keep throwing clots, and each time I do throw a clot, it means I could die. Like, you know, instant, sudden, unexpected death. So if the blood work is wrong and my levels are really lower than they are showing, I’m at risk for dying from a thrown clot. If my blood work is right and it’s really that high, then I’m at risk of dying from bleeding out internally.

Isn’t life lovely for me? Yay! Dying is just so much fun! (ahem) Sorry. Better now.

COMIN...

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A Lightsaber in My Bathroom: A Writing Prompt

I wrote this several years ago and posted it on my Myspace blog at the time when I still had a Myspace blog. But I was going through some of my old blog posts, I found it, and wanted to share it here again, because I think this is a fun writing prompt. So read it, and then in the comments, or in your own blog and leave me a link in the comments, do the writing prompt yourself!

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It’s true… this morning, when I woke, groggy, sleepy and wishing I didn’t have to get up to pee, I stumbled into my bathroom and tripped over a plastic lightsaber.

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How To Write a Good Poem

What constitutes good poetry differs from person to person, and what one reader might enjoy, another will not. Judging a good poem is very subjective. Basically, this means there is no way to truly determine what ‘good’ poetry is, but there is a way to tell if poetry is ‘bad.’Poetry, more than any other type of writing, is usually very personal or emotional. Because of this, readers will like poetry with which they can feel a personal or emotional connection and probably won’t like poetry with which they cannot connect. Just because someone can’t relate to the emotion of a poem doesn’t mean the poem is bad, and just because some can relate to a poem doesn’t necessarily mean it is good. Like I said, it’s very subjective.

The first thing you most know about poetry is that there is no set of ‘rules’ for poetry. While there are some guidelines for certain types of poetry, such as a haiku (which is written in seventeen-syllable verse form, arranged in three lines of five, seven and five syllables), most poetry tends to be free verse. Some of it rhymes and some of it doesn’t, and that’s okay!

When writing poetry, avoid using all caps or toggling between upper and lower...

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Ideas

“Now some people when they sit down to write and nothing special comes, no good ideas, are so frightened that they drink a lot of strong coffee to hurry them up, or smoke packages of cigarettes, or take drugs or get drunk. They do not know that ideas come slowly, and that the more clear, tranquil and unstimulated you are, the slower the ideas come, but the better they are.”

-Brenda Ueland, If You Want to Write

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Going to the Hospital? Read This First!

I learned a lot of interesting things this time when I was in the hospital. I spent a week there, and that’s a long time to be away from home, from your own bed, from your own bathroom and from your pets and family. I was lucky, since this hospital had free wireless internet. I mean, for me, the internet is life. Unfortunately, I slept so much and was subjected to so many tests and procedures that I didn’t have a lot of time to be on the internet. I felt a bit disconnected. Too tired to talk on the phone. With the IV stuck in my left thumb, it was nearly impossible to type. The last three days I was there, they did manage to get the IV put in a different location, near my wrist, which wasn’t comfortable and I had to be careful not to bend my wrist and lose the IV or poke it through my skin, but it did allow me to type a little bit.

WHERE TO PUT THE IV

So my first piece...

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And Then I Almost Died…

DISCLAIMER/LENGTH WARNING: It’s taken me a long time to write this post. I’ve had to deal with a lot of emotion to get to the point of being able to look at this and my life in the new way I now must look at it. I feel blessed and cursed at this point, and waffle between them, and mostly I’ve been numb. The numbness begins to wear of, and this post is what results. Bear with me, please. This is important stuff to me, though it might be totally boring to you. Thanks for allowing me the venue to purge it though.

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That right there, I want you all to use as a writing prompt, or whenever you read this… I mean it. Say anything you want, and then when you’re finished saying it, say, “And then I almost died…” and then I want you to write what comes after that. For example:

I went to the grocery store and bought a gallon of milk. I was ready to come home, but then, on the way there, I almost died…

There’s a story there. Write that story...

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Definitely Vs. Defiantly

Hi there!

It’s your friendly editor, Michelle L Devon, here to bring you a blog on editing hints and tips, as well as to talk about Commonly Misused Words in Writing.

However, before I begin the blog, I would like to comment on a word that I regularly see misused that I don’t believe is an error in use as much as it is a Spell Check problem. Many times, I have seen writers use the word DEFIANTLY when the word they mean to use is DEFINITELY.

  • Defiantly is defined as meaning: rebelliously: in a rebellious manner.
  • Definitely is defined as meaning: decidedly: without question and beyond doubt.

As you can see, these two words mean very different things, but many times, I see writers using defiantly instead of definitely...

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Guilty Conscience?

I was doing an internet search on my name… not vanity, marketing. I regularly search my name in various forms to see how my articles and reprints are doing and be sure to connect with and thank those who pick up my reprints.Today, while searching for “michelle devon” I ran across a description in Google that indicated that Michelle Devon had an outsanding warrant from 1995, Garland, Texas. Well, I LIVED in Garland, TX in 1995, (kinda a suburb of Dallas, for those who don’t know where it is). So my first reaction was, “Did I ever get a ticket or something else while I was there? What the heck is this?”

I clicked on the link and furiously was trying to find the information on what Michelle Devon had an outstanding warrant for……until it hit me, and when it did, I started laughing profu...
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Writing Short Stories?

I had a friend, who is writing her first novel, recently ask me if writing short stories was a good idea for a writer. The honest answer is, I don’t know, but the more I thought on it, the more I do think it’s a good idea.

Writing short stories and getting them published is a good thing for many reasons, in my opinion, particularly if you can get those short stories published in a paying market of any kind, online or otherwise, but excluding internet ‘content’ sites.

There are a ton of short story internet sites now that are paying anywhere from $10 to as much as $1500-2500 bucks for one quality short story. There are also anthologies that are paying to publish shorts too.

Now, anthologies are essentially books that are full novel sized books, but instead of one story, it contains several short stories, usually by more than one author (not always). There are several different ways payment for anthologies work.

Books like the Chicken ...

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Book Review: BLUE, by Lou Aronica

BLUE, by Lou Aronica, was slow getting started, and I have to admit upfront that it took me quite some time to get through the beginning. It didn’t take too long for the story to finally pick up though and I was hooked from that point on. Let’s look at the good and bad of this book:

CHARACTERIZATION:

The characters, at first especially, seemed flat; I couldn’t find much sympathy for the teen protagonist, Becky, and the mother seemed to have little redeeming qualities to her. The divorce is one thing, but the attitude she had toward her ex-husband, when she is supposed to love her daughter so much, just never rang true to me at all.

Then there was this Gage character. I don’t know who Gage is. I don’t really CARE who Gage is...

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