Buddhism, Broken Ribs and Writing

It has been a slow couple of weeks in the writing department.  First, I had my sister staying with me for a few days.  Then I fell off a ladder and cracked a rib. Yes,ouch.  I have a huge old Live Oak looming over my house in Florida.  It constantly sheds acorns, leaves and sticks with a limb falling, too, now and then.  I had a mild leak during the hurricane in September and needed some screws on the roofline sealed, but the leaves and debris had to go first.  My neighbor Larry got on the roof with his leaf blower and I got to work cleaning the gutters.  On my first descent from the ladder, I missed the lowest rung slamming my chest against the ladder and hitting the ground.

I got right up and finished the job and have not really curtailed my activity as much as I should have. I raked up all the debris and bagged it up, re-arranged the furniture in my main rooms and moved my bed.

My rib only hurts when I move or sneeze or cough, but gets a little less tender every day.  My approach to writing is the same as my approach to injury — keep working through the pain and eventually it won’t hurt any more!  Lately, I have been having trouble working on the sequel to Bea’s Tale: The Next Chapter — Chasing Bees.  I instead reworked some of my old English teacher stuff and self-published a writing manual for essays about literature. My proof copy should arrive today!

I did get some news about Bea’s Tale: The Adventure Begins.  I sent a manuscript off to Austin Mcauley — they are publishing my memoir Like an Elephant.  They offered to publish it in partnership with me for an investment on my part of about $2500.  That was good news, but I have not yet decided what to do there.

I had a free offering of Bea’s Tale: The Adventure Begins through Amazon Marketing Services and had about 25 downloads.  I need some reviews; perhaps one or two of those readers will write a review.  I added about 30 key words so that the book will come up on more searches. Actually my little pamphlet Three Buddhist Treasures has the best history of views and clicks.  Maybe I should write a story with a Buddhist heroine, lord knows Buddhism is an adventure!

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