NOVEMBER 17, 2019.
GOOD MORNING WORLD AND HAPPY SUPER SUNDAY (SUNNE DAY)
Here I am in my old standby of jeans and old warn out flannel shirt. I washed the doggone thing last night and am wearing it again today. I’ve no idea why. It’s not like I don’t have other shirts to wear. I just like the feel of it and it’s so big and comfortable. But, if I keep washing and wearing the thing two and three days a week it’s going to fall apart. It’s already so thin it’s pitiful. Ah well, it’s not like I’m going anywhere today, but if I keep this up the neighbors are going to think I’ve not got anymore clothes.
Campbell seems rather aloof with me. I’m not sure what’s going on with him. He seems to be OK. I mean he eats alright and when we go outside he seems his usual sniffing self, but something is off. I cannot put my finger on it.
This morning when I went into the bedroom after washing my face and brushing my teeth and hair to finish getting dressed for the day, I sat down on the side of the bed to rub his tummy. Usually he loves this early in the morning. Normally he stretches himself as long as possible and lays in my lap while I rub. This morning he barely tolerated it, then got up and left the room and went into his crate.
Later he came into the living room and climbed up on the loveseat. It seemed he was having a bit of trouble getting up there and it is not high off the ground. Then when I went over to give him his normal morning love like always, he shoved me off.
I don’t like this. Don’t like it at all.
On a happier note, my manuscript is coming along nicely. I’m at 41,212 words at last count. I’ve just finished reworking chapter 16 and putting it in.
Now, I’m ready for chapter 17 which is going to be a hard one. This reconstructing a book is a lot harder than I thought it would be. I liken it to ripping down a house and starting from the studs up.
Honestly, when I got the idea to rewrite Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life and release a second edition, I thought this would be some of the easiest writing work I ever did.
I thought, “Oh! I’ll add a line here, put in an action scene there, and take out a few extra words and that will be that.”
Not how it has gone at all. But, I can say with great certainty that this version will be more well-written than the first.
A fellow author used the word “Clinical” when describing the writing in that first book and they were right. Mind you the person gave the book a favorable review and says that the content was good. Many have said that I did a fairly decent job describing my experiences, but as I work through this I realize that fellow author’s description of “Clinical” was straight on. The book is just somewhat flat. Well, look out, cause that is all about to change.
Someone asked me how I could put in new dialog and action scenes from memory. Sheesh! If I had to do this straight from memory, I’d never get it done. Seriously? Who remembers everything they did and said during their training at guide dog school, or anywhere else?
Luckily I kept copious journal notes from that time period, and they’ve survived many a computer crash and followed me through all these years. They are in fact, some of the only files I ever bothered to back up.
Once I’ve written this book though, I think I may thin a few of them out. There are things written I’d rather not have fall into other hands than mine. I feel once I’ve written this book and the two which are to follow I can happily close the door firmly on that part of my life, as far as piecing it together goes.
My therapist thinks what I’m doing is a great idea and believes it will be very healing for me. He is right. I am already beginning to find great peace of mind from doing so.
But, the biggest reason I’m doing this is because I have a real story to share. About my guide dog experience with Campbell and the changes it made in my life, about the domestic abuse I suffered, and how living a double, and sometimes even a triple lifestyle damaged me, and how I healed from that as well as the time of my hospitalization and nursing therapy stay when I learned that the medical profession really doesn’t know the first thing about working with disabled persons, and that most of them are willing to learn but the powers that are, in both the teaching and executive worlds, are not all receptive, and this must change.
It is my hope that when these books are published I can find the funding to put them into places like high-schools and colleges. Doctors offices and hospitals, and libraries all over the US.
My goal as a writer is not to make money. Oh that would be a nice perk, and I won’t refuse any money I might make from my work, but for me the real goal is to educate. To bridge the chasm which lies between the disabled and non-disabled world.
I hope to show that while we all have our own set of problems, we’re not so different.
Well, Campbell is still snoozing but soon the sun will be coming up. I’m going for now so I can work on another project before he wakes. He is snoring like a little old man right now and the sound melts my heart.
Thank you goddess for this beautiful sweet dog. He is a true blessing and a reminder that…
There is no part of my life which does not belong to the Goddess.
There is no part of my body which does not belong to the Goddess.
I am she, and she is me.
We are one, yet we are we.
So Mote It Be. Blessid Be. Amen.
Campbell is not feeling well at all. Though he enjoyed our morning walk, he had to be coaxed into eating his breakfast, which for a Labrador is unheard of. He had to be talked into eating his arthritis chews which he normally begs for more of after he’s had his prescribed two. He also refused any water which worries me as well.
Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers today. If this behavior persists I will be calling my vet.
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