Why I’ve been neglecting this blog.
I don’t have much time to write this — and that’s the reason I haven’t been writing more regularly. I like to compose at least 5 blog posts a week, yet this is only my third in just over a week. The last post — a video — doesn’t really count, since I didn’t write anything.
So why the neglect? As I mentioned above: time.
Every once in a while, life throws a perfect storm at us. You know what I mean — it’s a period of time when everything seems to go crazy at once.
In my case, it was the following, which have all occurred since July 29:
- Completion of the annual revision of one of my books (ongoing throughout this period).
- Reposition my helicopter from Quincy, WA to Seattle, WA.
- Reposition my camper from Quincy, WA to Page, AZ.
- Brief 3-day catchup period at home in Wickenburg, AZ.
- Distribute the animals among multiple boarding facilities.
- Trip to Seattle, WA.
- Reposition helicopter from Seattle, WA to Page, AZ.
- Set up housekeeping in my camper in Page, AZ.
- Entertain an overnight guest in a very tiny camper.
- Deal with FAA, airport manager, and local tour operators in Page regarding tour, photo flight, and charter work in Page, AZ (ongoing).
- Provide moral support for my sister, who has been laid off from her banking job.
- Three photo flights from Page to Monument Valley.
- Start of new book with August deadline.
- Three trips to medical facilities in an attempt to diagnose some severe back pain.
It’s this last thing that’s really gummed up the works. I did something to my back while I was home and the pain became unbearable after the commercial flight to Seattle the next day. I was in an urgent care clinic there where I got prescriptions for drugs I couldn’t take because I had to fly. The pain has varied from annoying but bearable to absolutely crippling every day since then, with one day so bad I was in the hospital emergency room. It hurt to sit and since I need to sit to write, I couldn’t work on the new book — let alone write blog entries.
Miraz hit the nail on the head in her Twitter comment to me, when she said, “Pain is so time consuming and draining.” Wow. I’d never really thought of it like that — probably because I’ve never been in such severe pain for so long.
So now I’m behind in just about everything, racing against the clock to finish a book that’s due tomorrow. (It ain’t gonna happen.) The pain is under control — yesterday was the first day that it was tolerable throughout the day — and physical therapy starts on Monday.
Please bear with me. I do have lots to write about. When I get this book off my plate and catch up on my FAA stuff, I’ll be back with some interesting (I hope) new content here.