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A Preview of What's to Come

Thursday, November 20, 2014

My five year weight loss anniversary is a week from today. I've had ups and downs, sure, and I may not be to my ultimate goal, but these last five years have been a HUGE success, and I wanted to give you guys a preview of what's to come when I CELEBRATE that anniversary next week!



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SCOUTMOM715 11/26/2014 9:04AM

    emoticon emoticon Happy 5yr Anniversary!!

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MARYJEANSL 11/25/2014 9:30AM

  Congratulations, many congratulations!

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SUSIEMT 11/22/2014 11:37AM

    Woo Hoo you!!!

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TWEETYKC00 11/22/2014 10:17AM

    Wow, you have done so well!

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    Congrats!!!

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    emoticon You are doing GREAT!

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JSEATTLE 11/21/2014 7:25PM

  WOW, great before and after and Congratulations on your anniversary! I know you love your lifestyle and I'm loving it too with you. Terrific story for a rainy, TGIF day!

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  emoticon What a wonderfully successful journey you have had!!! emoticon

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NONNAOF2 11/21/2014 4:17PM

  Congratulations!! Wow!! It's amazing what "before" and "after" pictures can do to remind us of where we first started our journey!! :-)

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TRUE-NESS 11/21/2014 2:40PM

    It's most definitely been a HUGE success!!! You rock!

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LCRUMLEY81 11/21/2014 1:28PM

  Celebrate, girl - you deserve it!


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IAMAGEMLOVER 11/21/2014 12:05PM

    emoticon Feel great doesn't it. I just bought all new clothes. Size small. from XL

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JIBBIE49 11/21/2014 10:42AM

    I had my Seventh Sparkversary this last month, and I'm not at my goal, but like you, I'm so much better off. I have never been back up to that horrible 214# I was when I started in '07. You will get to your goal. We just have to stay with it. From today it is 100 days to March 1st, 2015, so I'm going to work on that.

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WENDYANNE61 11/21/2014 10:23AM

    What a fab way to show how much weight you have ditched! Thank you for sharing....

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    emoticon emoticon You inspire me

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BBORDEN86 11/21/2014 8:19AM

    That's definitely something to celebrate!!!

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    A total success!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHERYLP461 11/21/2014 6:56AM

    Wow!! Your are awesome!

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CHERYLHURT 11/21/2014 6:38AM

  Way to go! Congratulations! I'm sending you a goodie!

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BESSHAILE 11/21/2014 6:28AM

    Way to go!

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PENOWOK 11/21/2014 6:24AM

    Fabulous!!!

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KLMEIRING 11/21/2014 6:12AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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1STBUCKETITEM 11/21/2014 5:23AM

  emoticon Wonderful accomplishment Amanda! You deserve to be proud of yourself. We all celebrate your success. You are an inspiration for all of us on the weight-loss journey. and proof that we can change and enjoy a new healthy lifestyle! emoticon emoticon


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ELEXEY 11/21/2014 12:48AM

    Look at you Amanda!!! Absolutely amazing accomplishment. I know that this has not been an easy journey for you, and I am so very proud of how far you have come!!!

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CRABADA 11/20/2014 7:30PM

    I just wrote this on your picture, but this is AWESOME! And your smile is fantastic -- says it all! Plus, your hair is ADORABLE.

So happy and excited and thrilled and inspired for / by you!

xoxox,
C.

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MOMTO6CUTIES 11/20/2014 6:38PM

    WOW amazing. And so inspiring.

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SBEAR5 11/20/2014 3:01PM

    I had no idea you were a size 24! You've accomplished SO much! So happy for you Amanda!

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ARUNNINGKAT 11/20/2014 1:25PM

    Way to go! You need to celebrate next week!!

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LOTUSFLOWER 11/20/2014 11:47AM

    You inspire me!

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    Look at all the beauty that you have accomplished. Way to go!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 11/20/2014 10:23AM

    thatīs great love.for the official 5 year anniversary blog i expect before and after photos love.still think you are awesome love.keep on keeping on emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Not dwelling on What Could Be

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

This morning, my scale says 157.4 lbs. Y'all, I haven't seen a number lower than 158 since June 6th. I am ecstatic. Over the moon. I am SO CLOSE to being back at that 100 lbs lost line and a healthy BMI.

Sure, a month ago, when I finished my Whole30, I was at 158.4 lbs - only one pound higher. Sure, if I'd've kept going the way things were then, I might have seen the 157s a lot sooner than this, and might even be at a healthy weight again by now. But you know what? I'm NOT going to dwell on where I COULD have been if I'd only done X or Y or Z.

Because here's the thing. Life has been very rough for a long time, and I took a LOT of body blows over the last month. Sometimes I ate too much. Sometimes I ate doughnuts and chips and ice cream. Sometimes I also got my act together and ate well, exercised regularly. Sometimes I kept my pain-eating in check. Through trial and error over the last month, I've managed to find a good balance between eating a fairly strict paleo diet AND giving myself periodic off-plan foods without going crazy about it. And I'm proud of that.

Over the last month, I've seen my weight fluctuate a lot, but it never got completely out of hand. The highest it reached was 163 lbs, and today I'm LOWER than where I was a month ago. It may only be a pound lower, but considering the month I've had? Well, being lower by ANY amount is an achievement.

I still might not make it to the 100 lbs lost line again by my five year weight anniversary next week (on Thanksgiving this year!). But you know what? I'm pretty darn close, and I'm FIGHTING for my health and my body. When that five year anniversary rolls around on the 27th, you better believe I'm going to be CELEBRATING all the hard-earned triumphs and rewards of the last five years.

  
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PENOWOK 11/21/2014 6:26AM

    And you should celebrate! You look amazing!!

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CRABADA 11/19/2014 5:58PM

    Amanda, this blog makes me so happy! You are one of the most amazing women I know, and I am impressed and inspired by you every day. Congratulations!
xoxox,
C.

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FALLINTOFLIGHT 11/19/2014 1:06PM

    I love your attitude. You are being accountable while staying encouraged and that is success! Congratulations on your upcoming 5 year anniversary! Keep your head up your doing amazing!

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RYDERB 11/19/2014 11:52AM

    I'm so happy for you! Congratulations!

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THELILEA 11/19/2014 11:52AM

    Awesome, congrats on the scale victory!! And HECK yeah, FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY coming up! You sure as heck deserve to celebrate all those battles and victories.

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SBEAR5 11/19/2014 10:02AM

    Great attitude Amanda, and I'm certainly proud with how far you've come... even in the last month. You're doing very well with all the life has given you!

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UNSTOPPABLEJEN 11/19/2014 8:49AM

    I love the balance you have found. Congrats on your 5-year anniversary - you have worked very hard and you deserve it!

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BBORDEN86 11/19/2014 7:56AM

    How exciting!!! Glad you have reached a place amongst the not-so-good stuff to be proud of the # you saw. :)

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General Life Updates

Friday, November 14, 2014

1. No tooth news yet. Appointment is scheduled for Monday.

2. For those of you who have been concerned about my mental health, rest assured. I was finally able to see a doctor and am now on an anti-depressant. I am working to find a nearby therapist as well. (Also note: despite all the stress, my blood pressure is at 100/65, the lowest it's been in years. Awesome.)

3. Speaking of therapists, my husband and I are now seeing a marriage counselor. Too early to tell if it will make a difference, but we're trying.

4. Sometime between Monday evening and Tuesday morning, our hot water stopped working. Landlords had plumbers out quickly, but they had to order a part, and it didn't come in until Thursday evening. That left us with no hot water - and therefore no heater - for three days. It got pretty cold, especially on the bottom floor (around 60!) but thankfully two of those three days were warmer, so we didn't have to go stay in a hotel or anything. Also: showering has never felt better.

5. It is snowing. Before Thanksgiving. Y'all, I like snow, I like winter, but this is WAY too early. Definitely not in Texas anymore.



6. After a week of a lot of emotional eating and high stress and Girl Stuff, my weight is up a pound since last week. $%#*$*&%! But it's only a pound. I'll take it back off again. I'm honestly not too worried about it despite the swearing. It's just that I wanted to be back to 100 lbs lost by my 5 year anniversary on the 27th, and it's not looking like it's going to happen.

7. The boys got their first term report cards. They were all-A students in Texas, and things are MUCH harder academically here, so I'm pleased that they ended up with mostly As and Bs.

8. I'm over 33,000 words into my novel for NaNoWriMo. It's a terrible draft, absolutely horribly written, but I'm having fun exploring the bare basics of the world I'm writing in, and I have hope that this will help me to get a fuller grip on the story so that I can plan better later and write a much better draft.

9. My eleven-year-old half-sister has been doing NaNo these last few years, and this year she's attempting 50,000. She's already over 42,000 words in. !!! I can't express just how excited for her and proud of her I am!

10. I don't really have a tenth update. I just liked the round number.

  
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WENDYANNE61 11/15/2014 12:09PM

    All the best for your dentistīs appointment on Monday. Wishing you lots of positive energy to tackle all the other hard stuff. Hope the writing helps you feel good!

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BBORDEN86 11/15/2014 6:12AM

    Glad you made an appointment, and I hope all goes well at the dentist. I also think it's great you guys are attempting to salvage your marriage.

Most importantly at least the kids aren't suffering at school with everything going on and all the changes!

Definitely sending positive thoughts for all!

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CRABADA 11/14/2014 4:17PM

    I love this blog. It is full of hope and plans and good news and progress (Plus snow. Bleh.). I'm sure you're probably still feeling down and stressed, but I can see a difference in what you've written.

Sending you all the emoticon!

xoxo,
C.

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SBEAR5 11/14/2014 1:52PM

    1.Hope it's a good appt! I've been worried about your toother!

2. a. glad you have meds, hoping they work well for you. b. Yeah! I've been in the past it's always been helpful. c. YEAH!

3. Hoping you find the help you need here as well.

4. ooof. I do not envy you.

5. haha, no. Not in Texas anymore. Aren't you glad you're not from KS. You'd get all these stupid Dorothy jokes. ugh. ;)

6. You'll get there. And we'll be here to celebrate with you!

7. Yeah!

8. 33,000 words. How many pages is that? That seems insane.

9. again... insane to me. haha

10. Woohoo!

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KAMINEKO 11/14/2014 1:20PM

    1. Glad you got this scheduled!

2. Also glad you are on an antidepressant. I just got put on one 2 months ago finally, after fighting against it, and it has made a world of difference. It's hard to take care of yourself when you feel horribly awful about everything. I hope your meds and therapist are both a good match for you!

3. I think the marriage therapist is a good, proactive move. I wish my ex hub and I had done this. Hindsight is 20/20, as they say. Kudos to you both for giving it a shot.

4. Whew! I bet it does feel good

5. " but this is WAY too early." Word. It snowed here yesterday and I freely admit my emotional response was anger.

7. Good to hear the boys are handling the transition adeptly. I have no doubt they are sharp as tacks.

8. and 9. I sure do admire people who do NaNoWriMo. I'd rather get a tooth pulled than have to write. I love reading, but writing...I am far too "tight" and things don't flow easily for me using that medium. Good on you AND your 11 year old sister. AN 11 year old---that's simply phenomenal.



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KAMINEKO 11/14/2014 1:16PM

    1. Glad you got this scheduled!

2. Also glad you are on an antidepressant. I just got put on one 2 months ago finally, after fighting against it, and it has made a world of difference. It's hard to take care of yourself when you feel bloody awful about everything. I hope your meds and therapist are both a good match for you!

3. I think the marriage therapist is a good, proactive move. I wish my ex hub and I had done this. Hindsight is 20/20, as they say. Kudos to you both for giving it a shot.

4. Whew! I bet it does feel good

5. " but this is WAY too early." Word. It snowed here yesterday and I freely admit my emotional response was anger.

7. Good to hear the boys are handling the transition adeptly. I have no doubt they are sharp as tacks.

8. and 9. I sure do admire people who do NaNoWriMo. I'd rather get a tooth pulled than have to write. I love reading, but writing...I am far too "tight" and things don't flow easily for me using that medium. Good on you AND your 11 year old sister. AN 11 year old---that's simply phenomenal.



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ARUNNINGKAT 11/14/2014 12:54PM

    You never truly appreciate the simple things like heat and hot water until you don't have them. emoticon So glad that it wasn't too terribly cold!

We got our first big snow yesterday. It is SO beautiful! But I will admit I wasn't quite ready for it... my deck furniture was definitely still out. Oy!

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ANDSHEEWAS 11/14/2014 11:38AM

    I'm glad you were able to see a doctor and a therapist. We've been living the path to mental well-being for the past two months as my husband was hospitalized and is wrapping up his outpatient work today. Sending positive thoughts your way.

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NSCARNEY 11/14/2014 9:06AM

    Good to read that you're taking care of yourself as well as those around you. Keep on truckin'!

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GHK1962 11/14/2014 7:43AM

    1. Good on the tooth appt. at least. I read the previous blogs (even though I have not responded to them ... stoopid work) ... and good you have the appt.

2. Nods. That is good. And both will go hand in hand.

3. Nods on this too.

4. I'm glad that the water got fixed! To a point, heat can be dealt with using extra blankets and stuff (well...there is a point where it does get too cold) .... but not having water ... that is a killer! Glad its back on.

5. It snowed here too. And freezing rain. And heh ... too hot...too cold. Sooo...there's this story that I know, 'bout a little girl called Goldilocks and .... (I should hide before you toss an internet whap my way.)

6. You may not get to the 100 ... but it's a goal to strive for. Sometimes we make them, sometimes we don't. And even though you know you can make it ... hell, things come into play at times. By the way, I think this is the first time I have seen you cussing (yeah symbols were used...but you got that across haha.)

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8. I have been stalking your word count. I would win that "when are you going to get to 50K" bet.

9. NICE! I got Spark friend Loren doing it ...she is keeping up too. Not as wordly awesome as your niece, but yeah...exciting to see others killing it!

10. Isn't this my damn trick?!?!?

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Probable Bad News

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

So things haven't been great for me since May. My family has moved across the country to a place I despise, a place where I know no one. My marriage is completely in the toilet, and my kids are in chaos because of it. My body image issues have flared up terribly, and between the stress and the psychological issues, I've struggled a lot with my weight since May. Things haven't gotten any better - in fact, in some ways, they've gotten progressively worse. And having things so BAD around here has made it very difficult to spot a potential health-related problem that has probably been around for at least six months.

Because when you start having massive rapid weight gains after having a history of massive rapid weight gains related to a specific health problem, you should probably look at that old problem rather than blaming stress or foods that never used to cause you issues.

Because when you start having disordered hunger patterns and spells of hypoglycemia when you haven't had anything like it in over five years, you probably ought to look at old problems rather than blaming your current emotional environment.

Because when you start having mental health issues that go WELL beyond the norm and devolve back into the weird symptoms you had related to that old health issue, warning bells should go off, rather than blaming your current situation.

For those of you unfamiliar with my story, there's a short summary on my SparkPage. Basically, a procedure on my teeth in 1998 caused 11 years of silent, hidden infections that manifested in constant throat illnesses, allergic reactions to things I'd test not-allergic-to, disordered hunger patterns with severe hypoglycemia, bi-polar disorder symptoms, and massive rapid weight gains/losses unrelated to my diet/exercise (like 20 lbs gained overnight, or 30 lbs lost in 3 weeks while eating the same as always - that sort of thing). After my teeth were fixed in September 2009, ALL the symptoms went away.

Here's the thing. The infections were concentrated in one tooth for much of those 11 years, and then, when that tooth was extracted, the two neighboring teeth were shaved down for a bridge. One of the two bridge teeth then began dying and turned into the second infection. In Sept 2009, the endodontist who fixed the second tooth told me I needed to keep a careful eye on the other bridge tooth, as most bridge teeth eventually die and need a root canal.

Up until recently, the tooth has seemed healthy. I started noticing this summer that there was a sliver of dark greyish blue near the gums over that tooth, and I started wondering if the tooth (under the bridge) was dying. So many other things were going on, though, that I dismissed it as probably normal as a bridge tooth. Especially as I'd guessed my dentists would have pointed it out as a problem if it was a problem, right? I didn't connect that blue-grey sliver to my sudden weight gains in May. Then, two weeks ago, I noticed what looks like a small blister in the gums above that same tooth. I mentioned it to Jason, thinking it might indicate infection or abscess, and he agreed that I should get it looked at. I haven't yet, because so much else has been going on. My tooth - idiotically enough - had become the least of my worries.

But the problems have persisted, from sudden rapid weight gains (6-8 lbs overnight??), to hypoglycemic attacks, to a complete dissolution of my mental health, from severe agoraphobia to rapid bi-polar swings on a daily basis. Yesterday morning, I was brushing my teeth and my gums started bleeding all over despite the fact that I've flossed daily for years. My mouth smelled infected. That blister has grown worse. The greyish blue sliver is darker, closer to black.

I think my other bridge tooth is dead, or dying. I think I'm suffering from a whole host of EXTRA problems I don't need right now because of it. I have an appointment to see my dentist on Monday. Most likely, I'm going to have to find an endodontist and get another root canal. Sigh.

If that IS the case, at least then I can be free of all the extra problems, right? Free to concentrate on the ones that AREN'T health-related. It won't make everything better, but at least things won't be WORSE anymore, either. I'll keep everyone updated.

Stupid teeth.


(Me, right after the teeth were first broken on a playground when I was ten. If I could go back in time to just one day...)

  
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    glad you dropped by my page love as for some reason never got email conformation on new blog.sorry you are going through so much love.stay strong and let us know how the dentist visit goes. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ARUNNINGKAT 11/13/2014 5:31PM

    Oh girl! So sorry about the pending issue with your teeth. So not fun! Any updates since this blog was written? (I am catching up on blogs)

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AZULVIOLETA6 11/12/2014 7:14PM

    You will deal with it and then you will move forward.

Hope that things get better soon.

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THELILEA 11/11/2014 9:18PM

    So sorry to hear you are having even MORE stress on you.... :(
As otheres have pointed out though, MAYBE it's good to have a potential thing to help you figure out at least SOME of the root of your current issues!!
I wish you the best in getting this, among other things, worked out so you can feel happy and at peace again hopefully soon!

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CRABADA 11/11/2014 4:20PM

    I know this isn't going to sound right, but I think this is *good* news. It won't make the issues with Jason or Boston go away, but it will clean the slate so you can approach those things with a clear head, less anxiety, and a healthier attitude about your body and weight.

Yes, it's one more thing to contend with, on top of *everything* else, and I'm sorry you're having to deal with it. But it's something that can be dealt with, and with relative ease.

I think you know me well enough to know this is in no way brushing off the difficulty of what you've got on your plate, and that I only want good things for you.

xox,
C.

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HEIDIJUNEBUG 11/11/2014 4:06PM

    This sucks. :( I hope your dentist appointment will provide answers and that at least the health troubles can get solved soon! *hugs*

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ANDSHEEWAS 11/11/2014 3:41PM

    Oh, I am so sorry. I hope you get this at least figured out. Sending positive energy.

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NSCARNEY 11/11/2014 1:08PM

    Oh dear! Do get that looked at. Sending encouragement/prayers/good vibrations your way.

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C8TSON 11/11/2014 12:58PM

    So sorry things are so rough for you right now. I hate that your teeth are acting up again. That doesn't sound good, but I am hopeful that maybe it won't be as bad once you get in there. Fingers crossed anyway. Take care of yourself. emoticon

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RUNNING-TURTLE 11/11/2014 10:46AM

    Hugs.

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WENDYANNE61 11/11/2014 10:13AM

    Gosh, that makes sense of a lot of the symptoms you have mentioned over the last few months. I really hope you find good medical professionals to help sort out this major problem again. Sorry to read that your family situation is so bad and that you are sad and angry away from your friends and all your relatives.

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ZENNITH 11/11/2014 8:34AM

    I hope you health improved for you soon

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NYMORNINGGLORY 11/11/2014 7:58AM

    Gosh - when it rains it pours at times. I'm so sorry things are spiraling for you particularly now, when you're not in your 'home' environment. I hope that the impending appointments are helpful in getting your oral health in check - so that your health in other areas can improve as well. Do keep us updated.

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Fun, exciting news!

Friday, November 07, 2014

Every year in November, I participate in National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. I've been doing this since 2009 and love the event. This year, however, with all the stress and depression, I decided last minute to drop from the program. I've felt restless and itchy since November began, as I've watched all my fellow Wrimos working on their projects and writing word-counts.

Back in October, I submitted my synopsis to a contest (of sorts) called 30 Days, 30 Covers. Different amateur graphic artists chose a synopsis from the pool of entries and design a cover for that book. I've never submitted a synopsis before this year, and I didn't figure that I could win a slot once I dropped from the program. Apparently, they don't check, because I found out this morning that my synopsis was chosen and my cover was featured on Day 5:



!!! It is amazing! My synopsis:

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When Poe Winterson's mother hangs herself on Christmas Eve, Poe is sent to live with her grandmother in the childhood home she hardly remembers. Eight years of nomadic life have obliterated memories of before. She barely recognizes her former best friend, Blake Hansley, much less the rest of her senior class, despite years of elementary school with dozens of them. She doesn't recall playing with Blake in the wooded area behind their neighborhood, or the dilapidated piano left abandoned there. She has no idea that this piano acts as a gateway to another world.

Nightmares. They've always haunted Poe, but they aren't inventions of her imagination like her mother taught her. The Nightmare world is real, and it has come to claim her. Suddenly, nothing about the fabric of Poe's life can be trusted - not her upbringing, not her memories, not the details of her mother's death. She wants to run, to disappear back into the real world and never step foot near that piano again. The Nightmares have taken Blake, however, and Poe refuses to let them destroy any more lives in their hunt for her.
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This has galvanized me, and even though I'm a full week late, I've decided to participate after all! I don't know that I'll hit the magical 50K mark, but I'm writing again!

You can see a larger image and the shortened synopsis here:

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    Gosh, you must be thrilled - that is wonderful! Keep writing....

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PRIN1978 11/9/2014 10:28AM

    Good for you. Keep it up!

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SAPHRAEL 11/8/2014 5:10PM

    Way to get back in there! Good for you!

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RYDERB 11/8/2014 4:12PM

    OMG! Love it! How exciting! Congratulations!

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RUNNERRACHEL 11/7/2014 10:28PM

    congrats! I'm glad to see your writing is back! So happy for you!

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WINNIE1978 11/7/2014 7:51PM

    emoticon

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MAMATOYA84 11/7/2014 5:05PM

    That's awesome. I really want to get back to writing and drawing, just seems I'm always so busy with the day to day tasks of life. But again congrats to you!!!!

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C8TSON 11/7/2014 4:56PM

    That is so emoticon !!!! Congrats!

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MISTY_MOUNTAINS 11/7/2014 1:54PM

    Awesome!! Way to go.

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ARUNNINGKAT 11/7/2014 12:33PM

    That is awesome! I am excited for you!

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THELILEA 11/7/2014 11:45AM

    Congratulations!! How inspiring!! Good luck with your writing, I can tell your inspiration fire is burning bright!

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GHK1962 11/7/2014 10:01AM

    Ok...that is all KINDS of YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

I had totally forgotten about the 30 covers in 30 days....I LOVED that almost as much as NaNoToons.

And for anyone that does not quite know about NaNo ... this really IS an incredible cool thing. There are tens of thousands of synopsis sent in for the 30 covers project. So what just happened here is beyond groovy!

Go you Amanda. And I have very little doubt that if you decide to really go for it, you will BLOW the 50K away. I have seen your mad writing skills. Nice!

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MISSROCKABILLY 11/7/2014 9:19AM

    Very cool, congrats!!

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ZMILENA 11/7/2014 8:35AM

    That is so great! I`m glad for you! Sudden and unexpected success emoticon can bring such joys!

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UNSTOPPABLEJEN 11/7/2014 8:33AM

    Very cool!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 11/7/2014 8:31AM

    OMG, that's so exciting, congratulations! emoticon

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AJB121299 11/7/2014 7:41AM

    Good luck

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