The shoes didn't fit. It was an omen.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Atomic Explosions and Kidnappings

This past week was a week from the pit of you-all-nowhere. That was for sure.

In the midst of the US going through some horrendous natural disasters, last Tuesday, I had a colonoscopy and an endoscopy.

For several months now, I've been experiencing severe abdominal pain. Salad, rice, pastas, and cereals cause what feels like an atomic explosion in my tummy and intestines. It is excruciating and embarrassing to say the least. Bombs are noisy, you know.

My body has lost a lot of mass as well. Clothing hangs on me. I thank God for my wide hips. If it weren't for them, my jeans and skirts would slide off.

Anyway, while I was sleeping off the nappy-time-drugs the doctor gave to me for his scoping purposes, he told the Sweetman I had the bowels of an 85 year old woman and a twisted one at that. He also took 4 biopsies from 4 different suspicious looking spots on or in my stomach...something like that.

Sweetman has diagnosed me a mess.

This Thursday, I get the doctors final and official diagnosis of what the big picture is.

Personally, I think I picked up a bacteria back in Europe, which causes ulcers, which causes digestion issues, which can cause a twisted bowel. I did my research already.

To top it off, McFee some how kidnapped my computer. Every few seconds the doggone thing would pop a message on my screen that I needed to buy their software. It held my Windows Firewall Defender hostage for days, screwing up almost everything I tried to do on my computer...especially my internet. I didn't get to half the blogs I followed this past week either. Every time I went on, I'd lose connection.

Finally, I figured out how to uninstall it. But when I did, my computer shut off to download a bunch of stuff. I thought it was from Windows. Boy, was I wrong!

After this, pop-ups would appear once I got on-line. Every blog or site I visited this past week had them, including mine, making it utterly impossible to read anything on-line. I couldn't even post a post to my blog via computer.

So I had to go in and uninstall any apps downloaded on the same day I got rid of McFee. I really believe they sabotaged my computer. Greedy bleepers!

My daughter suggested I install Adblocker. So I did.

Right now, I am pop-up free. But now my iPhone is acting strange. I'm losing my internet connection on that. If it isn't one thing its another.

As for my writing, I'm slugging along. I'm beginning to believe I'm the slowest writer ever. My goal was to have Killer Stilettos out by December 2013. But of course that has come and gone. While I work on its rewrites, I'm drafting other stories. And I still need to publish Samah Ronit. Eventually, it will be out there for FREE indefinitely. Its a short one.

Here's the cover I've been working on:

Here's the blurb:

What would you do if you were a pregnant sixteen year old being forced to have an abortion against your will?

Annabelle is at odds with her mother's forcefulness to get rid of the blob she has inside her. If not, it could ruin her father's reputation along with her mother's.

Will Annabelle be able to save her baby and her parents' reputations?

Any suggestions on either the blurb or the cover, would be greatly appreciated.

How did your last week go?

I hope everyone has a happy Monday. And I pray all goes well for everyone in the US this week.

Hugs and chocolate!


  1. Stephen Tremp had a lot of similar problems too. He got lots of ads all over his screens. I hate MacAfee. Good luck with the books and good luck with the *oscopies. I had an endoscopy not long ago, not too bad, but don't want to have a colonoscopy if I can help it.

    1. All through the A to Z Challenge, I kept having computer issues.

  2. Thank you, Shelly. I'm sure it wasn't intentional, but you've made me feel like much less of a mess than I thought I was. I'm keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

    1. We all have something to deal with. Hugs to you, Norma.

  3. PS Looking forward to the book. You did a good job on the cover.

  4. Wishing you a speedy recovery. My computer has been going wacky too and it is because of the virus protector. I got an email about that new virus heart bleed. Today Google was messing up. Great book cover and blurb about the story.

    1. Thank you for the well-wishes.

      I know what you mean about the GOogle going googley and the heart bleed virus. It sucks. Really bad.

  5. Hey, Shelley,

    Sending lots of prayers, hugs, and good vibes your way. I hope you get well soon and that you recover quickly...

  6. You had yourself a rough week. I hope everything gets sorted out quickly.

  7. It sounds like you need hugs and chocolate! Hope things get better for you!

    I like the cover, but the bottom text seems to get lost in the trees. Have you tried moving it up under the main title? Or maybe even eliminate it, and lower the main title a little. And perhaps raise your author name a little.

    Just suggestions. I like your blurb!

    1. Love suggestions. I'm still working on the cover here and there. I had another one...I thought but its disappeared.

      And yes chocolate hugs would be good right now.

  8. Sorry you aren't feeling well. Not fun. Hope you figure it out soon.

  9. I have to admit I do not know what/who McFee is. Apparently not a good thing for computers.
    I'm actually fed-up with all the technology and I'm trying very hard to not do much, only enough to get me by. I've also been busy on my next book in series, it might be a toss up on you and I as far as who is slowest at getting something finished, Shelly.
    Sorry to hear about your intestine problems. Not fun. Hope things work out and you'll be okay. I'll keep checking up on you.
    Hugs and lots of chocolate!

  10. Hi human, Shelly,

    I'm very sorry it has taken me this long to get here. My poor paws are very sore from all this typing.

    You've been going through some rubbish times with your computer. My human's a technophobe.

    I do hope you get better, real soon.

    The blurb entices. The cover, as stated by Sherry, could use some more tweaking. Still, I no you are still working on it.

    Wishing you a peaceful rest of your week.

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar! :)

    1. Hi, Penny!

      Sorry I didn't answer sooner.

  11. My computer has been trying to tell me what to do since I brought it in the house. I think someone wants to sell me things so I can see the things I already have. It is very frustrating.

    I hope all your internal problems have an easy answer and you will start feeling better soon.

  12. Hope things improve for you, Shelly! Sounds like a pretty rough week. I hope the diagnosis isn't serious. Sending prayers!

    Love the cover and the blurb!

    My last week was ok, but I can't seem to get caught up on all I need to do! Oh well...

  13. So sorry to hear of your health issues-- biopsies are not fun at all.

    Feel better soon. Hugs.


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