I’ve been thinking about turning my blog into a book for a while now – pulling together a series of posts into a (hopefully) coherent diary. My aim is to help other people see that, despite MS, life goes on.
What could be simpler? I have two years of blog posts and there’s a plot. Plus The Teenager has a starring role.
Well, who knew the whole process could be quite so emotionally draining? I’ve read every single word of my blog. I’ve laughed, I’ve cringed, I’ve cried.
To go through the whole ‘journey’ again has been hard, but rewarding. It’s great to see how far I’ve come, but it’s upsetting to see what I had to go through to get here.
But isn’t that the same for all of us, when we look back? We thought we’d never get through it, but somehow, we do. Life is very different, but often in positive ways, not just the negative. Although I am now acutely aware just how much I talk about chocolate. And cake. And bacon butties.
Anyway, I have whittled down the blog posts by around 60% (I also talked about my cat far more than I should have). Easier than it sounds, as I had to still keep the thread going so people don’t read it and think, ‘huh? Why is she suddenly driving around on a mini-digger?’
So, I am in the middle of proof-reading (very, very embarrassing – my grammar is often appalling) and cover-designing. And writing an author bio without sounding pretentious (moi?). I also have to write an introduction, choose a price, choose layout, page size, photograph, etc. And all before Uni starts back next Wednesday, when I will once again be drowning in a sea of books I haven’t read beyond the back covers.
In a bid to super-charge my life through this period, I have been flirting with the Paleo diet, after so many people recommended it for MS. I thought it was the answer to everything – an eating plan focusing on meat, vegetables and fruit. Visions of Kentucky Fried Chicken boxes with fries popped up in my mind, as did apple cake. And my beloved bacon butties. The books I had eagerly ordered from the local library soon put paid to that idea.
As I write and ponder upon my book introduction, I am munching on a chicken drumstick, skin removed, no batter. For dinner, I am having grilled salmon with mushrooms and spinach. I’m easing myself in gently though (the book says 80% for newbie-Paleo-fatties like me), so my 20% will be a handful of After Eights, left over from Christmas….
That is a great idea. I would like to add one point, I have a series of stories told by our members of their trials of living with MS. My story has been posted in several blogs and the response was overwhelming on how my story gave one woman strength to move forward. If you wish to include some of these stories i will send them to you …..
That would be great! x
I keep toying with Paleo but haven’t got the willpower. Husband great but works stupid hours and is vegetarian, . The idea of having to consider 3 variations on a meal is soul destroying. Mind you on one of my ‘I will eat better days’ I eventually found a shop in Brussels selling Kale. Google for recipes that would make it taste better than it looks. Crispy Kale ( even the kids love it). Rinse it , dry it place on baking try, drizzle olive oil on it and shove in oven for 10 mins at about 150/160. Sprinkle with bit of salt when done. Like eating crisps. Good luck with the book.
I’m with you on that one – Teenager is ‘allergic’ to vegetables apparently. Just bought a spirulizer (sp??) in the hope that it will turn carrots into fun things to eat. Hmm. Thanks for the kale recipe! I will be trying that tonight as I’m off to do a mammoth fruit and veg shop this morning 🙂
My mum has something like that for apples. Peels and cuts the apple into a continuous slinky coil. Kids sit there dangling apple spirals in their mouths. My mum was getting concerned about how many apples she was getting through.
I showed it to The Teenager this morning and he was distinctly underwhelmed, lol. Then he badgered me to move to Scotland so he could have days off school when it snows. All before 8am…
Ah but he wouldn’t want the power cuts too.