Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Writing, Gaming, Mourning

I've been touched by the number of people who have contacted me, wondering about my disappearance from the blogosphere and social media (Twitter, in particular). Well, here it is:

Writing
First, I was doing a lot of work on my fiction writing ever since my story was workshopped in class. I was nervous, but it went well and I received a lot of great feedback. When my Fiction class ended, I started taking a Characters class, which I'm still working on.

Gaming
Then I made the mistake of downloading Star Wars: The Old Republic. It's actually a good way to study character because the first one I played was so incredibly evil and made choices I could never make in real life. My fiction instructor said that it's a good reminder that your character is NOT you.

Mourning
On June 1, our cat Basil (the Prince) was scheduled for a check-up -- rabies shot, the usual. He was dragging the Thursday and Friday before his appointment, and although he was very excited to eat, he had a tough time with it. We thought maybe he needed his teeth cleaned, or something like that -- nothing serious. Although his naps seemed deeper than usual, he wasn't hiding, which in cats, is a sign of illness or pain. He did seem to drop weight overnight, but again, we thought it was his teeth.

After a physical exam, bloodwork, and x-rays, it turned out that he had an abdominal mass. Not too surprising considering that he had chronic pancreatitis for years, and the guy was 2 months shy of turning 18. As you can see in the pic, his eyes were bright and alert that day. (Or maybe I'm imagining that.) He tried to remain strong up until the end, which came an hour or so later.

The vet didn't think he'd make it through the weekend, and because he was severely anemic, he wasn't oxygenating blood, which meant that if we took him home for his last days, he would go into respiratory distress, which would require a trip to the E.R., etc., when the time came. Obviously, we didn't want to put him through that. But we weren't expecting to leave the vet without him that day.

I haven't been able to write since. I'm taking a week-long workshop at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival next week. Hopefully, that will get me started again.

23 comments:

  1. Bee-I'm so sorry for your loss.

    I'm happy to see that you are enjoying the various workshops.Enjoy the one in Iowa next week.

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  2. So sorry about your unexpected loss. It's a tough decision, I know.

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  3. I'm so sorry for your loss Bee. Basil was a gorgeous cat and it sounds like he had a pretty happy life with you. I hate how good they are at hiding that they're sick.


    I hope you have fun at the writing workshop next week – and I hope it gives you the kick you need to start writing again.

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  4. So sorry for your loss, it is terrible losing a companion, but he looks like he was happy and contented in your company. You gave him a good life and part of that is knowing when to let go, even though it is hard. Have fun at the writing workshops.

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  5. Oh Bee, I am so sorry. It's never easy to let go of one of your babies. He had a good life and I hope that comforts you.

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  6. I'm so sorry Bee! It's so hard to put a pet to sleep.

    We missed you though! I hope you'll come visit again to the bloggity blog soon!

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  7. I'm so sorry about Basil! Saying goodbye to a friend is never easy. We are still so sad over Zero and that was a couple of months ago. It really is like losing a family member!

    Hugs times infinity!

    Valerie

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  8. I am glad to see you back, Bee. I am so sorry for your loss. Years ago my Emily had something very similar and it had the same outcome. She was 13. It is not easy, but Basil was loved and will be always so that is something that will bring you solace after awhile. Sending hugs from NYC!!

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  9. Oh Bee, I'm so sorry about Basil. Take whatever time you need - the blogosphere will be here when you get back. I also haven't been blogging much - busy baseball spring/summer and new puppy. Hope to get back on track in the fall!

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  10. Stopping by this evening to wish you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hop over to my place to see what I have to say in honor of your special day. :D

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  11. I just came across your blog on BlogHer sort of randomly. I am sorry to hear about your kitty. My sweet Sammy-Joe cat died in February of cancer... it was not as sudden as your cat's, but I had taken him to the vet in December because he was losing a lot of weight, and thats when they told me... and he died two months later. It really is like losing a family member... and if people argue that point, it is AT LEAST like losing your best friend. I still bust out crying sometimes when I think of him. But I also have two dogs who keep me distracted and keep me moving a lot of the time. I just wanted to say, i'm sorry for your loss, and I hope you are doing okay in spite of it.

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  12. Thanks, Cyn. I'm sorry it's taken me so long to reply. I hope to post about the workshop soon.

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  13. Hi, Suzanne. Again, thank you.

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  14. Yes, knowing that we gave him the best life we possibly could and loved him does give me comfort.

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  15. Thanks, Tara. You always make me smile. :-)

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  16. Thanks, Valerie. I haven't forgotten to post about the blog award. I just haven't been blogging. Obviously. lol

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  17. Thanks, Stacie. I've seen a few pics of the puppy on Instagram via Twitter. I'd love to know how the new one and Buster are getting along!

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  18. Thanks, Cathy. And a belated thank you for the wonderful birthday post!

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  19. Hi, Angel, and welcome. I haven't posted in a long time, but hope to post again soon. I don't have kids, and I realize that kids aren't like pets, but Basil was a family member just the same. I'm finally beginning to move on, but wow, it's been rough.

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  20. Sorry to hear about your kitty, Bee. That had to be tough, especially with little warning. :( I'm glad he didn't suffer, though.

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