Tuesday, December 22, 2015

In/Exhale Continues - The Aftermath

Thank you guys for a wonderful first half of a season! It's been a rough ride for me as many of you know, emotionally and physically, and it's been great to have my loyal readers to help encourage me along the way. I know I/E isn't at all what most people look for in a story on here, but looking back at the previous two seasons I really feel like this one is even better than those that came before, and I feel like it's something I can be proud of.

Previously on In/Exhale: Kai has agreed that he and Jon should both move in to Vicky's house as the best way to ensure he continues to recover while minimizing Jon's anxiety. Kai finds out that his hearing loss is permanent and pretty severe in the higher frequencies, and Jon convinces him to get the best hearing aid on the market to help him hear sounds normally out of his range, but it will take time for him to adjust, literally and emotionally, to his new reality, despite his being fine on the surface.

This Week on In/Exhale: Jon takes Kai to eat and the emotions of the day threaten to explode out. Jon confronts Kai about some of his secrets. Ultimately, Kai is able to find hope and finally see himself as part of Jon's family with Vicky.

Next Time on In/Exhale (after hiatus): Kai returns to school for his first day of class with his new hearing aids, trying to be fine with his new life and yet struggling all the same. Renee supports him and boosts his confidence to talk to Zach, his advisor, and start charting his future.

February 6, 2001 - Part III

Updated Table of Contents.

I'll be taking a few weeks off to catch up on this story since I don't have any more completed days after this one. A lot are half done, and I don't know how long it will take me since I'd like to have probably 3-4 days (which would be probably 12 episodes) done at least before I start posting again.

I also want to use some of this time if my headache/health allows to get back to work on my NaNo project (in case you missed it, you can read an excerpt on my blog). I've gotten a lot of great feedback on the short excerpt I posted, and one friend who has read the first 25,000 words is threatening bodily harm if I don't let her read more soon, lol.

I can't say it enough how amazing it is to have the loyal readers and commenters out there for encouragement. Kai and I are not so unalike in that way. As Renee says to him at one point in the next episode, "I'll tell you 10x a day, every day, if I have to," and I can be like that, too. Especially with my health, with the relentless pain (I thought acupuncture was helping but now I'm not so sure it is) there can be a lot of really, really dark days for me. (Again, Kai and I are alike there, too.)

I will miss you guys a lot, but I'll try to post a few times on my blog if I can, and I may even put up a special sexy excerpt of my NaNo project here that I won't post on my blog.

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas if you celebrate, and if you don't, that you still have a great next few weeks, and a Happy New Year.

You can also follow me on Twitter for updates, too.

-CA

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

In/Exhale - Kai's Hearing Test

So sorry this episode was late, guys. I know that I've put Kai through a lot, and I know it may seem like "too much" to some people. But I take the story where I feel it's going, and there's a lot of my own personal experience in it (even if it's fictionalized), and maybe because of that I can't help seeing all the complexities of a situation or illness. Maybe this doesn't make any sense to any of you reading this right now, but while it may seem sometimes like things happen "just because" in this story, I promise I've given a lot of thought and sometimes have explored multiple different branching paths before settling on the version I've shared with you.

Previously on In/Exhale: As a result of a dangerous infection in December, Jon had no choice but to give Kai's doctors permission to treat him with drugs that could potentially damage his inner ear. Now, weeks later, Kai's feeling the effects: vertigo, tinnitus, and hearing loss. He's making some good progress with his recovery from his mental illness, beginning to be more open and trusting of those close to him, but he still has a long road ahead of him.

This week on In/Exhale: Kai sees the ENT and has his hearing test, finally discovering whether or not his hearing loss is permanent, and how severe his inner ear damage is.

Next week on In/Exhale: The final episode before the break. Kai and Jon deal with the fallout of the rest of the day--deciding to move into Vicky's and Kai's hearing test results.

February 6, 2001 - Part II


Thank you so much to my loyal readers, to those of you who've followed my crazy, melodramatic saga week after week, who take the time to comment. I love reading your comments, especially seeing how you interpret a particular episode or incident. Thank you all so much.

And thanks again for those of you who've given me feedback on my NaNo project. I had to put it on temporary hold because of my health, but part of what I plan to do during my break is to work on it. And I may post a surprise snippet here on the blog (that I won't post on my site) just for you. :)

I'll be taking time off after next week's episode, but don't worry; I have a LOT more in store before the season ends!

-CA

As always, the Table of Contents has been updated.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Footsteps Chapter Thirteen is Up!

Hello, Rose here! As promised, I haven't forgotten you lovely readers! I've been somewhat hiding under a rock recently, but I'm crawling out every now and again as Christmas approaches.

I was very touched by your comments and feedback on Chapter Twelve, so a heartfelt thank you for those. It means a lot.

As for this chapter, we begin to see a little doubt creeping in with the emergence of someone from Caleb's past, but hopefully you'll enjoy some of the more touching moments too.

I hope that, as ever, you will let me know your thoughts on my story. I promise you I will see it through to completion, and it's all mapped out. I just need to write it!



And the Table of Contents has been updated too.


Take care, and thank you!
Rose

*EDIT* I have been under my rock so long I forgot which chapter this was in the post title. That has now been altered... Ooops!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

A Christmas Miracle

This is a singleton story, in honor of the holidays.  Hope you enjoy it!

A Christmas Miracle



Taylor

One of the first things that attracted me to my husband over 10 years ago was his virility.  If he wasn't running a marathon, he was competing in a bike race or maybe climbing a mountain. Joel was always moving, running, exercising. He had this perfect, toned body without even having to specifically work out at a gym. He had the sexiest body of any man I have ever met.  That's part of why I fell in love with him.

Looking at Joel now, sitting next to me, his body strapped into a power wheelchair, his fingers curled and positioned in splints, his legs immobile, the word "virility" is the last thing that comes to mind. Another word much more quickly comes to mind, a word we've tried to avoid saying for the last year and a half since that damn truck hit Joel's bicycle:

Crippled.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Three's A Crowd Chapter 48 - The End

Hello all my loyal readers, it is Wednesday and here I am with the next and final chapter of TAC. I bring you Chapter 48 and in this chapter you will meet everyone one more time. I have to say I was sad when I wrote those final two words at the end of the chapter, but I feel the story has played itself out. This story is the first finished story for me here on the Blog. I know I left "No Strings Attached" open for a Part 2 and I am working on it but TAC did take most of my time over the last year. I am also working on another story already which I am excited about but still will have to work on for a while to start posting. So Wednesdays are open again for any other authors here on our Blog. I had such a wonderful time posting every week for you, well, almost every week. I got so used to my main characters Trish, Shawn and Jesse. They felt so real at times and I have a special spot for them in my heart. I also have a special spot in my heart for all my readers and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your comments and feedback and for taking the time to follow TAC every week. I was very surprised to see all the hits on the last chapter and I am still trying to figure out what attracted so many readers or did people read it a couple of times...:-) I am debating if I should give publishing a try with TAC but I just don't know if I can pull it off. Anyways, I love all of you and your loyalty meant so very much to me. Thank you sooooo much, Yours truly, Dani
One last updated Table Of Contents: Table Of Content Three's A Crowd

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

In/Exhale Continues - Jon Takes His Turn

So I debated starting my break today but decided I'd go ahead and post this last day, which will divide into three episodes, then take my break. These episodes basically comprise the before, during, and after Kai's hearing test/exam.

Previously on In/Exhale: As a result of some antibiotics he was given during a major infection back in December, Kai has lost some of his hearing. This adds to the struggle he's already dealing with, although he's beginning to make some strides with help from Dr. Miller and those close to him. Meanwhile, although the brothers have reconciled and Vicky's family seems to grudgingly accept her relationship with Jon and the pregnancy, she's still a wedge placing a strain on the brothers' relationship.

This Week on In/Exhale: Because Kai took their last co-session for himself, today they are supposed to make it up. However, Kai recognizes the stress his brother is under lately and volunteers Jon take the time for himself. As a result, Jon is forced to explore some of his deep-seated issues such as his guilt and worry, and the two brothers finally come to a solution to their living situation.

Next Week on In/Exhale: Kai has his hearing test and exam to determine the extent and permanence of his hearing loss.

February 6, 2001 - Part I


Thank you again to those of you who continue to read and comment. It really does mean so much to me. I'm particularly glad you enjoyed last week's episode. I have to admit that was one of the episodes that made me fall in love with Bryan in that bittersweet way some of you spoke of. You'll probably see more of him in flashbacks in the future. ;)

-CA

PS - The Table of Contents is updated as usual.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Blue

Hi guys,
this very tiny story is on the weirder side of my writing. Hopefully it is to someone's liking... =)
Dubious consent, so be warned.

Lovis

Blue


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Sorry - no "Three's A Crowd" this week

Hello my readers, I am sorry but I couldn't get the next chapter of TAC done for this week. It has been too busy for me the last few days and even though I tried I don't want to give you a half done chapter. I was surprised that for some reason the hits on last week's chapter had doubled compared to all the weeks before. I am not sure if it was the sex I had announced for the chapter even though there had been other chapters with sex that didn't get that many hits. Oh well, I am thankful for all my readers even though lots of times I wish I would know what people actually think about the stuff they read. If it was the sex, did they like it? :-) I do have my regular and loyal readers who give me signs that they are out there somewhere and I appreciate that a lot. I know all authors feel that way but we need the feedback to see if what we are doing is actually worth it. Anyhow, thanks for all your time and comments, I appreciate it so much. Sorry again for no TAC chapter this week. I will make up for it next week. Hugs, Yours, Dani

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

In/Exhale Continues - Father/Son Bonding

So this episode was one I wrote for myself initially. Originally, I envisioned it as Jon reminiscing about a particular moment of his childhood, spending some time with his father and brother. However, as I expanded it, it soon developed into a more traditional third-person episode because I found myself wanting to slide into Bryan's POV, to get to know him better.

Then, as the third season progressed, I realized there was a shift starting to happen, and this episode felt like it really fit at this point in time. So I finished it up, polished it up a little, and here it is.

Bryan is Jon's hero in a lot of ways, even so many years after his death, and with everything going on with his baby on the way, he's been thinking more and more about Bryan. So I felt like this was the perfect chance to get some insight into what kind of man Bryan was first-hand, so-to-speak, and why he's still Jon's idol.

Previously on In/Exhale: Kai has finally made some progress in his life, opening up to some of those closest to him and becoming a bit more self-aware of how his mental illness affects those around him. Jon and Vicky have tackled the hurdle of informing her parents about the pregnancy, and Jon has even gone so far as to call his adoptive father.

This week on In/Exhale: A flashback to when Kai was four and Jon was twelve in which they spend some time with their father.

Coming up on In/Exhale: Kai and Jon have a scheduled co-session with Dr. Miller, but Kai, sensing Jon needs the time to himself, gives it up. The two brothers, with Dr. Miller's help, finally talk about a life-changing decision they've been putting off, and Kai finally has his hearing test to discover the reality of his hearing loss. Jon and Kai deal with the consequences of the earlier days events.

Flashback: August 9, 1982


I've updated the Table of Contents, as always.

I do think I'm going to need a break soon. I've been pretty sick on top of everything and haven't really been able to write at all lately, so I'll probably take a few weeks to finish the draft of my NaNo book and get caught up on I/E. I have several episodes started but not finished, and I sort of just need some time to relax. But don't worry, it won't be long, I promise. :)

-CA