Problem Chapters…

Usually when I’m having a hell of a time writing a chapter, I find that I’m following the wrong train of thought or forcing a character/plot point that doesn’t belong or belongs elsewhere. Best solution? Scrap it and come at it from a different angle.
Then there are those chapters that are a real pain in the arse to write that are absolutely pivotal to character development, plot development, or hell, the damn timeline!
I hate those chapters. I really do.





The Saga Continues

Been crazily hard at work on “Ice Phoenix”. While nowhere near the end, yet, I can honestly say I am well past the “middle”. This gives me a small sense of accomplishment and an incredible sense of dread. I always feel dread the closer I get to the end because the question “did I blow the reader’s mind” looms larger and larger with each passing chapter.


Kindle Issue x3!

Here we go again, again.
It seems there is STILL an issue with Kindle users trying to download “Zikhin” Book One of the Tome Series. I sincerely apologize for the on-going problem. I have (yet again) contacted Kindle and it looks like it’s going to be a while before it gets resolved. As always, I will try to keep you, my wonderful, kind, understanding fans, up to date on what’s going on and, of course, I will let you know as soon as it’s resolved. Until then, for the time being, all I can do is beg patience and suggest good old-fashioned paperback. 😦

I AM sorry for any inconvenience this might cause anyone.



Beyond Irritated

Angry? Enraged? Furious? Seeing red?
I don’t think there’s enough phrases in the English language to describe the level of blind fury I’m experiencing at the moment.
There I am, in the middle of working on my novel “Ice Phoenix” WITH the automatic save feature ON and the entire Word program decides to freaking freeze up on me! To the extent that I had to shut it down and reopen it just to get it to work again. I have lost en entire page of work! And, of course, you can’t just ‘get it back’. I’m disgusted and angry. Extremely angry.



Good and Bad

There are good writing days and bad writing days.

Good writing days don’t always consist of a lot of writing or even exceptional writing. Good writing days can simply be when you figure out the focus of a chapter you’ve been spinning around in circles on for the last few days.

Spinning around in circles would constitute a ‘bad’ writing day.


Surgical Suture

I love it when I learn something new whilst doing research for a novel I’m working on. This time around it was the history of surgical suture!

Did you know…
Through many millennia, various suture materials were used, debated, and remained largely unchanged. Needles were made of bone or metals such as silver, copper, and aluminium bronze wire. Sutures were made of plant materials (flax, hemp and cotton) or animal material (hair, tendons, arteries, muscle strips and nerves, silk, and catgut).

The earliest reports of surgical suture date to 3000 BC in ancient Egypt, and the oldest known suture is in a mummy from 1100 BC. A detailed description of a wound suture and the suture materials used in it is by the Indian sage and physician Sushruta, written in 500 BC. The Greek father of medicine, Hippocrates, described suture techniques, as did the later Roman Aulus Cornelius Celsus. The 2nd-century Roman physician Galen described gut sutures. In the 10th century, the catgut suture along with the surgery needle were developed by Abulcasis. The catgut suture was similar to that of strings for violins, guitar, and tennis racquet and it involved harvesting sheep intestines.

Joseph Lister endorsed the routine sterilization of all suture threads. He first attempted sterilization with the 1860s “carbolic catgut,” and chromic catgut followed two decades later. Sterile catgut was finally achieved in 1906 with iodine treatment.

The next great leap came in the twentieth century. The chemical industry drove production of the first synthetic thread in the early 1930s, which exploded into production of numerous absorbable and non-absorbable synthetics. The first synthetic absorbable was based on polyvinyl alcohol in 1931. Polyesters were developed in the 1950s, and later the process of radiation sterilization was established for catgut and polyester. Polyglycolic acid was discovered in the 1960s and implemented in the 1970s. Today, most sutures are made of synthetic polymer fibers. Silk and, rarely, gut sutures are the only materials still in use from ancient times. In fact, gut sutures have been banned in Europe and Japan owing to concerns regarding Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy. Silk suture is still used, mainly to secure surgical drains.

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