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Reality in Fiction: Transplants Part Two

Warning: This post is the continuation of last week’s post. It was even more difficult for me to get through as some of these issues are still current in my SO’s health. If you have questions, please ask. As well, if you have opinions or information, please feel free to share in the comments.

POST-TRANSPLANT

Recovery is different for every transplant but in each instance recovery can take time. Most transplants require patients to be hospitalized for at least a few days post-transplant so that the doctors can closely monitor their recovery process.

Each patient reacts to recovery in a different way. Some patients may find they recover at a fairy quick pace without many incidents. Other patients may find they recovery quickly at the beginning but start to slow down the further into their recovery that they get. There are patients who find their recovery is a slow process which may require another transplant before they reach full health. And, sadly, there are patients who may never recover their health after transplant. All of these occurrences are normal.

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Reality in Fiction: Transplants Part One

Warning: This post was difficult for me to write due to the subject being so close to my heart. I apologize in advance if this is not edited to my normal quality as I had a difficult time reading it through. As well, if there is anything you feel I have missed, please let me know. I am planning a part 2 for transplants to include more information I gathered over the last few years.

The first thing to remember about transplants is that every transplant is different and every transplant patient has a different experience. Both transplant and recovery can vary greatly from patient to patient.

FINDING OUT

Patients who require transplants usually find out about their need because they become very ill. In fact, it can be obvious from looking at the patient that there is something wrong. They go to the doctor because of these symptoms and are given tests to find out the problem. Once the doctor figures out why the symptoms are present in the patient, they may refer the patient to a specialist. It may be the family doctor or the specialist who diagnoses the specific issue that requires transplant.

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Planner or Pantser?

I was recently going through Limyaael’s Rants (which I highly suggest to anyone who is interested in writing) and came across one about writing without an outline. Which, of course, made me think about planning versus pantsing when writing.

For anyone who knows me, I am a planner. When I try to write without a plan, I write maybe a paragraph before I start making an outline.

I’m not saying that all of my outlines are complex with no room for derivation. Some of my outlines consist of three lines or a beginning, middle and end. But they always give me a sense of where I am going.

Some of my outlines are for a complete work while others are only good for a scene or two. In fact, the majority of my outlines are only good for a few scenes at best.

I suppose that, by creating outlines for only a few scenes, I am trying to be a pantser. However, it is ingrained into my being that lists and plans are required for life. So, by making smaller outlines, my story can retain the spontaneity that pantser stories have while keeping the structure of an outline.

For this month’s Camp Nano, I am trying to fly by the seat of my pants. I am trying to completely avoid writing out any sort of outline. It’s not going as well as I would like but I’m hoping that I can at least get through the month.

So what about you? Are you a planner or a pantser when it comes to your writing?

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Pay Sites: Yay or Nay?

This question was brought on by the fact that 750words.com is soon to become a pay site. Which means that people who used 750words because it was a free service will no longer be able to. Granted it will only cost $5 a month to use but ,for some people, that $5 could be better spent going towards something like food or bills.

I know that some people will be crying that $5 is not enough to make a difference. To those people, I would say that you are lucky that you don’t have to worry about money. Unfortunately, I am not one of those lucky people.

I grew up in a place where the majority of the population are on unemployment for about 8 months out of the year. I learned early on to budget for everything. I learned to count the cost of groceries before I go to the check out and that the cheap brands usually have the same quality as the name brands. In essence, I learned to live within my means and to save every penny that I earn.

Unfortunately, my life circumstances at the moment mean that I cannot afford to pay $5 a month to use 750words. Hopefully I will be able to afford that in the future or it will go back to a free site (which Buster has said is a possibility). Right now though, I will not be able to use the site.

I would still suggest the site to those who are interested in setting up a writing schedule but only if you have the money to spend.

 

P.S. In just 2 days 9 hours and 42 minutes, Camp NaNo is set to begin its April chapter. If you have a login for NaNo, then you can login to Camp NaNo. Rebels are encouraged to join up and Wrimos are welcomed with open arms. So if you have been putting off that novel, memoir, or any other writing goal, then April is your month.

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No More LiveJournal Updates

In a sad turn of events, I have decided to no longer update my livejournal. I found that, when I have my comments open, I get a lot of spam. I did toy with the idea of just closing off comments but I want everyone who reads my works to be able to comment on them. Therefore, all future posts will be located here.

I will keep the livejournal online for an archivese.

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750 Words

In order to get myself back into the habit of writing every day, I have signed up for a writing website called 750 words. This website challenges writers to write at least 750 words every day. Unlike a blog or a personal website, 750 words does not post publicly. Everything you write is for you and those who you choose to share it with.

The 750 words don’t have to be sentences or even make sense as long as you write 750 in a day. If you really feel up to the challenge, 750 words has monthly writing challenges. If you write over 750 words every day for the month, you will get your name on the wall of awesomeness.

I can imagine that this site will be a great tool for NaNo.