This was a fantastic chat! It inspired me to read one of Mr. Shea’s stories called “Copping Squid”. It was fantastic!
I just re-read The Autopsy, a short story by Michael Shea, and found new irony in it.
Author Michael Shea died last month, and we’re going to honor him on today’s video chat. Join us today at 6:00pm Eastern time (5pm Central, 3pm Pacific) — go to this webpage at that time, to watch the show live.
I realize that my last post was merely an updated version of the one before it. I apologize. This time, I have an update on my journey. The mountain climbs higher, but I am still charging upwards.
As I mentioned, I was seeing my orthopedist yesterday. Long story short, I need to have surgery again. A piece of a disc in my lower back is rubbing against my sciatic nerve again. My doctor told me I could keep getting injections and going to physical therapy, but they would not fix the fact that the disc piece is still rubbing the nerve. In other words, I could spend the next six months trying injections and therapy and still be right where I am now. Surgery will fix the problem and I will be able to return to work within the same time frame as I was given for therapy.
I wish I could follow my dream without worrying, but I am not the only factor in the equation. While I can survive on next to nothing, my family deserves better than that. They did not sign-up to suffer while I peddled my writing. I still have to take care of them. So, I am not leaving my job despite the risk. I will keep writing and working toward publication. When I am making a steady income from writing that exceeds my income from my present job by at least half again, then I will leave it. Sometimes dreams need to be modified for us to realize them, but the important thing is to keep pushing to realize them.