Monday

A Year in Hades (and not with Percy Jackson or some other character)

I love 'em, but man, these
two are time consuming.
The other day I realized that it had been over a year since I last posted on this blog. A year. It has both felt like a minute, and at the same time decades longer.

It has not been a good year.

In June 2011, my two year old still couldn't really talk. He tested positive for hearing loss due to fluid in his ears which was corrected. He was expected to quickly start talking with a little speech therapy. He did not. Partly this was because his original speech therapist was an absolute ninny, but mostly it was because there was much more going on. In February he was finally diagnosed with dyspraxia (which no one debates) and PDD (which is still fairly up in the air with pretty much everyone including the doctor that diagnosed him with it). PDD or Pervasive Developmental Disorder (or as I prefer Physician Didn't Decide - I forgot where I saw that) means that you have a child who has autistic traits and falls onto the Autism spectrum, but the child does not fit into many of the other specific Autism diagnoses (like Asperger's or classic Autism). If you're curious to see some of what I've been going through, you can see my blog on it: Parenting is Overrated. I think the title says it all.

With the diagnosis has come special schools, lots (and lots and lots) of therapies and new diets. This also coincided with my husband going back to work, and my having to maintain a certain number of hours at the bookstore every week in order to keep our insurance. It was a stressful year. It was time consuming, and it meant the last thing I wanted to do was blog about query letters or book proposals that I didn't have the energy to read in the first place.

But the year has not been entirely in vain. I managed to finish the new Buried Editor website with all sorts of great information like tips and advice.  I've also worked on the Facebook page, and I've been developing exclusive content for it. As one of those exclusive things, I started developing Writing Sprints -- focused writing prompts designed to help with specific parts of your projects. I didn't think I'd come up with many, but to my surprise, I thought of 51. I'm going to put one up a month on the Facebook Page where people can post what they write based on the prompt and get feedback. If you wait just a little over 4 years, you can get all of them off the site, but if you want all of them now, get the little ebook (or in a few weeks the little print book). I'm going to be giving away some copies next month.

I'm not going to make any promises that the blog is back up and running although I'm going to do my best. However, as I've now learned, life can get in the way in a major manner. I think everything is back under control. I think my son's progress is on track. But I only think.


3 comments:

Rebecca said...

Very nice to see you back! I hope this year makes up for the last.

Stacy Whitman said...

My cousin has a daughter with dyspraxia. It involves a lot of getting her familiar with new ideas and routines, from what I can understand--walking her through any new experience so she doesn't freak out, and then she's able to handle it well after that. (This girl is now in grade school.) I don't understand it much, but it does sound like a huge challenge.

Sindhu Vijayasarathy said...

My son had speech delay until he was four. He spoke a language, but not one any of us understood! This was 17 years ago. We never had him diagnosed because he eventually began to speak in a way that we all understood. What really helped was taekwondo. He began at age 4. It helped him focus, and get over a lot of other near dyspraxia-like issues. He's been doing taekwondo for 13 years now and is getting ready to go to college to study Chemistry on a pre-med track. Taekwondo is worth a try. I know it worked for my son. good luck and thanks for the wonderful blog you write.
-Sindhu Vijayasarathy