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Bainstorming Sepember 2019 to January 2020
Now that’s a dreaded word, isn’t it, especially if you must apply it to yourself. But ‘fraid I have to. Since my chest X-Ray of last year and the one this year, a tumor popped up on my lower let lung. And naturally malignant. Well, nothing I don’t deserve after 45 years of heavy smoking. However, a PET Scan showed only the one tumor and I got started on chemo right quick so there’s a good chance of beating it. You pay for your sins all right. The Chemo is a bugbear, then comes radiation and then more chemo. If that don’t take care of the tumor, I doubt anything will. Anyhow, will keep everyone posted insomuch as I know. In the meantime, on to keeping up with email.
Here are my present plans for writing. I intend to try to stick pretty close to these goals and quit skipping all over the map.
1. First I will try to keep my periodic Bainstorming Blog active, turning out one every two or three months or even more, depending on how the Chemo and Radiation treats me.
2. Next, I will continue to bring back some of my out of print books by publishing with Amazon. No time to submit to publishers. It will still go slow but I’ll do the best I can.
3. Then, I will work on two new manuscripts, a fourth book in the Aperture Series and a brand new manuscript titled MONKEYS IN THE ATTIC by DARRELL BAIN AND GARY BAIN. I believe you’ll like both these but again it will be slow going, and again depending on how the Chemo and Radiation treats me.
Note--Both the radiation and chemo haven’t been kind to your faithful author. I have no appetite and have to force food into my mouth. From around 150 I’m down to 108 pounds. That’s not good. With no clothes on, I look like a skeleton with some skin thrown over it. However, I’m finished with the radiation and only getting a prophylactic dose of Keytruda infused every three weeks. The thing is, just about the time I begin feeling well, another Keytruda is due. I shouldn’t complain. I’m probably in remission by now and the Keytruda I’m getting now is just prophylactic, infused every 3 weeks. Still I’m going to ask for a chest X-ray Jan 6 when I see my doc again.
4. The Apertures Trilogy:
I do have the Apertures Trilogy finished and consider it to be my best writing. Available in ebook and print editions. See Amazon or my new web page www.darrelbain.com (notice only one “l” in name now). This is an alternate worlds series with a few humans here and there who can access the different alternatives and a purely evil alternity that wants to dominate all other alternate Earths. Great adventure and a chance for us to start over and try to do it right on a new world that only the Jenkins twins have to power to access, if they aren’t killed or captured first. Note: For latest editions of the trilogy, the first and third book have green backgrounds and the second a background of a blackboard being written on with chalk. And, The Williard Brothers adventures series:
The Willliard brothers are the most zany, politically incorrect trio in literature today and they don’t give a damn what anyone thinks. The final novel, Fight for Mars is now available. The books in order are: Postwar dinosaur Blues, Bigfoot Crazy, Three for the Money, Space for Sale, and Fight for Mars. There is adventure, Romance, political intrigue, and plenty of combat. There is some wild humor mixed in, plane crashes and what amounts to a scavenger hunt for billions of dollars. Not enough? The money would be nice but it’s not the most important prize. The brothers don’t know what that is other than it’s the most important object on their horizon now--other than rum, sex and brawling. Note: Fight For Mars may need some revision, don’t know yet. Second Note: It is going slower than I anticipated. The chemo and radiation keep me fatigued so that I haven’t been doing any writing other than this blog. Three more weeks of radiation and then a PET Scan and we’ll see where I are.
Other Good Books of interest (IMHO) I’m written, which are now in print: The Afterlife Cabals, where it turns out that death isn’t so final after all, for some of us, Samantha’s Talent, An expansion of a short story where Samantha’s life in Alaska is cruelly interrupted. She has other adventures but the sequel to Savage Survival is included in this big book! Other good ones in print are: Rogue Program,The Golden Seeds, Warp Point, The Melanin Apocalypse, Strange Valley, The New Types, Alien Infection, T*I*N*S, Shadow Worlds, Hotline to Heaven, The Y Factor, The God Stories (ebook only, short but good and thought provoking), The Focus Factor, The Dachshund that Took Down Washington, The Crisperian Alliance, Alien Enigma.
Chemo for lung cancer, Oct 20th
The worst effect of the chemo and radiation is on my mind. I can’t remember much and so tired I have problems doing much of anything, and nausea every morning. I wish I could have written more for this issue of Bainstorming, but just not up to it. However, the Radiation is finished now, the week after Thanksgiving. I’ll start a new blog then and hope it is a bit longer! I just don’t feel like writing anything at this time. Sad but true. BETTY
I Really don’t see how I COULD HAVE MADE IT THROUGH THE LAST 6 MONTHS WITHOUT Betty. She does all the driving and all the cooking and all the shopping and all the housework other than when Maria comes once a week, and all the clothes washing. She has been a real trooper, but is just quietly exhausted. After all, she is 89 years old now, while I’ll be 81 in February.
Age difference? What age difference. She has 10 times the energy and stamina that I have.
End. Now I will close again and be ready to start another blog that will cover the Christmas Holidays, Thanksgiving, and some other odds and ends. Thanks for Reading and I sincerely hope you all have a prosperous and happy new year with no bumps in the road.
Shepherd, TX, November 2019.
I’m still suffering the ill effects of the radiation, even if it is finished, and still getting Trekuda once every three weeks as a prophylactic. This will go on for 6 months. I don’t know whether it is the lingering effect of the radiation or the Keytruda that is making me so tired and unable to help Betty much, but I do think I’m gradually feeling better. My hair is coming back in and I have to shave every 3rd day instead of once every week or so. I think the worst thing is not knowing whether or not I’m in remission or not. I’ll have to wait another 2 months before getting a PET Scan since Medicare puts a limit on how often they’ll pay for those things. Nothing to do but wait it out.
I did begin exercising by walking. Six minutes this morning and I’ll increase it by a minute every day or however much I can stand. That ought to keep my mind off how much longer I have to take the Keytruda. Only 4 and a half months to go. I’ll be counting down, and now and now this is definitely going to my webmaster for posting on my website. Remember: only one “l” in Darrel now!!!