It’s been two weeks since my surgery. I’m doing better than I expected to be. At the checkup my doctor said I can move my arm full range of motion. Let me tell you, I never thought the simple act of stretching would feel so good. My shoulder has gotten very weak though, and I can’t have it in the same position for any length of time without it getting sore or tired. So next week I’ll start physical therapy for some stretching exercises. I still can’t do any weight bearing exercise.
The saga of the dogs hasn’t ended yet. By the time we were ready to have Cookie and Emmy at the kennel together for socialization, Cookie had gone into heat. (We will have her spayed ASAP, but with her heartworm treatment, then all the training issues, we haven’t been able to yet.) Because of that Bo couldn’t socialize her (it can cause fights.) So Emmy came home, and Cookie stayed at the kennel for obedience training. This Monday we finally got them both there together. They tried to fight each other at first, but have progressed to ignoring each other when in the play yard with a bit of curiosity. As Bo explained, the steps are agression, ignoring, curiosity, then playing/friendship. We hope to bring them home Monday. It won’t be over yet, but we’ve all come a long way.
I’ve also started doing a bit of editing on Ravaged. I’m trying a more defined method this time. I’ve created a checklist of sorts that’s a combination of Roz Morris’ Beat Sheet and the Elements of a Scene Worksheet from Jami Gold. I must admit it’s pretty tedious. Rather than doing it on paper, I created a spreadsheet. So I read a scene, switch to the spreadsheet, make notes, repeat. But I can already see where things need to be changed, fleshed out, perhaps removed. I can tell it’s going to be a very helpful, and more refined, method.
I’ve also been receiving feedback from my alpha reader. It’s been very helpful, and I can’t wait to put it into action.
So that’s it here. Lots of sleeping, reading, watching TV, and just taking it easy in between the little bit of editing I’ve done. I very much look forward to whenever I’m able to start working on strengthening exercises for my shoulder.