Getting Back in the Groove

I’m sorry that I’ve had such a long absence. I really appreciate my fellow authors of this group for being patient with me while I was gone, and for keeping the blog running. I’ll try to be more active now with writing, both blogging and stories, so look for more from me in the future.
I had eye surgery that took a long time to recover from. In fact, I’m still recovering my full vision for at least another month, and I also have to limit how much screen time I have in order to avoid eye strain and headaches. It’s been a frustrating time for me because I can’t write on my computer or read on my tablet. Electronics have been both helpful and hindering in this process because I could increase the font size to make everything easier to read, but then I could only use them for a little while at a time.
It was hard not being able to see anything or do much for several months. Although I had limited vision even immediately after the surgery, it surprised me how difficult it was to do even common tasks. For a while, I was very sensitive to light and had to wear sunglasses all of the time (even indoors, which looked strange). Later, when my vision started to recover, I still had problems with depth perception and I was cross-eyed when one eye healed faster than the other. Even just walking outside in public became difficult since I was constantly worried I was going to bump into someone else. I’m so fortunate that I only had temporary vision loss because now I can appreciate what I have even more. I can’t imagine what life is like for those people who have permanent visual impairment, partially or totally. Although there are some accommodations out there, most people do take it for granted that you can see, and I needed a lot of help to get by.
The one thing that I rediscovered during my recovery is audiobooks. I listened to a lot of books on tape as a child, but I’d stopped when I got older. I was delighted to find that audiobooks are even bigger now and easier to get with the internet, and I can load them onto my phone to listen instead of lugging around giant cases of cassette tapes. It’s a very different experience to listen to a masterful narrator read aloud a story instead of reading the words. I enjoyed closing my eyes and being transported to another world. I know some of the other authors here on IB already know the joys of audiobooks and have even produced their own, but this was new for me. Now I look forward to hearing more audiobooks.
Now that I’m recovering, it’s taking me some time to get back into writing. I have to take it slow without pushing myself too hard. I was also in a “groove” last year where I was writing and publishing new stories every month, and once I slipped out of that, it’s been tricky to get it back. I might have something new by the end of the year, but I’m not making any promises right now. Please be patient and keep an eye out for more news from me in the future. There are a few projects percolating at the moment, but it’s hard for me to estimate when they might be done.
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About Kristen S. Walker

Fantasy author Kristen S. Walker dreams of being a pirate mermaid who can talk to sharks, but she settles for writing stories for teens and adults. Her new novel, A Flight of Marewings, tells the adventure of a duke's illegitimate daughter who must stop her father's murderers--by taming a dangerous monster. A Flight of Marewings is now available in print from Amazon and digitally from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and other ebook retailers. To read a sample chapter or check out Kristen's pirate pictures, please visit kristenwalker.net. You can talk good books, cats, or medieval cooking with Kristen anytime on Twitter (@KristenSWalker) or Facebook.

Posted on September 7, 2015, in Authors - Kristen S. Walker. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Kristen, wow and welcome back. I was not aware of your troubles and it was frankly scary to read about. I’m so glad things seem headed back to normal, but I think I’d rather lose a hand than my vision. Maybe one of your characters gets whacked on the head and experiences that same cross-eyed phenomenon you had- you’ll really know how to describe it.
    And let me know if you don’t have an audio copy of “The Ring and the Flag”, I’ll be happy to send and you might find it amusing. Take care and again welcome back!

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