Short Update

As promised, the end-of-the-year series of goals and dreams blogs will be along fairly regularly over the next week and up to New Year’s Eve. Still having a problem in one eye (mostly still blind), so spending as little time at the computer as I can. So the columns are going a little slower than normal.

The big estate stuff is basically done. Sometime in the week after Christmas I will take one more truck-load up to the new WMG offices. Last week we did a ton of tearing out and building and painting in a new area I rented in the same building on the same floor, so except for some new flooring on about 1,000 square feet, the 4,500 office complex is ready. I just need to unload and put on shelves about 1,500 boxes of books and other stuff. And hang a ton of art, since part of the complex used to be an art gallery. It’s going to be way cool. Those coming to the workshops will see it starting the last week of February since that’s where the workshops will be held.

I still need to distribute everything from the estate when the court says I can in Feb and then clean up a three bedroom home in Eugene that is a fixer and will make someone a great deal or a great flip. Then close the estate. As I said before, if anyone asks you to be the executor (personal representative) in their will, think hard about it and then say no.

And on top of everything else, the person who never gets sick, ever, exhausted myself so much last week and this fall that I caught the flu, even with a flu shot. Luckily, it’s light and I have only asked Kris three or four times to just shoot me, since they shoot horses, don’t they? For some reason, she doesn’t want to spend the next fifty years writing from jail. Go figure, so I’m here typing in an up moment. Now to the basement theater to watch movies or television.


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36 Responses to Short Update

  1. Linda Jordan says:

    Glad to hear you’re getting some down time. I’m looking forward to reading those blogs! And seeing the new digs.

  2. I find bourbon or any other whiskey helps when I have the flu. :-)

    Take care and rest up, and both enjoy the festive season.

  3. Sorry to hear you’re not feeling well, Dean (and yet glad Kris hasn’t taken to extreme measures to ease your discomfort). Hoping you’re right as rain as soon as possible…and definitely well before Christmas.

    Happy holidays to you both…! Looking forward to seeing the new workshop digs when I’m back.

  4. Barb Hendee says:

    Oh, Dean, I’m so sorry about your eye. I must have missed something. Are you having trouble with a cataract?

    • dwsmith says:

      A day yesterday of doing nothing, back this morning to the computer with a tiny bit more energy, but not going to push.

      The eye is a swollen optic nerve caused by stress and pushing too hard on one long, ugly drive on night in the rain with a huge truck. Combine that with slightly high blood pressure and you get this. The theory is that it will pass about two or three months, if I get the blood pressure down and the stress down. Both are. Normal range, finally. So we shall see.

      Kris and I have been married today for 19 years. We’ve been together for 25 years this coming May. Not a person in my life before Kris thought either one of those numbers even a remote laughing matter. Our celebration today is Kris is going out to get Subway sandwiches for lunch. I’m not leaving the house. (grin)

  5. Cyn Bagley says:

    On my list of things to NOT do:

    Hope you are doing well. Good luck.

  6. Kevin Cullis says:

    If you even START to feel sick, try Emergen-C and take it twice a day, once in the morning before going to work and before going to bed. Works WONDERS.

  7. Bartholomew Thochmorton says:

    Wow, Deal…you really need some serious down time!
    Take a cup of your favorite hot tea. Add a shot of apple cider vinegar. Last, add a large tablespoon of honey.
    Sit, relax and watch a movie.
    Repeat as necessary!

  8. Todd says:

    Condolences on the flu.

    I’ve gotten a flu shot every November for the past 10-15 years, except that one year where they had shortages and were only giving them out to the highest risk groups.

    Guess which year I caught the flu?

    Just shoot me is about right. The image/feeling I retain from the week-long misery is sitting all day in a chair wrapped in a blanket, weak and racked with chills thinking, “Are you KIDDING me???”

    I’ll never miss a flu shot again…

    …and I’ll think twice, thrice, and fice (?) before taking on an executor’s responsibilities.

    Get well soon,


    P.S. Blurb of The Week – and also “The Week” (magazine):

    Right up until the last couple sentences.

    Oh, Darcie, Darcie, Darcie…

  9. DeAnna says:

    I hope you feel better soon :)

  10. Sam says:

    Thanks for the update, Dean. Good to hear from you and that things are looking up.

    Estate advice duly noted. (bg)

    Can’t wait to see what you post this year. Last year about this time, I read your goals and motivations posts from that year and the year before, and they got me to back to writing again, and publishing it for practice. I’ve learned a lot about the craft and business, and more importantly, writing is just plain FUN again, making stuff up and seeing where it takes me.

    Thanks again.

  11. Frank Dellen says:

    Hope your eye gets better. If not, I think you’re one of the few men who’d look quite good with an eye patch. You could write civil war zombie romance under the pen name of Col. Smith N Wesleyson then.

    Serieously: Get well soon.

  12. Jeff Ambrose says:

    Congrats to you and Kris!

  13. Happy anniversary to you both! I hope you feel better soon, both the eye and flu. I recommend oil of oregano. Helps work wonders!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and to all the commenters! :)

  14. Handsome, sick, beloved man, your math skills are impaired. 26 years this May. That will be exactly half my life. :-) The best half by far.

    • dwsmith says:

      Ack…husband faux pas (however that’s spelled). I have a fever. Is that an excuse? (grin) It has been a great 26 years.

  15. Annie Reed says:

    Happy Anniversary! And boo to the flu. I hope you kick its thorny little butt out the door soon.

  16. Todd says:

    Subway sandwiches???



  17. John Walters says:

    I love Subway sandwiches. Can’t get ‘em here in Greece so eat a lot of them on trips to the States.

  18. Congratulations, Dean and Kris! That’s awesome.

  19. Happy anniversary (and Subways are fine . . . I think I ate at both of them in town while I was there for attending a workshop.)

  20. Again sending you well wishing for a speedy recovery from the flu and such and a happy anniversary.

  21. Michele Lang says:

    Happy Anniversary! Sorry to hear that you got walloped with the flu. Hope that you feel all better soon and that you and Kris have wonderful holidays. The new place sounds great!

  22. Take care of that eye! I had an eye injury that took me out for 2 monthsthis year, and I am very sympathetic! I hope it gets well, as mine did, and you return to good health and good vision as per the prognosis.


  23. Congratulations to you both! I think a fever is definitely an excuse for a math faux pas (which is spelled correctly, mon ami).

  24. Sam says:

    Aww! Congratulations on 26 years together, Kris and Dean.

  25. Dean and Kris,

    Congrats! Wow that’s a really short time. ;P

    Of course, come May I’ll have been married for all of 5 years, so you can imagine how much of an eye-blink it’s been for us. :). Here’s to 26 more wonderful years for your two!

    Congrats again!

  26. E. R. Paskey says:

    Dean, as much as I and a host of other people enjoy reading your insights into life, the universe, and everything, please don’t strain your eye! That makes me cringe just thinking about it. I’ve added you to my prayers; hope you feel better soon.

    I was wondering just the other day about how hard/easy it would be to write a novel behind bars–I’m glad Kris won’t be finding out. :) Speaking of which, happy anniversary!

    Hope y’all have a great (and hopefully somewhat restful) Christmas. Thank you so much for all of the information you put out there for other writers.

  27. Mary Jo Rabe says:

    Happy Anniversary, get well soon, and I hope there is some improvement in your optic nerve soon. Take especially good care of yourself!

  28. Dave Raines says:

    Happy anniversary! And Dean, you got the _date_ right (I assume), so that’s 50%. You could play pro baseball or basketball with that percentage.

  29. Frank Hood says:


    Congrats to you and Kris! On the eye front I recommend finding an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist with the Optomap machine. Digital pictures are better than sketches and memory for comparisons. Take care and get well.

    • dwsmith says:

      Thanks, Frank. Yup, have done that and seen wonderful color pictures of the insides of both my eyes. Optic nerve very round and nice in one, expanded and not so nice in the other one. Going back in on January 4th to take a new picture to see if things have changed or are starting to get better. I got to the best doctors when it comes to eyes. And then also talked with my regular doc about it as well as a sort of second opinion.

  30. Moira Munro says:

    Dean, your opinionated and informative posts have been such a big thing for me since I discovered them this summer, giving me a new sense of direction and fun. As I read about your troubles, I am conscious — again — of how extremely grateful I am to you. I wish you all the very best, and take care of yourself.

  31. Lisa Owen says:

    “… if anyone asks you to be the executor, think hard about it and then say no.”

    Word. (And hope you have a choice.)

    Glad there’s a light at the end. Take care of yourself.

  32. Blind in one eye?!! Oh dear, Dean, I hope this is only a temporary medical issue. Wishing the best case scenario for you on this, a most troubling development.

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