Hello everyone! I’m still alive, lols

I’m missing you! 💖Author pic of Harmony Kent

Hi everyone. I’ve been absent for a lot longer and more completely than I’d anticipated. I’m so sorry. And it’s about time I let you all know I’m still alive and almost kicking 😉

Learning Curve:

In my absence I’ve learnt a few things about how to manage my days whilst allowing for unexpected relapses. Oh and the hospital visits and eye surgeries, etc. Some days I’m not in so much pain and have some energy. It’s still limited and I can do only so much. Other days, it’s all I can do to climb out of bed and–hopefully–grab a cup of coffee.

So, while I’d love to outline my plans, I can’t commit to a schedule as I never know what will happen daily. Anyhooo … here’s an attempt to offer you some sort of an idea.

Plans:

I haven’t written a word for months and desperately need to change that, but at a pace I can manage. For that to happen I need to stay offline whilst I work. Once I’ve completed any projects, I’ll stop for a while so I can  visit your blogs and say hello. Then, when (and if) I start another project, I’ll have to disappear again until that’s done. When I say ‘projects’ that includes any editing/proofreading/formatting work I receive as well as writing.

For a looong time now I’ve taken work only from authors I’ve worked with previously, who know my struggles. Also that my work hours are cut severely from what they used to be. That said, I always give 100% and keep my folks up to date. Happily, I can say I still have happy customers 🥳

Homonyms with Harmony Update:

Now I can, I’ll  continue here with the Homonyms with Harmony series of posts I began on Story Empire. On Story Empire, in December, I got up to ‘G’ words, so my next post here on homonyms will be the ‘H’ words. I so hope you’ll be eager to see those resume, if somewhat slowly and not on a regular schedule. But, who knows? Miracles do happen, lols. I’ve included the link to post ten above as this contains links to all prior nine posts if you haven’t seen those yet.

Along with the posts here, I will work on getting the Homonym book together and ready to publish. Once that’s out there, I’ll have three writing books out. Somewhere in the distant future, I may put them into a boxset. Right now, though, I’m going to link the two already out into one series and add the Homonyms book to that to make them all easier to find. Once the series is up and linked, I’ll let you all know. The two books out are Polish Your Prose: Essential Editing Tips for Authors and Creative Solutions for the Modern Writer: Inspirational Tools to fire your imagination.

Along with the planned Homonym book, I’ll then have a trilogy of non-fiction and writing help available.

Harmony House of Horror planned series:

Book cover for Origins, book one in the Harmony House of Horror series
Origins: Harmony House of Horror book one

After I’ve finished all that, I shall use my time to be online for a while until I’m ready to recommence my Harmony House of Horror series. To the left is the planned cover for book one in the series: Origins. I’d made a good start before everything changed again, but I promise it will make it out of my head and onto the page.

It may be that I can manage one day a week online, even when working, but I’ll have to see how things pan out. For certain, though, this break has done me the world of good and helped me to best plan how to allocate my limited time.

 

Other news:

Hubby and I are both a tad down in the dumps, and having wind, rain, mist, and single-digit temperatures from about September last year (well, most of last summer too), isn’t helping. We’re now in official British Summertime, and it feels more like Autumn. If the forecasters have it correct for a change, we may experience a strange bright and warm orb in the sky next week. The darn 🌞 isn’t up for letting us know how long it plans to stay, though.

A Nice Surprise:

Netgalley reached out to me after a little over a year and helped get me up and running again after deleting my whole profile and books read … everything! In the upcoming days I’ll have an audiobook review for you, and a warning to avoid a certain upcoming ebook, so please watch out for that post. As I need to focus on my massive TBR and your books, I won’t be doing as many NetGalley reviews as I used to.

I plan to come and see as many of you as possible after my eye surgery on Tuesday next week. I may manage on Monday, but those tend to be difficult days for me. So it’s a wait and ‘see’ (couldn’t resist the pun)! 🤣

Moving House:

illustration of house moving with man carrying box and with a van in front of yellow and green houses
Moving House. Image courtesy of Pixabay.

Also, my cleaner had to quit due to health issues of her own. With all of that, and my worsened health, we’re struggling to cope with the building we live in, let alone the large garden! So, on top of all else, we’re now in the process of locating a smaller place and selling ours.

We also need to future proof and move to somewhere with necessary amenities. Where we are is all fields, which I love, but practicality now outweighs nice views! As you all know, the whole selling/buying/moving thing is messy and stressy. On that front, I’ll do my best to keep you informed. For certain, even when I’m in an offline phase, I need to touch base with you more often than I have done. So here’s 🤞to it all.

Shutting up now!

Anyway, I’ve blabbed on for long enough, so I’ll shut up for now and let you get on with your day. It’s taken me over two hours to write this post, and I’m exhausted, which gives you an idea of what I’m up against. At least you can read it a lot more quickly! Teehehee.

Please know, I hold you all in my heart and thoughts and hope you’re doing okay. I’d love to hear from you in the comments if you have the time, and I promise to reciprocate as soon as I can.

Love and hugs, Harmony 💕🤗😊

45 Comments on “Hello everyone! I’m still alive, lols

  1. HI Harmony, It is lovely to see a catch-up post from you. I’ve been wondering how you are. You certainly do have a lot on your plate. It will be nice to see a post from you now and then when you can manage it.

    • Thanks so much, Robbie! My second eye surgery recovery is much easier than my right eye still is after six weeks, so at least that’s gone right 🙂. I’m looking forward to visiting you all too. 💕🙂

  2. So lovely to see you, Harmony. My goodness… you’re carrying sooooooo much, but finding your way through. Sending love, light, and healing hugs to you. xo

    • Thanks bunches, Natalie, and you love, light, and hugs are gratefully welcomed! Hugs and love 🤗💕🙂

  3. Hi Harmony. Thanks for popping back and updating us. You surely have enough on your plate. Seems like Mercury retrograde has got you busy. I surely hope your eye operation goes well, and understand your need to back away for awhile. But it’s always nice to see you pop up and update us. Looking forward to your upcoming posts. Hugs <3 xx

    • Thanks so much, Debby. The eye surgery went well, and the left eye feels better than the right, which I had done six weeks ago, lol. I agree totally regarding the Mercury Retrograde, ugh.
      I have a review post scheduled for Monday but mostly, I’m aiming to get around to a bit of blog visiting when I can.
      Hugs 🤗💕🙂

  4. I was excited to see your post pop up, Harmony, and eager to know how you’re doing. This was a great update with all sorts of news. As always, you need to pace yourself (we all do) and avoid the stress of taking on too much. You have some great plans and I was particularly intrigued by the cover of your book “Origins.” Oooh. Good luck with moving plans – that’s a big undertaking. Wishing you all the best. <3

    • Thanks so much, Diana! Yep, definitely a step at a time with so much to juggle. It’s lovely to see you. Hugs 🤗💕🙂

  5. I missed you, Harmony, but am glad that your operation is over and seemingly going well. Good luck for Tuesday.
    Although a wrench, you are doing the right thing in moving to a smaller place. When we moved from our Edwardian house that we loved, it was because of its age and consequently the upkeep of the place. Constant jobs.
    We looked for a place with a pharmacy, butcher, doctor, dentist and supermarket in easy reach. We were lucky to find a nice modern house near the south coast, not far from Eastbourne, and about equidistant from both our children and grandchildren.
    So make sure you have all the necessities nearby, and family and friends, too.
    So make sure you have the necessary

    • I’m so happy you found what you needed, Vivienne, and thank you for your encouragement. I e missed you too and hope to be back soon, even if only once a week. But it’ll have to wait 2-3 weeks post surgery and maybe more. You’re all giving me the motivation to get back on the wagon, as it were! 💕🙂

  6. I’ve missed you so much, Harmony. xoxo It’s so nice to get this update, and I wish you the very best. We’re not going anywhere, so take all the time you need. xo

    • Thanks so much, Kymber. I’ve missed you too. It can feel lonely not chatting with you all. I hope you’re doing okay and I appreciate your words immensely 🤗💕🙂

  7. I didn’t hear a lot of “rest” in there. 😉 It’s so good to hear from you. You are missed, but I’m happy you are putting your needs first. Transitions suck, as you know very well, but I have no doubt it will be worth it when you are in a place that brings you simplicity and peace. Wishing you all the best, Harmony! Until we hear from you again, take care! We’ll be here when you are ready. XOXO

    Yvette M Calleiro 🙂
    http://yvettemcalleiro.blogspot.com

    • Yep, a lot going on but at least post-surgery means enforced rest, lol. I’m doing my best to rest amidst all the demands 😉 Thanks so much, Yvi, for your support 💕🙂

  8. It’s good to hear from you Harmony. Thank you for the update. I wish you nothing but the best going forward and will hold a good thought for you. It sounds like you have a host of stressful times ahead. I hope they all go smoothly. I look forward to the H words.

    • Thanks so much, Dan. That means a lot. Yes, we’re doing our best to make the move as stress free as possible. I suspect the possible influx of viewings will be trying. With luck it will sell quickly and the prospective bungalow will also work out. I’m looking forward to getting to the ‘H’ words too 💕🙂

  9. It’s nice to hear from you, Harmony! I’m wishing you all the best with the upcoming eye surgery and anticipated future move. Sending you positive vibes and uplifting prayers. It’s great to see you pop online, if only for a short while!

    • Thanks so much, Mae! Your prayers and uplifting vibes are so appreciated. I think of you often and hope all is well. Hugs 🤗💕🙂

  10. Hearing from you has brightened my whole morning, Harmony! I’m sorry you have to deal with the hospital visits and eye surgeries, but glad to know you are facing these issues head on and continuing with some of the things you love to do. I’m looking forward to Homonyms with Harmony, and glad you are planning to move forward with Harmony House of Horror, too.

    Good luck with finding a smaller, more convenient home and selling the one you are currently in. I hope you locate what you’re looking for quickly, and you have a smooth transition ahead.

    Again, it was great to hear from you, my friend. You have been missed, for sure! Sending you much love and healing energy! 🤗❤️🤗

    • Thanks so much, Jacqui! It helps immensely to know you’re all still around, and it’s lovely to have some contact after all this time. Hugs 🤗💕🙂

  11. So lovely to hear that you are still alive, Harmony.😁. I think your plans look practical and, as such, have a great possibility of being accomplished. Given your challenges, I don’t know anyone who could do all you have done. Your possible box set of writer’s aids will be well received, I’m sure. It’s sad that you must move, but as you say, you must keep things in the controllable category. A house that is too big is not controllable. Best wishes for your surgery on Tuesday. ❤️

    • Your words help so much, John. Thank you. Yes, trying to manage everything where we are and being so remote is adding to the stress and we need to change that.

      It looks as though we’ve found a small bungalow which will need minimal adjustments for wheelchair stuff, and we plan to put in an offer on Monday. Now all we need is to sell our house! 🤞🤞🤞

      Thinking of you and yours too. Hugs 🤗💕🙂

  12. Harmony, it’s so good to hear from you. I apologize for not reaching out, but as you know are facing my own health struggles, so like you, I’m offline more these days. Yep, I can relate to not planning. Take one day at a time.

    And writing? What’s that? I’ll get around to it someday. 🙂

    • Don’t you dare apologise, Joan! You have so much to contend with right now. I’m keeping you in my heart and thoughts. It’s lovely to see you here, and I understand fully. We do what we need to do.

      Hugs and love 🤗💕🙂

  13. THAT’S A LOT FOR ANYONE TO CARRY. HANG IN THERE…YOU CAN WIN. THINKING OF YOU.

    • Oh, Fran, thank you so much for your kind words and support! Much appreciated 💕🙂

  14. So glad to see this update. We’ve missed you and it all sounds very stressful. Take care of yourself and check in when you can.

    • Thanks so much, Craig. I’ve missed all of you too. I’ll be sure to check in when I can 💕🙂

  15. So happy you checked in but sorry for all the troubles. Wishing you all the best and keeping you in my prayers. Sending hugs and love.

    • Thanks so much, Staci. Keeping you in my thoughts too. Hugs and love 🤗💕🙂

  16. So good to hear from you, Harmony! You’ve got soooo much going on right now, and I know it must feel overwhelming at times. Hope the surgery goes well next week – sending positive vibes your way.

    • Yep, I have to do my best to only think about the immediate essentials, lol. Thanks so much, Teri. It’s wonderful to hear from you, and positive vibes gratefully received! 💕🙂

  17. Surrounding you in golden light and loads of love! Envisioning the BEST of all outcomes AND knowing that peace is filling your lives more and more!

    • Oh, Rochelle, I appreciate you so much. Thank you. Lots of love and light to you too 💕🙂

    • Thanks so much, Sarah. I hope you and yours are doing okay. Hugs 🤗💕🙂

  18. Hugs and love, Harmony. Don’t worry at all about being offline – you have enough to cope with at the moment and your health and wellbeing are the most important things. Toni x

  19. Oh gosh, it’s wonderful to hear from you, Harmony. That said, I’m so sorry for the health hurdles and the upcoming move. They are definitely House of Horrors material! Having moved many times, I can tell you that it’s a demanding/exhausting process, so please take care of yourself. Blessings on all fronts! 🤗

    • Oh I love your play with House of Horrors! Thanks so much, Gwen! Wonderful to see you, hugs and love 💕🙂

  20. Thanks for the update, Harmony. Yes, selling and moving and buying is messy and stressy. Good luck with all of that and especially with your upcoming eye surgery!