The creative writing, observations, experiences, and opinions, on life, and the world around him, by Kiril Kundurazieff; taking one step at a time on the Journey of Discovery, and Enlightenment, that every individual must take from the cradle to the grave.
Friends, fellow writers, countrymen, women and critters...
I would like to begin by reminding you of a series written about me a year ago, when my friend Amanda Socci, the Creative Idea Gal and I had only known each other a few months.
As I wrote at the time: "While
parts 1 and 2 of her series on me were in the form of an interview of
me, the 3rd and 4th parts comprised her personal opinions on my writing
voices and suggestions for the future.
finished work is something I've never seen done by other online writers,
in relation to my decade as a blogger, and is a humbling, thought
provoking experience for me to digest (I've had a few friends share
their thoughts, and encouragements, in comments and e-mails over the
years and those people have played important roles in my growth as a
My Creative Voices and What One Writer Thinks of Them - In 4 Parts
This is a test of the Emergency Mad Houstonian Preparedness System (EMHPS)!
Repeat: This is a test.
There is discussion among many about just WHO he is and what he hoped to accomplish by fleeing California for the great state of Texas. There is doubt among some that he can make this change of scenery, circumstance and search for a creative future work, especially over the next 3 months, as his funds run low and he still has no job.
Things are so boring, in some bars, that the discussion often revolves around the following: Whose situation is more desperate? That of the woeful, last place, Astros baseball team, or that of the Mad Houstonian?
A couple of months ago, when I attended the Blog Paws Pet Bloggers and Social Media Conference, there was one night where I had a very long chat (a pep talk, really) with a pair of people who encouraged me to do something when I returned home.
I submitted an application for membership to the Cat Writers' Association.
This morning I received an answer in the mail.
I have been accepted.
thrilled and deeply honored to be accepted, and look forward to seeing
how being a member can help me on my creative journey.
I am especially grateful to author Amy Shojai, founder and former president of the Cat Writers' Association, for her sponsorship (her blog).
I have more thoughts about this and the organization on my cat blog, Opinionated Pussycat:
...Well, except for the allergic reactions to the "contrast" used in the 3 CT Scans I just had.
It has been almost 3 months since my Brachy Therapy surgeries for the Uveal Melanoma in my right eye.
On Saturday I had CT Scans done on my pancreas and my abdomen. When I got home and took my shoes off I saw my left foot had turned dark red, from the foot to halfway up my ankle. The Right leg was not as much affected.
The discoloring had lessoned considerably by the time of my next CT Scan, on my chest, on Tuesday. I told the technicians of the issue and when they saw my legs they said I had an allergic reaction, they gave me something in me, by IV, to help prevent a reaction and I had the 2nd scan.
I went home and went to bed, but after midnight I awoke with this terrible itch all over my body, and I spent the next few hours scratching as feverishly as one might do to a lottery scratcher ticket.
When I got up at 5am, in prep for yesterday’s doctor appointments, I took a war shower, after the shower I no longer felt the urge to scratch, but I went to my appointments with some sort of watery blisters all over my arms above the wrist and at the elbows, as well as on both heels.
When the docs saw this the consensus was, "Well it appears we will have to do an MRI or something else to check you next time, won't we?"
Well, duh, hee, hee!
They gave me medications to take for a couple of days and told me to stay home and relax a few days to see what happens. So far the meds are working and the issue is clearing up, though the blisters, including the big ones on my heels, have all popped and the skin peeled.
The good news about the tests is all positive. They found nothing cancerous, but there were a couple of tiny nodules in the chest that were nothing to worry about, and will check me again in several months. My eye surgeon found my right eye was doing fine except for a little build-up of pressure for which he gave me a new drop for a month, and gave me instructions for gradually reducing the other one. I will see him again in a month.
A lot has been going on around here lately, most of it over at The Opinionated Pussycat
My health is doing fine, follow-up eye checks have made the docs happy and while there are 2 laser treatments to come, I am now in the care of a doc at MD Anderson Melanoma & Skin Center for tests and observation for the next 5 years.
Creatively a lot is going on with my cat blogging.
As Nikita, I am in the midst of participating in “A Short Story a Day in May” with 31 straight 100 word cat stories.
April 15, 2013: A day that will live in infamy, for Boston, and America, began on a wonderful, exciting, note and while my friend and I were later as riveted and horrified by the images we saw when we got home, that evening, as the rest of America, I want to share images that, I hope, will bring a smile to your face.
I started out from my home, early that morning, taking a bus downtown, then another to a transit center near a freeway and the road that runs next to it.
It was down that lonely road that I road my bike 5 miles to old town Spring, to treat a fellow cat blogger, and longtime friend, to lunch.
I wanted to do something besides sit around the house 3 days before the first of my eye cancer surgeries and so called her up the week before to invite her out for our historic meeting.
Marilynn Smith and I have known each other for several years but, until I moved here to Houston, had never met in person.
We rectified that when I treated her to lunch in her hometown
There is a statue of a girl in front of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, here in Houston. Her hand is out-stretched and there is a hummingbird resting on her finger (Photo taken the day before the first of my two eye cancer surgeries, 4/17/13)
The poem which is inscribed on it is by Victor Hugo:
Be like the bird, who Halting in his flight On limb too slight Feels it give way beneath him Yet sings Knowing he has wings."
The surgeries are complete and I’ve been home since the evening of the 24th
I wish to thank all those who have stopped by all 3 of my blogs to read and comment on scheduled posts, posted on my FB, and emailed while I was gone.
I toast you, and thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Your support and encouragement means everything to me.
In the short-term my vision is improving, I am taking 2 types of eye drops, several times a day, and have a pair of follow-up appointments before I head off to the Blog Paws Pet Blogging and Social Media Convention in Tysons Corner, Va., in May (16th-18th).
Going forward there are also questions related to income, housing and career hopes and plans that I will be exploring and answering but, for now, I am going to those appointments and to Blog Paws.
I am, as the above photo gives a hint, also not staying holed up in the apartment and am returning to blogging; I have a cycling story to share, from before my first surgery, plus a visit to historic old town Spring that occurred the day of the tragic Boston Marathon massacre.
I will be reading 3 short books, on social media for writers, that I’ve had on my shelves for a while, next month, as part of my Blog Paws adventure prep.
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