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Guest Blogger: Michelle Moore (Contest)
Friday, November 16th, 2012

The highs make you giddy, but the lows’ll bury you

I’m Michelle Moore, half of the writing team responsible for the Ylendrian Empire scifi series, and Delilah has been kind enough to let me invade her blog with a guest post today.

The past few weeks have been interesting, to say the least.  Right before Halloween, my other (and most would say better) half, Reesa Herberth, was hospitalized with pulmonary embolisms.  Actually, do you use the plural term embolisms if there are multiple blood clots in both lungs or is it always just a pulmonary embolism singular?  Funny, never thought to ask the doctor about correct terminology.  Anyway, can I say how terrifying it is to hear that someone you love was within a day of dying if she hadn’t gone to the ER?  Pretty damn scary.  You know, just in case you were wondering.

The day Reesa got out of the hospital we got the news that we’d sold our newest novel to Riptide Publishing.   We sweated blood and tears over Peripheral People, mainly because it was a real stretch for us, a mystery with a psychic serial killer (in SPACE!).  Never having written a mystery before, we had a trial-by-fire learning experience, and while we both had the utmost faith in the story, we were still worried about finding it the right home.  So talk about euphoria when Rachel Haimowitz at Riptide contacted us.

I don’t think I’m mentally equipped for extreme ups and downs.  I have a tic in my left eye, I’ve chewed my cuticles to the quick, and if I were given the opportunity to get in bed with Delilah, I’m afraid it would only be so I could pull the covers up over my head and hide!

Anyone else been on an out of control see-saw?  Comment with your gory details for a chance to win an e-book copy of The Balance of Silence or The Slipstream Con.


10 comments to “Guest Blogger: Michelle Moore (Contest)”

  1. Anne
    · November 16th, 2012 at 11:38 am · Link

    I’ve had ups and downs my I tend to take them in stride. 2001 was probably the worst, I started out the year with my apt. building being destroyed by fire (but they had time to save most of the pets including my three cats), then what happened in Sept., then I lost my travel related job. But, I had renters insurance (ALWAYS find the money for insurance!!!!) and found a job relatively quickly.

    My sister’s boyfriend was hospitalized for the same reason as Reesa last month. He asked for medication and left instead of following the doctor’s orders to be admitted. My sister verbally slapped him upside the head and drove him back. He has the common sense of a turnip.

  2. Michele H
    · November 16th, 2012 at 1:18 pm · Link

    Glad to hear Reesa is out of the hospital. Scary stuff! Yeah, the last year has been up & down here: I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes last fall but I have already been taken off the meds and control it with diet/exercise; my beautiful 12 yr old beagle Mandy fought cancer twice, once last Christmas and then this summer, when we had to have her put down unfortunately. I can’t have kids so she was like my child… So my husband and I have been comforting each other and are blessed to still be crazy in love after 22 years together.

  3. ELF
    · November 16th, 2012 at 3:11 pm · Link

    I hope you both are continuing to recover well and congrats on the news about the story. I think that you can use either emboli or embolisms as the plural. Thank you for sharing and here’s hoping that there will be many more highs than lows!

  4. laura
    · November 16th, 2012 at 6:24 pm · Link

    I have had lots of ups and downs,but I guess God only gives you what you can handle.

  5. Joder
    · November 16th, 2012 at 7:22 pm · Link

    Yes, my family and me seem to have non-stop ups and downs. People have described the events of our lives as a Shakespearean play with unending drama. It feels quite accurate.

  6. Janice Seagraves
    · November 17th, 2012 at 2:54 pm · Link

    I hope Ressa is doing better now. That would scare me too. 🙁


  7. kittyb78
    · November 17th, 2012 at 3:32 pm · Link

    Wonderful, inspiring post. Thank you ladies very much. 🙂

  8. Patricia
    · November 17th, 2012 at 9:10 pm · Link

    Had several years, one where two older brothers and my hubby’s best friend during a month and a half period, then 2011, step father, mother-in-law (funeral was 9/11), sister-in-law, friends 2 cousins all died in a 2 month perioed, followed by my father-in-law having 2 heart attacks in a two week period. After that, life can’t through too many more curveballs.

    thanks for the chance to win.

    panthers.ravens@yahoo dot com

  9. Z
    · November 25th, 2012 at 9:14 pm · Link

    I have been MIA for about 2 weeks now. I was in your shoes kinda. I was admitted to the hospital on the 10th and given 2 units of blood, I needed about 4 but got 2. I had been slowly bleeding to death and didn’t know it and if I hadn’t called in and taken a Sat. apt with another doctor instead of the Tues one with my normal doctor I probably wouldn’t have made it to the Tues. one. I had had my monthly cycle but very heavy with clots for 3 weeks….I thought it was the beginning of menopause…until I thought I was going to have a heart attack after walking for 5 min. I have been real good about recovery time, didn’t want to leave the 7 kids and 1 grand daughter to my dh, they wouldn’t survive him.

  10. Michelle Moore
    · November 30th, 2012 at 8:02 pm · Link

    Our random generator has come up with a winner! Z, it paid to be late to the party. 🙂

    Email me at to choose your book!

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