My Award Winning Short Story

I hope you enjoy! Copyright 2020

The Butterfly Effect by Kristy Kamin

14.4521° S, 132.2715° E (Katherine, Australia)

The tears are leaving her flushed face to land on the broken wing of the fragile bird. If only she had swerved. But no, her father had always told her it was better to keep driving, ‘Your life first, dear.’ He would always say.

She should not have listened.

And now, the result of her selfishness. This beautiful creature, with its pastel greens, intense purples, and creamy yellows, on such a small body. This bird, which fit neatly into her trembling hand. She apologised to the dying bird over and over, her heartbreaking for this life she had never known before. And as the light went out of the little black eyes; she knew she would never know this life again.

14.4521° S, 132.2715° E (4000 km off the coast of West side of Mexico)

He tugs again at the line, swearing under his breath. The friggin backstay was caught up again. Blasted old shit of a boat. He itches at the mosquito bite on his arm. Why the hell was he doing this again? That’s right, his father wanted to ‘sail the world’ before he died. Well, it would have helped if he had a decent bloody boat. He would have to climb again. And he hated climbing. Hated friggin heights to be exact. Yet, here he was, mounted into the bosun chair waiting for his old dad to winch him up. He feels the first tug, and wraps his legs around the mast, grabbing hold of the lines either side. Tug, pull, tug, pull. The poopdeck looking farther and farther away. The first familiar feeling of sickness coming over him as the waves splash against the boat’s deck.

Tug, pull, tug, pull. He feels himself drop a little. His body stops, but his stomach keeps going.

‘What the frig dad!’ He yells down at his father, no bigger than a beetle on a yellowing piece of wood.

‘Wasn’t anything I did son.’ His dad replies calmly. Always calm, he is always calm.

He reaches the top just as the boat is hit by another wave – a larger one this time. He feels a little drop again, a strange feeling. He ignores it, letting go with one hand as he reaches with the other to unhook the line that has somehow managed to tangle. He tries to untangle it, but it will need two hands. He hates letting go, suspended up in the air, with only the bosun chair and the rope it’s attached too, the only things stopping him from falling to his death.

He slowly removes his other hand and starts to loosen the knot. He has just finished when a Laysan Albatross swoops toward him, a high-pitched shriek coming from its mouth like a young girl screaming. He grabs tight to the lines either side of him, ducking his head, just as another massive wave rocks the boat and the pressure on his bottom gives way.

‘Son!’ His father shouts the warning.

The bosun chair has broken, and the only thing stopping him from being a bag of broken bones on the deck is the two lines he hangs on to for dear life.

It feels like years before the wooden floor is beneath his feet again.

‘Friggin bird!’ He says through chattering teeth.

His father wraps his arms around him, his tears wet his shoulder, ‘That friggin bird just saved your life son.’

 53.8655° N, 10.6866° E (Lubeck, Germany)

‘Mama, Mama!’ The little boy was insistent. He was always insistent. Why couldn’t he hurry up and get past this nagging stage? His mother harrumph’s, continuing to ignore him as she sips on her coffee at the quaint café.

‘Mama, Mama!’

She had bought him a vanilla milkshake, which was still sitting on the table opposite her, untouched. This single mother thing was a drag. Her two older kids had already grown up and moved to the other side of the world, leaving her here alone, their father killed in a car accident a few years ago. That was when she started living again. Really living. She started going to bars, dancing and meeting new people. She was no longer “so and so’s mum” or “so and so’s wife”, she was finally her own person.

‘Mama, Mama!’

She smiled as she remembered the night he had sauntered up to her. Sauntered was one of those mushy words from a romance novel that she had always hated. But that was what he did – he sauntered. He bought her a drink, and the rest was history. One incredible night and she never heard from him again. And now the product was squatting near the flower bed lining the café, repeating ‘Mama, Mama’ over and over.

She rolls her eyes and finally gives in.

She leaves the uncomfortable stool and bends down toward her three-year-old son. He has found a dandelion puff, a weed that somehow made it to the garden. She pulls it out, handing it to her son. He beams at her, standing, bouncing with delight in his little green shoes.

She nods to him, unable to stop herself from smiling. He may be annoying, but he sure brightened up her day at times.

He blows on the puff, his cheeks rounded, filled with air, flecks of spit spray the flower’s seeds, and they float away in the breeze. 

53.8655° S, 10.6866° W (4000 km East of Argentina)

He takes another puff on his cigarette before rubbing at his eyes. Another early morning, another huge haul to bring up. He thinks of his partner, with his smile and the crinkles in the corner of his left eye.

‘Come back to me’ He had murmured, half asleep.

‘I always do.’ He had replied as he shoved his fishing gear into his overnight bag. The pay was good, and the days off even better. The actual job though sucked. But after this trip, they would be debt-free, and then he could get a normal job. A regular boring desk job where he could be out of the weather, and come home every night to the love of his life.

Yes, normal will be good. He smiled – well, almost smiled. It was too cold to bother a full one.

‘Arse into gear guys – and girls.’ Boss calls out, almost forgetting there were ladies on the ship this time around. The other men had been a little dubious having women on board. But they worked just as hard, if not harder, than the guys. And as soon as Boss called out, the ladies were first at their spots, grabbing at the hooks and starting the machines.

The seagulls floating on the water, hoping for a free feed, fly off as the engines start their screeching noise.

Same as every other time; bring in the haul, put them on ice, service the boat.

The life of a South Atlantic Commercial Fisherman.

Then it came without warning. And at the worst possible time.

He had never told Boss about his seizures. He didn’t think they would allow him on the boat. And besides, he hadn’t had one in years. Which is why he had stopped taking his meds a few weeks ago. He figured he had outgrown them. But no. At first, he stiffened, then the dancing began. That’s what his father had always called it anyway. His dickhead father. It’s the only thing he remembered about him. Sitting in the old beat up lounge chair, beer in hand, cigarette bouncing up and down in his mouth as he laughed, saying, ‘Look at the dancing bear!’

Bastard.

The water was like ice when it hit him. But by then, he was completely unaware as the seizure had hold of his brain.

He didn’t hear the others shouting out for him. He didn’t notice the splashes as people dove into the water.

He didn’t feel the fish nudging past him as the school swam past.

When he came too, it was too late.

He breathed in the last lungful of water.

Bubbles in the water floating past his eyes, looking like the seeds blown from a dandelion puff.

Apparently patience is a virtue???

So, we have an awesome IT guy checking out the computer. Looking like a problem with the motherboard. Hoping really hard that the Somnium1 advert isn’t lost 😬 Please send miracle thoughts/ prayers etc our way.

In the meantime, I’m onto edit number 127 😆😉 of Somnium2. Getting very tiresome, but I don’t want to disappoint my fans.

In regards to my personal life. The latest chemo is causing some pretty intensive side effects, and I’m going in for exploratory surgery next week to hopefully find out why I’m reacting so severely. It’s my family, and my writing, which really keep me going ❤️

MIA

Sorry I’ve been MIA.
Between the Covid situation (having to homeschool my two younger children) and my cancer taking a turn for the worse (due to lack of finances to continue the protocol I was on), I only just recently returned to writing again.

I must say that writing is what brings me the most joy in life (aside from my family of course).

I’m onto my third edit of Somnium2 and likely have another few edits to do 😆 I find it very difficult to be happy if my writing isn’t perfect.

Now that Covid restrictions here have lifted, my Somnium1 advert producer can get an IT person to hopefully retrieve the lost data so we can finally share the advert on Social Media.

I will try to keep my fans updated xx

Feb 27/2020 Update

I hadn’t realised just how much time and effort has to go into making a short advert! We have completed all the filming (thanks to my teenage son, my daughters, and their friends and cousins). My teenage son is going through the long editing process, and I’m just waiting impatiently – LOL! At this stage, we are planning on it being ready by halfway through March at the latest, but as far as computers go, you never know what’s around the corner. I have finally completed my revision of Somnium 1, and just waiting for the publishing company to be finished on their end. I’m currently working on a new novel which I’m very excited about, but I have started my editing of Somnium2 as well – which I’m very much hoping will be finished and published this year. It will be the second and final installment of my Somnium series, and just a warning – you may need a box of tissues sitting next to you when you read it.

Here’s hoping my next blog post is the announcement of the advert and the published second edition of Somnium1!

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Short Story 21/12/2019

A short story I wrote a couple years ago. Language and horror warning.

NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT REPRODUCE THIS STORY WITHOUT ACKNOWLEDGING ME AS AUTHOR. TO DO SO WOULD BE BOTH ILLEGAL AND IMMORAL. THANK YOU. Kristy Kamin

 

Bloody Mary

 

She wanders along the pavement, kicking small stones along the way. Going over this morning’s events, she can’t stop a tear from escaping. Rubbing it away harshly, disappointed in her body for betraying her this way, she tries to push her chin up, but her head feels so heavy. What does it matter anyway? It’s not like anyone is watching her.

But someone is – watching her. Rubbing at the saliva that dangerously dangles at the southernmost point of his chin, not caring about the purple tinge to the wetness transferred to his wrist. All he cares about is watching her. The girl with the amber coloured hair, vacantly kicking at stones on the sidewalk. He sees the tear that escapes her eye and wonders what has made her cry.

She comes to an alleyway and hesitates a moment before shrugging to herself. She’s always had an aversion to alleys – I mean, they are the places where bad things happen in movies, right? But how could her day get any worse? She has managed to survive this far. The alleyway it is then.

He sees her disappear into the dark space; he knows he shouldn’t, but by the time he decides not to follow her, his feet are already halfway there. He doesn’t see the empty can, but he feels it against the toe that pokes out of his worn right shoe, as it connects and then makes a hollow clang against the wall of the towering building.

She involuntarily freezes in place. Should she turn? The safety people always say to turn. If you face the person, they are less likely to attack. But if she turns, that’s precious seconds she could have used to run. Fuck it. She runs.

She is running now, but he doesn’t want to lose her. He needs to get closer, to touch her. Even if only once. He picks up his pace, ignoring the pain of his loose toes as they hit the pavement. The smell of the alleyway is overpowering, a mixture of urine and vomit. A cat hisses at him, and he almost stops but reminds himself the girl is much more useful to him.

She not only hears but feels the footsteps coming closer; she takes a sharp left turn between two skip bins which overflow with years’ worth of rubbish. She almost trips over a discarded food tray, and in dodging it, she lands in a pool of purple vomit. Her left foot slides and her body follows. She lands with a thump against the wall, and blacks out.

He stops when her eyes close. He stands over her, waiting.

In the blackness, she dreams of friendships which are no more. She hears the teasing of the other kids in her class, ‘Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary…’  as she looks at the blood slowly dripping down the inside of her leg and onto her left shoe.

In her sleep, he hears her cry out, ‘But I’m not one of them! I’m not!’ Her whole body shudders as the tears come from behind her closed lids to pour down her cheeks. He wants to touch her then, but he can’t. He is still scared, unsure.

Before she opens her eyes, she senses him, like the heat from a fire standing close to her. She opens her eyes and presses herself against the brick wall behind her. She can feel the bumps scraping into her skin where the back of her t-shirt doesn’t quite meet her pants.

‘I’m infected!’ She screams. He looks closer; clear pale skin, the smell of sweat and body odour, the smell of human. Yes, she is infected. But isn’t that what he wants? To be infected too. Wouldn’t he rather be a human than this poor excuse for an alien?

‘Why?’ He screams. If they weren’t here, then he wouldn’t have these conflicting emotions.

‘I’m sorry.’ She is sobbing now. ‘It wasn’t my fault. My parents brought me here. I would …’

She hesitates, looks him over cautiously.

‘I would rather be on Earth.’

He nods.

He holds out his hand. She looks at it warily.

‘We can swap.’ He says.

Her eyes light up. If that’s true – then she could go back to school. She could prove them all wrong. She could prove that she isn’t infected – not human. That she is in fact, one of them.

‘Is that – is that even possible?’ He watches her lips quiver as she says it. Does he want it this bad? Bad enough to convince this girl to give it to him?

‘Sure, it is.’ He says. She is still in awe at how these aliens look so human. Aside from the purple bodily fluids, they are alike in every way. What are the chances…

As she holds out her hand, he notices it shaking. He steps forward, and she pulls it back.

‘Promise?’ She asks, the desperation in her voice almost makes him hesitate.

‘Of course.’

They touch. The current of infection passes through them both. The connection will last between them forever. The love she feels for him is so overwhelming that she pulls him to her so that their lips meet. He responds desperately, and as a bubble forms around them, they make love.

The bubble bursts and they both fall to the ground. She can already feel the new life forming within her. She squeezes his hand, and he pulls it away.

He feels so ashamed. He had never believed the rumours. The rumours of what really happens when you become infected. He thought he could just take it from her, and leave. But no. Now he is connected to her forever. He watches as she rubs her belly affectionately, as she stares at him with those cute little lines between her eyes as she frowns.

‘What’s wrong?’ She says to him.

‘Nothing.’ He replies. Then he runs. As he runs, he drools a little. Wiping at his chin, he smiles to see the saliva is clear. It worked! But the triumph is mixed with sadness, for although he is now human, he will live the rest of his life with the knowledge that he left her, and his child.

 

She runs into the school quadrangle, nursing her expanding belly and trying to ignore the niggling thought that she may never see him again. Everyone is looking at her. Good. That’s what she wants. She rips a knife from the closest boy who is trying to cut up some kind of fruit inside his yellow lunchbox, and she holds it high in the air.

‘Proof!’ She screams. She feels the child jump in fright from within her. She ignores it, instead, pulling her skirt up to her waist. Some start to snigger, some outright laugh, but none of that matters. She pushes the blade against her thigh and moves it across. Bright red blood pours from the open wound as she stands there triumphantly.

‘Infected!’ Someone screams. The boy whose knife she took, jumps up from the grass and takes a step backwards. She looks down.

She stumbles.

She trips.

She falls.

Forward.

As the knife plunges into her belly, she closes her eyes in defeat. The baby is no longer moving, and they both leave this world to the chant,

‘Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary.’

 

Short Story 12/11/2019

NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT REPRODUCE THIS STORY WITHOUT ACKNOWLEDGING ME AS AUTHOR. TO DO SO WOULD BE BOTH ILLEGAL AND IMMORAL. THANK YOU. Kristy Kamin

Hands by Kristy Kamin

 

She stared at the clock. It was an old clock. It’s hands seemingly as slow as an old man. Or woman. ‘Why do we always say old man?’, She whispers quietly to herself.

The clock only had two hands, the minutes hand and the hour hand, which is what made it seem so slow because she couldn’t see the seconds with the clarity that she would with a more modern clock which would have the seconds hand steadily creeping around the clock face. This old clock, made of wood and likely the old-style cogs hiding behind it, but still after all these years steadily working, telling people the time.

A whistle blew, a hand grabbed her and started to pull,

‘’Time to go now’ Said Mary’s mother.

It seemed as though it was always time to go. Never time to stand still like this. Mary kept her feet rooted to the floor. She didn’t care if her mum said it was time to go, the old clock still had its long golden hand on the five and her mum said when it was six-thirty they had to leave.

Her mum continued tugging, but Mary stayed put. The old clock told her it wasn’t time yet.

‘We are going to miss the train!’ her mother cried, exasperated.

‘It’s not six-thirty!’ said Mary, her lip out.

‘That’s what time the train leaves Mary. Not the time we have to get ready to go on the train!’ Her mother said.

Mary held her spot, she didn’t listen to any of the boring words falling out of her mother’s mouth, she just kept staring at the old station clock. The long hand looked as though it may be finally moving now. It was so close to that six.

Mary was up in the air and flying, being held by two hands tightly clamped around her. Mary’s face contorted, she could no longer see the hand, just blurry faces as tears spilled from her eyes. Faces that were ignoring her as they were rushing this way and that. Mary kicked a few times and wriggled in the hopes of dropping out of her mother’s arms. But her mother just gripped tighter. Didn’t her mother understand? She just wanted to see that long, golden beam move onto the six.

“Damn you, mother!” She wailed at the top of her lungs. She knew that the ‘D’ word was forbidden in their family, but she had overheard her mum’s friends say it a few times when they thought Mary wasn’t listening. Mary had never said the ‘D’ word before, but she thought it might make her mother drop her in shock. Which she did – but not until they were on the train.

‘Mary Eve Rose McDonald!’ Said her mother crossly. Mary could tell her mother was cross, not because of her tone of voice, which was calm as always, but because her mother used her full name. As her mother was telling her why a fine young girl shouldn’t be so disrespectful of her mother and blah, blah, blah, Mary thought to herself, as she always did when she was in trouble, ‘McDonald is such a silly name to have. it’s like the song Old McDonald had a farm, and although we had a farm when I was in my mother’s belly (her mother told her this when Mary had asked about the whole McDonald thing), the song is not actually about Father and the farm he had’.

This made Mary think about her father again – whom she had never met, and her mother had never mentioned except for ‘He was not a very nice man’ – whom she imagined to be a ‘not very nice man’. Therefore, she always imagined him as a man in overalls – like Old McDonald, even though the song wasn’t about him – chewing straw and kicking the poor pigs or sheep.

‘Old McDonald had a sheep, kick kick, kick kick, kick’, Mary sang in her head, she let out a giggle. She saw her mother ‘harrumph’ and shake her head, and then she was pulled to a carriage where Mary was sat down next to a large, hairy, and rather smelly old man who was already snoring.

As per usual, Mary’s mother was also nodding off as soon as the loud whistle blew and the train slowly started to gain momentum. Mary would have watched the people, and not much later, the fields outside her window, but she was not yet tall enough to reach the window, being that she was currently only six years old. Sitting there watching the snoring old man as her mother’s hand slowly unfurled, allowing Mary’s hand to fall out of her slender fingers, as white as the snow that capped the mountains Mary could not see slowly fading out of sight.

As soon as Mary’s hand slipped out of her mother’s with a soft thwap sound on her lap, the snoring man’s eyes opened as wide as saucers. The first thing the man saw was a blurry looking child sitting between himself and a young woman. He rubbed his eyes quickly with balled hairy fists. His eyes somewhat clearer now, the edges of his mouth curved upward ever so slightly.

‘What have we here’ he said, not really a question. He checked out the girl, she looked very young, dressed quite nicely in a white skirt with those puffs on the end, parents so liked to dress their young children in these days. Her white knitted top made her skin look much darker than it actually was. A half-breed by the looks of it. Never mind, she would still interest his buyers. In fact, she would interest more buyers than usual, as she could be bought as a slave girl, or as an adoptee. Win-win for him.

‘What a fine young specimen you are.’ He muttered out loud. He didn’t mean to, but he was a little too excited for the mighty price he would get for this one.

‘Scuse me, sir?’ Mary spoke. This man, now that he was awake, didn’t seem as innocent as he did when he was sleeping. In fact, now that he was awake, Mary could see that he looked like one of those ‘strangers’ her mother often cautioned her about. He was dressed in a fine black suit, which made him look all respectable, but he had that funny smile on his old wrinkled (and Mary thought a little dirty-looking) face. Mary grabbed at her mother’s limp hand. Her mother groaned funnily in her sleep like she often did through the night if Mary ever knocked into her in whatever bed they were sharing at the time. The kind of groan that said leave me alone, but in groan language.

The old man’s grin widened, just a little.

‘I was saying what a cute little girl you are. What’s your name?’

‘Mother told me not to talk to strangers’ Mary answered, her voice shaking.

The man laughed. ‘Oh, I’m no stranger. You can just call me uncle Bob. Do you want to hear a story?’

Mary held her mother’s hand all the tighter, shaking her head. The old man moved his bottom half so that he and Mary were now touching. He smelt like old tobacco. Mary’s stomach felt bad. She shook her head, ever so slightly. Because she was trying really hard not to move. She wanted her mother to wake up and take her off the train. But the train was still moving. And from Mary’s past experience, it would probably be moving for a while longer.

‘Of course, you want to hear a story’ The man said, laughing – or to Mary, it sounded more like a growl of an old angry bear.

‘Once there was this little girl – much like you actually’, and as he said this, the old man rested his right hand on her left knee, it was missing one finger. She shuddered. He patted her leg a couple of times, but still left his aged hand there as he told his story’…

‘And this little girl much wanted to go on adventures, not just be dragged around by her mother everywhere. Even though this girl was little, in her head she was much bigger than she looked. She didn’t want to be stuck on dreary old trains, or in train stations, this little girl wanted to see the big, wide world without anyone telling her when or where she should be.

This little girl met a hairy old man on a train – much like this train. She was at first frightened of him because he looked like a scary old man. And she wasn’t used to old men with their manly smells and their hairy hands.

But this man had been on many adventures, and the little girl could see this. She could see this because his skin was old and leathery, like someone who had been outdoors a lot, and she knew from experience that being outdoors a lot makes you more likely to come across adventures.

After talking with this old man for a while, the little girl knew this was the person she was to be with, because even though the little girl knew in her head she was bigger than she looked, on the outside she still looked like a little girl, and if she were to go on adventures on her own, then she would be taken to the closest policeman to be returned to her mother.

The train stopped at the next town, a town she had never been to, and the old man held out his four-fingered hand to her – another tell-tale sign of a man who had been on adventures, maybe his finger was sliced off during a sword duel in another land. The little girl took his hand and was led to where many adventures awaited her.’

The train Mary was sitting on, stopped then, and the old not-so-scary anymore man arose, taking his hand off Mary’s knee. He held out his four-fingered hand to Mary, bowing ever-so-slightly and said in an almost graceful way,

‘Shall we then?’

Mary held her small shaking left hand towards his, still a little frightened, but anxious for the adventures which awaited her. Maybe this man would let her watch the long golden rod move onto the six.

Her mother stirred; Mary slowly let go of her mother’s hand. She would leave her peacefully sleeping. Maybe when her mother woke up and found Mary gone, she would breathe a sigh of relief and be able to go on her own adventures. Mary again looked toward the man, his lips curling up, but no longer a stranger. He might look a little strange, but he was offering her exactly what she wanted. Mary thought of the little girl in his story, and her head was now swimming with all the adventures she was about to experience.

Mary’s fingers were almost touching his when her mother suddenly screamed at the top of her lungs. The man lunged for Mary, but her mother was now hitting him with her red bag. The red bag Mary had always seen her mother with. The red bag which was only as big as Mary’s large teddy bear – which was inside that bag. Her teddy bear would be getting hurt with all that slamming against that man’s face. That lovely man (Mary had forgotten now that he was once a scary man to her) who was going to take her on adventures.

Mary started crying.

‘Stop mother!’ She shouted between sobs. But now the Railroad Police had arrived and were escorting the man off the train. A feeling of loss, a loss of freedom, a loss of adventure, Mary hit at her mother with tiny curled fists. She struck her mother over and over,

‘Damn you!’ Mary cried. Her mother was looking at her with tears running down her own face, leaving lines of black soot down her cheeks from her eyeliner. Her mother always wore eyeliner. Her mother never cried. This realisation caused Mary to stop crying herself. She sat – or rather fell – back onto the train carriage chair. Her mother sat beside her, pulling a tissue out of the red bag. Mary stayed silent, still in shock to see her mother’s tears. Her mother dabbed the tissue on her cheeks, attempting to remove the blackness.

The whistle blew, and Mary was bobbing this way and that as the train started to move again. The rest of the passengers were also silent, shocked by the commotion only moments before. Mary put her spindly little hands in her lap, squeezing them all the way down between her legs, pushing her white skirt down, so that if it weren’t so puffy, it would look more like pants.

‘That man was a bad man!’ Mary’s mother said so quietly that Mary barely heard her. But this time, Mary was listening very hard. Her mother had been crying, Mary was very interested in what she had to say.

‘I know what a bad man is like. After your father…’ Her voice trailed off, Mary could not hear her mother now, the train’s loud whistle sounding again.

‘There must be some sheep on the tracks up ahead.’ Mary thought to herself, and now she was no longer interested in what her mum had to say, or the strange man, or anyone else for that matter, as she was starting to feel sleepy. She allowed the roughness of the train to lull her into a deep sleep, the last thing she heard was her mother’s familiar, ‘harrumph’, and the feel of her calloused hand enveloping her own.

Back

So I’ve had almost 2 years of not writing, and I think over a year since I updated this page 😱

I spent some time on my Bowen business and studying – which I will return to the studying – and also building a business in a company which has helped me in my healing journey from breast cancer.

I thought I was done with the whole writing thing, but I’ve come to realise I’m not truly happy unless I am writing. I am planning on doing some short stories which I will likely share here, but will also edit the half dozen other stories I wrote a couple years ago so I can enter them to publishing companies. I do not really have the time or the money to self publish any more books, but if I can’t get a publishing company on board, then I may rethink things.

Who know what the future holds?

Watch this space…

Goodbye to 2017

So 2017 was not the best year for many people. It almost felt like the ‘gods were against us’.

In my little corner of the world; I published a book, that seemingly went nowhere. I was under constant stress working while studying full time, then trying to build a new business (while raising 4 kids). On top of it all, I was constantly sick.

Things finally started looking up later in the year. I found myself an awesome doctor who won’t settle for anything less than a definite answer, and by October we found out what was up with my body. I’m now on medication – mostly supplements – and slowly starting to improve.

Then I won a book award! Which was definitely the highlight of my year!

Anyway, I’m believing for a better 2018. With improving health, business starting to get better, and new Support Workers who help with Hayley – and now also the housework (bliss!).

I hope 2018 is a better year for everyone.

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