Dec. 18) Sorry about the lag in posts. Just to keep you updated – I’ve got four interview requests that seem to have disappeared into the ozone, so I have to assume that those artists are busy with their own work and are focusing on that. I’ve got another 4 requests out where I’ve sent the questions, but I’m waiting for a response on three of those. I’m close to posting one interview right now; all I have to do is add the follow-up answers and the links to the artwork, then get the artist’s approval on the final version of the interview. I might be able to post it on Wednesday.
I got swamped with work (which comes and goes, given that I work on contract), plus we’ve got the big holidays coming up and the artists are going to be busy with that for 2-3 weeks. After that, I’ll knuckle down and start sending out mass requests to other artists again. I still want to have a 3-4 week backlog of interviews, but I may drop back to a 2/week release schedule so the readers don’t get swamped with interviews they don’t have time to read.
Plus, I have one announcement for a new e-book release that I’m excited to make, as soon as I get the ok from the artist, which may be in a couple days. Stay tuned.
I know this post is “off topic,” not having anything to do with the interviews, but for anyone that wants to know what the status of the site is, here’s a little background info until things get back up and running.
As I mentioned before, I had a kidney stone back at the beginning of November. As part of the routine follow-up health checks, the doctor discovered that I had a polyp in my intestine, and he “strongly suggested” that I get it removed soon. So, at 8 AM on Tuesday my time, I went back to the hospital to get that done. If you’ve never had a polyp removed before, there are a few steps you need to take to prepare first to thoroughly clean your intestines out, and this takes about 3-4 hours. After that, you’re going to be going without food for about 1.5 days, so the nurses stick a needle in your vein to give you an IV drip (it’s also used to administer the pain relievers and muscle relaxants for during the operation). In my case, the nurse kept missing the vein in the back of my forearm, so he resorted to using the vein in the back of my left hand.
The operation itself went by fast, and I never really felt like the pain relievers kicked in. But, I was a bit punchy after getting off the operating table, and was really low energy for the rest of the afternoon. I was put on the IV then, and I spent the rest of the day in a hospital bed, since the doctor wanted to keep me for one day for observation to make sure the polyp site was cauterized properly and there was no bleeding afterward. I was put in a common room with 4 other guys, so I kept the curtains pulled closed and I spent the time playing Sudoku, reading manga and listening to synthesizer music on my MP3 player.
That evening, the nurse brought in dinner trays for the other patients, while I was left on the IV drip. They turned the lights out in the room at 9 PM, but each bed had an overhead light and a TV. There was NOTHING on TV worth watching at ANY time, so I played Sudoku a bit more and turned the light out to go to sleep. Unfortunately, there were two problems. First, the IV needle was in the back of my left hand. That meant I couldn’t bend the hand at all. This meant that during the entire night, I had to be really aware of where my hand was, make sure that I didn’t roll over on the IV tube, or roll over on my hand. Second, three of the other guys in the room snored. LOUD. All night. I got maybe three hours of sleep, total. When I did manage to drift off, the nurse would come in to change my IV bag, and the movement of the drop tube would wake me up. When I got bored enough of not being able to sleep, I’d play Sudoku some more (I had a magazine filled with Sudoku puzzles), then try to go to sleep again.
At 7 AM, the doctor came into the room, asked me if my stomach hurt, and if there was any blood discharged when I used the toilet. I said “no” to both questions, and the nurse came back to remove the needle from my hand, and gave me a regular breakfast (a small salad, miso soup, a poached egg and a bowl of rice porridge). I was allowed to check out of the hospital at 10 AM, but I had to make another appointment that morning with a kidney doctor to get the test results from the stone (he said it was made up of calcium, which is the most common cause, probably due to bone loss). I got home at noon, and spent the next few hours napping. Then I had to go to the English school to teach two classes at 7 and 8 PM. The rest of Wednesday evening was spent on dinner, catching up on e-mail, and processing photos I took for another blog.
It’s now Thursday noon my time, and I have 3 more classes to teach, at 2:30 PM, 6:30 and 8 PM. The problem is that I have to walk half a mile to the school, and the doctor considers that to be at the limits of how much exercise I can get per day (no alcohol or hard exercise for 1 week). So, I’m not going to be able to return home during the break between classes. Friday and Saturday are going to be similar. This just leaves me with a couple hours a night to keep catching up on e-mail and other things, between now and Sunday (to complicate matters, an on-line translation company wants me to proofread a document over the weekend, due Monday morning).
I’m hoping to start replying to comments here on Basket Case, and to start sending out questions to artists either tonight or tomorrow, but I won’t be able to start posting finished interviews here for maybe another week. Thanks for your patience.