Now that it seems that gallstones are not the cause of my on-going indisposition, I confess that I am getting quite worried about exactly what’s going on in my stomach,
Never a day goes by when I am not upset with morning doses of diarrhoea, have mild to severe stomach cramps and feel generally under the weather. On most days this seems to clear up by 1 p.m, and for the rest of the day I am quite OK, except that I am somewhat tired from all the excessive bowel movements. Some days I feel near the end of my tether, and on other days I am more able to take it all in my stride.
I was hoping that night attacks of abdominal pains had gone for good but last Thursday night I woke up at 2 a.m. in agony. As ever, I stuffed myself with pain meds and anti- acid meds and waited for the pains to abate. Four hours later I fell asleep, exhausted.
If it’s not gallstones, then what is it?
Ulcers? Cancer? There’s no history of cancer in my family but I guess there’s always a first time.
On Tuesday I went to check my blood INR and found that it was dangerously high. It’s supposed to be between 2 and 3, but was over 4. This means I will bleed very easily and it might not stop. God help me if I have a perforated ulcer!
Ironically, it was the only blood test they didn’t do at the hospital last week, and of course, it sods law that when I checked it myself it turned out to be higher than I have ever known it! Anyway I am adjusting my medication (warfarin) and hope that I can get it down to more acceptable levels. I’m really not having a very good time of it lately.
I have been all alone since around 3 a.m. on Wednesday morning as that was the ludicrous hour when Noo, her son and her 2 aunts took off for their long drive to Nong Khai.
It was a trip that had been long in the planning as there were urgent family matters for her to attend to that couldn’t be delayed any longer. But 3 a.m…….??
I am expecting her back on Monday or Tuesday and in the meantime, I am fending for myself and occupying my spare moments seeing how high I can stack up the dirty dishes in the kitchen sink before they all come crashing down and I am obliged to wash them.
I don’t think we’ve had a day without heavy rain for about a month now. Sometimes it is pretty wild and hardly a day goes past when we don’t get at least one power cut, sometimes several.
The good thing about all this rain is that the temperature has dropped to the low-mid 20’s so thankfully we don’t suffer too much when the power goes out and the fans and air conditioners stop running.
The bad part is that all this rain is putting off tourists from coming to Pattaya and I have been unable to rent out my Triton pick-up for over two weeks.
Ah well, if all else fails Noo will move me up to her village where I can live on a daily diet of somtum pala… health permitting…
‘A Lust For Life’ is Published at last!
I am grateful to one of my readers, Michael, who wrote to me and urged me not to give up on my novel, to stop worrying about agents and traditional publishers and push ahead with e publishing as that was the way to go in this day and age.
As I stated in my last blog, I was indeed intending to eventually publish the novel as an e book, but to be honest, it wasn’t exactly at the top of my agenda. However, when I received Michael’s email, it sort of spurred me to action.So during the past few days I have been very busy preparing my book for publication on Amazon-Kindle.
Amazon offer two different publishing deals and I have opted for the 90 day, renewable, exclusive publishing arrangement, which has a much higher royalty rate.
In return for exclusivity, I am not allowed to make my book available through any other media outlet, so it has been with much regret that I have had to remove my book from this blog.
This is a 90 day contract, and I shall be monitoring my sales (if any) over the next three months, and then decide whether to renew or whether I will be better off publishing on other ebook websites, (such as Barnes & Noble’s Pubit platform), and I can also set up a ‘Lust of Life’ website and try to sell it myself.
In the meantime, while I contemplate these publishing alternatives, at least it’s finally out there with the general public.
Another part of my Amazon deal is that I am allowed to offer my book, free of charge for a period of five days. To those of you who may be interested in taking advantage of this offer, to start with I will make the book available free for 3 days, from Friday, 18th October until Sunday 20 October. All you have to do is have an Amazon account and click onto the following links, where you will find my book for sale. (Be careful as the ‘free days’ start at midnight Pacific Time, USA)
For those in the UK the link is:
For all other territories, including Asia and USA, the link is:
(Theses links are also permanently listed on the sidebar of my blog)
If you click on a normal day, you will see a price of £1.93 (UK) or $1.99, ($2.03 including VAT in some countries), but in the 3 day promotional period, (18th– 20th October), the price will be reduced to zero.
Unfortunately, it seems that most territories in Asia list my book on Amazon.com at a higher price of $4.04, even though I, as the author and publisher have determined that it is to be sold at $2.99.
I have no idea why this is, and have complained to Amazon, but all they have said is:
“If you’re browsing in the Kindle Store from a location outside of the United States, you may see a price higher than what you listed on the KDP website.
All items available in the Amazon.com Kindle Store are listed in U.S. dollars (USD). The availability and pricing of titles in global Kindle Stores may vary by home country or region, including taxes and other operating costs.”
So it is more than possible that the free option may also not be available in certain Asian territories, and for this I can only apologise. Anyway please check on the free promotion dates (18th – 20th Oct) just to be sure, and if free, then go ahead and download.
Your feedback on this would be appreciated as I find Amazon less than open on the matter of pricing in Asia.
Also note that I reserve the right in the future to change the sales price, but at the moment it is on sale for the minimum permitted price of $2.99 (plus any applicable VAT, and the equivalent in other currencies).
Anyway folks, for those of you who have already read my book and to those who might read it via Amazon-Kindle in the near future, may I earnestly request that you write a ‘customer review’, by clicking the appropriate button on my book page in Amazon. (Use the above links or just go to the Amazon website and do a search for ‘Mobi D’Ark’ .)
Obviously I will be delighted if your reviews are positive, and if your time is limited, then a one line review is perfectly sufficient.
Since I started this blog in 2009, I have deliberately avoided any temptation to advertise or use the blog as any kind of a money-making venture, as I want to maintain my integrity with my readers.
However, I do ask those of you who have enjoyed my book if you would kindly spare the time to write a brief review, as obviously good reviews will help to increase my sales.
You do not have to buy the book to write a customer review.
‘There and back’ – a trip to ye olde country… Part 6
The end of days in sunny Kent
After our second trip to London (see last week’s blog) we only had a couple of days left in that pretty county before we moved northwards to stay with my eldest daughter near Birmingham.
Noo was still obsessed with English cats, flora and fruit and we had a final sweep of suburban Tonbridge to take back more picture memories.
It was still early August but already the wild black berries were starting to ripen.
On the last afternoon of our stay with Sid, he suggested that we take a quick run to nearby Barden Lake, which some years ago had been converted from a disused quarry into a very delightful country park, complete with ducks, swans and goodness knows what else.
A study in Swans, and a little row of ducks.
Barden Lake and its environs was very pleasant indeed, and no – that isn’t ancient Mobi sidling up next to Noo, but Sid, my even more ancient brother.
Back at Sid’s home, a few parting snapshots of Noo eating her first ever soft boiled egg and posing in and around Sid’s garden.
Now, I wonder who this cute young kid can be?