Kristi: Thank you so much for writing. You don’t know how much it meant to see your messages.

I’m so happy for folks like you who are able to work your butts off, figure things out and focus, and also at times do the things you want to do and travel and live the life. And gosh I hope you will be getting to do that again because you surely deserve it. I am still pumping out my $5 a month because my eyes still work and so does my brain, at least for the time being, so even though I’m not taking the time to respond to things I am still reading. I’m going to do all I can to keep up with you and a few other people.

I’m learning—notice I didn’t say trying—to use some dictating software so that I can keep writing in some fashion. But because it will still be difficult I’m going to limit it mostly to continue working on my books. That’s what I will have to do because that’s where my heart really is and that’s where it will have to come from even though it hasn’t happened yet.

Working on my ninth book now and for the most part they’ve all been well-reviewed. But of course since hardly anyone has read them that doesn’t mean anything. They have to be well-marketed instead of well-reviewed otherwise the reviews don’t mean anything. But that sounds a lot like what’s happened to me and most people on Medium. I’ve spent more, at least ten times more trying to sell my books than I’ve made, and the same happened on Medium if you don’t count that $500 bonus I made a few months ago.

I’m sorry what I said was so rough. It probably didn’t need to be. I spent about eleven days in the hospital mostly because the medicine they gave me, experimentally, not only didn’t work but backfired, and now I’m recuperating while they try another one which also isn’t working. So, they’ll try another soon. That’s one problem with PME if they don’t know the exact cause (which in my case they don’t).

There are about a dozen different types of PME. None of them are curable but all of them are treatable to a degree. They know I don’t have Huntington’s Disease or Tourette’s Syndrome (fuckshitpiss). But so far they haven’t been able to narrow down what other type of PME I may have so the treatment is still up in the air. If they can figure out what type of PME I have, and figure out the cause, the treatment will be easy, and they say treatment will elongate life and make life a lot easier. Something to make me half-way functional. For the first time in my life!!! Still, whatever it is I’ll have to use my energy the best way I can, and it won’t be Medium. I’ve got work to do on my books and other things if I’m ever to reach my goals and maybe make some money.

Meanwhile, old dog that I am, learning to use this dictating thing. Oooey-gooey. Maybe I’ll hire a secretary to transcribe the stuff better than I can (anybody can do it better than I can, actually...and faster, too). And maybe she’ll be good-looking, as well.

So bless you. Keep on going. And Thanks again.

Possessor of Paul Newman eyes. Author of many things straightforward and strange. Some of them appear here. “Women zai shuo ba” as the Mandarin say. Born 2016.

Possessor of Paul Newman eyes. Author of many things straightforward and strange. Some of them appear here. “Women zai shuo ba” as the Mandarin say. Born 2016.