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A Gradient Day

I've been a little grumpy today. I had a setback with my food reactions, but I figured it out. For a time, I thought that I was reacting to sugar, but that wasn't it. I had a reaction to raw apple today. Earlier this week I had no issues with cooked apple. What does that mean? Likely that I have trouble with certain proteins from the apple. Why? Because I'm allergic to trees and apples grow on trees. Annoying, but at least I figured it out. I hope. I know that sounds nutty. There's a thing that happens called Oral Allergy Syndrome. People with environmental allergies can become allergic to a part of a food that is similar to something they are already allergic to. That similarity is removed when the food is cooked. Raw isn't always better. I wonder if this is part of why I became sensitive to yeast as I have a penicillin allergy, which relates to mold and fungus. No idea on the dairy and egg sensitivity. I feel like that came from left field except for cheese and yogurt as cheese is a mold food and yogurt is fermented.

But enough ranting about food allergies. I'll continue aiming to eat like the mediterranean and lower sugar and salt to reduce inflammation.

I haven't heard anything yet on the last medical tests. It usually takes at least a week. Waiting is annoying. It's hard to keep my mind off of this thing no matter how busy I am. I did find some insoles that have greatly reduced my ankle tendon pain though. I can once again use stairs. Yes it's been that bad.

Some really great things have been happening though.

I have a new man in my life. He buys me flowers, massages my ultra tense neck and shoulders, and he's really fun. We have a lot in common and I'm enjoying our time together doing a wide variety of activities. I met him at my dojo. We're enjoying dancing and geocaching together. He takes away my pain instead of giving me more. I really like that.

I also found salsa that doesn't have vinegar in it! The brand is Hernandez. I got it at Metro in Gloucester, Ottawa, Ontario. I always get excited for food that is free of my allergens. I can make my brother's salsa chicken recipe now :)

Planning for the panel I'm part of at Can-Con has begun. It's too bad we only have an hour as I'm sure we could talk for much longer, but I know I'll make myself available for questions after the panel. Anyone can hit up my contact page and send me an email. Initial discussions are so good that I think it should be a great panel. If you have battle scenes to write, you should probably be there.

I signed up for pitching sessions with two small presses at Can-Con. I also signed up for writing critiques by published authors. I'm a little scared about the pitching as it'll be my first time. My manuscript is well on it's way, but it's not ready for the public just yet. The story is done, but I feel it still needs refinement before selling it to anyone.

My writing course starts tomorrow. I'm debating on whether to use characters from a WIP or invent new ones. The first week is on character. On one hand, I could get feedback on current characters and where they might need work. On another, I might want to branch out and try something I've never done. Maybe work on a character for something I haven't started yet, so when I'm ready to write it, some of the leg work is done? There's always a character generator if I get stuck too.

Well, I have a few things to do before bed.

Ciao,
R~

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