I haven’t done any writing recently since this summer became a stressful and busy whirlwind of events. My father is recovering from surgery, my grandmother was in the hospital after a bout of pneumonia and I was sick as a dog. I was so bad that at one point I was struggling to get air. It was a scary moment for me because despite of my disorder, I could always breathe normally. I suppose I am not as strong as I used to be and that is beginning to terrify me. Yet my doctors do believe I am okay and do not think I need a ventilator. Many that have Muscular Dystrophy at my age need a ventilator in order to breathe. Because of all these things, I haven’t been in my pool in a month. There was simply no time and I wasn’t healthy enough to withstand 90 degree weather. I am definitely getting back in that pool this week!
In other news, I am getting some sales for my self-published book, “My Wheels Keep Rolling.” (Link to my book: http://www.lulu.com/shop/michael-mcdonnell/my-wheels-keep-rolling/paperback/product-23142774.html) For those that haven’t known about my book, it is about my life with Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy. I not only wanted to shine a light on this disorder but use my stories as a guideline for others with MD to understand what it takes to persevere through life’s struggles especially school. Also I hope that my stories could help families realize that a meaningful life is still possible regardless of the diagnosis. I have been trying to think of ways to market my book but I am honestly not sure what else to do. I have used social media and have gotten most of my sales from family and friends. So I basically know everybody that bought it. However, I have gotten a few sales from strangers on account of my grandmother while she was in the hospital. She was telling all of her nurses about my book.
I am not in this for the money particularly but I am slightly disappointed that I cannot seem to market the book to those who would most benefit from it. I am happy, however, that I could accomplish the task of publishing a book so I guess I should be content with that. Despite the minimal sales from my book, I am still motivated to start on my next book. I am in the process of brainstorming a historical fiction novel. My basic idea is to write about a superhero that travels back in time to prevent a demon from changing history for the worse. I may not self-publish this book but I am hoping a publisher may be more receptive to a novel rather than an autobiography.