Category Archives: Creative Writing

Why Does a Stranger Get to Control My Life?

This is as close as I could find to a representation of my last disability hearing:

People who have applied for disability and not been approved at the two earlier stages end up with a hearing. There is a door at the back where the possibly-disabled and their attorney enter. The seats closest to them are where they sit, as if disability of any kind was contagious. There is a stenographer to my left on the square of tables, and a disability occupations adjudicator at the table to my attorney’s right. Directly in front of me is a dais. Once everyone is settled in the judge will enter from a door directly opposite the one I walked through. In his or her black robes, of course. My judge this time is male, and I suspect is the same judge I had last time.

So before a word has been spoken the stage is set. The judge, formally dressed, sitting higher than anyone else. The stenographer and adjudicator sitting close to, but lower than the judge and at an angle toward him. My attorney sits beside me. He doesn’t know me at all, even though we’ve been through a hearing together before and everyone insists he’s great. He was assigned to me by Allsup, a company I’ll be happy to pay since THEY jumped through all the hoops for me. If you need someone, call and mention my name. I think I should have frequent flyer points to share or something.They have a 97% success rate!

My judge has a documented 38%  approval on disability cases, which I found out yesterday. The adjudicator guy will do most of the talking. He’ll list all the jobs I could do full-time, since I clearly can’t return to Nursing. Pretty much I sit there and they talk about me between themselves. This time I’ll stand and tell my own story. No one in that room knows me or my family or what we’ve been through.

If they did they’d all give me gentle hugs, tell me I was in their prayers, and approve me for disability all the way back to the start date of 2009. My children, too, since my pain screwed up both of their lives, plus Michael’s. I don’t think they give compensation to spouses, but he deserves something for all he’s endured.

My hearing is Tuesday (the 14th) at 10 a.m. I would be incredibly thankful if my friends could pray for me, send some positive energy, or just think about me that morning, please. I’d appreciate it SO much! Even if I’ve been a bitch to you lately (as I have to most of those closest to me) just think back to the good times we’ve had and think fondly of me, even if it’s only a minute or two.

Mischief for Halloween!

Tiffany Reisz is in Kentucky!

November 4, 2017 WEKY Conference (speaking + signing — advance registration required), 9am-4pm, Morehead, KY

November 18, 2017Kentucky Book Fair (signing — free admission) 9am-4pm, Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY

If I’m able I’ll be there for both Lexington and Morehead.  My eldest son graduated from Morehead. He was on the drumline and yelled, “Go, Head!” much more often than necessary. Their cadence as they marched off the field is called FUBAR.

Yeah, my eldest, Aaron, is the one who finally acknowledges me after they take off their plumes.

Really, what location could be more perfect?! Tiffany Reisz, Lexington native, educated at Centre College, is an incredibly talented author. Her books after the Original Sinners series prove she doesn’t have to write erotica to make my panties wet! Although I still consider Angel my favorite romance. I cried so much. My husband prefers I read to him, but he has yet to finish a chapter. And no, he hasn’t heard Angel yet – LOL! Perhaps I should read audio books for a living.

If you can’t find time to hear Tiffany speak or sign something naughty in her latest novel at least read Mischief. It’s now officially my favorite Halloween story! A French submissive vintner and a Dominatrix go hunting ghosts and looking for a threesome in Salem on Halloween? It’s even better than you can imagine, which is usual for Tiffany!

Best of all, it’s FREE on Kindle right now, so CELEBRATE!! And then buy everything else she’s written. My husband calls it “inspirational reading” – he loves it when Tiffany releases a new book!

Beach Dreams

A nine-line post. My mother used to say I was vaccinated with a phonograph needle and that’s why I talked so much. Let’s see what I can do with nine lines as per the Mama Kat prompt.

Beach dreams that leave me smiling

Muscles tired ’cause I like to swim out far

Sun on my face and a glow through my eyelids

The sting on my shoulders from sun, not pain

Sand everywhere, but I don’t care

Sweatshirts over swimsuits for walks at night

Waking up before dawn so as not to miss a minute

Toddlers fascinated by foam

Helping strangers build sand castles

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...