Apologies, Explanations, and a Thank You ~ Sunday Spotlight by Brandilyn

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Apologies, Explanations, and a Thank You:

If you follow me on Facebook you know that Prism Book Alliance has been operating at a disadvantage for the last month. If you only follow the blog itself, you may not have noticed at all.

I have said repeatedly that we have an awesome team here at Prism Book Alliance, and over the last month they have shown me just how awesome they really are. I have also seen just how great, and loving this community as a whole is.

On the evening of 24 April 2015, I was climbing over my 7yo daughter’s bed. Somewhere between the bed (normal height child’s bed NOT a bunk bed) and the floor I managed to break my lower leg in 3 places, dislocate my ankle and, of course, sprain it, complete with torn tendons. Any one of those injuries would suck, would require a couple of Vicodin and few days taking it easy. Taken together, they are hell. One particular fracture has a special name and a special place in hell.

It is not an injury I recommend. It is a not a “normal” broken ankle. Your best friend’s boyfriend’s brother, statistically speaking, has not dealt with this. One of my fractures alone accounts for <1% of all lower leg injuries. Add in the other four injuries and yeah. It sucks.

As my husband says “next time you decide to have an accident could you half-ass it, please?”

Here we are precisely one month later, and I am nowhere near healed. I had surgery on the 14th, and I find out on the 27th if I have to have a second surgery. Once we are sure I am done with surgeries I am in for at least eight weeks in a hard cast and likely more before I even start physical therapy. Before this is over, I will have at least four months where my foot can not touch the ground. Before this is over 18 month to 2 years will have gone by, and I will be left with permanent ankle issues. This is what my orthopedist calls a “life changing injury.” All from falling off a bed.

I don’t tell you this for the sympathy. I tell you this to explain why I am not operating at 100%. I am still in a great deal of pain. I am still on some pretty heavy painkillers and muscle relaxants. And in all honesty, mentally and emotionally I am having an especially hard time.

I am a type A control freak personality. I don’t delegate well. My team is awesome and tells me to delegate all the time. I am good about it in small doses. I usually take care of 90% of what happens on the blog from liaising with publishers and authors for review copies and guest posts, uploading and scheduling guest posts, scheduling reviews, coming up with ideas for new content, etc, etc, etc. I usually spend my entire Sunday and a few hours every day of the week on Prism Book Alliance. It is my baby. That isn’t counting the 6-12 reviews I do weekly, personally, for the blog.

Again, I don’t say this for sympathy. I love Prism Book Alliance. I believe in what we do, and I happily spend my time and money promoting this genre that I love and respect. I simply am trying to give background and perspective.

I also pride myself on my memory, logic, and reasoning. Try doing all that on narcotic painkillers every four hours. I can’t remember the beginning of a book by the time I get to the end. I can’t string enough thoughts together to create a coherent review. Simply put, I am not myself, and that in itself is hard.

This injury has thrown me for loop. I am used to a schedule. I am used to having things done a certain way. I am used to doing (almost) everything myself. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes, that you don’t even see as one of our beloved readers.

Between the pain and the medication, that is just not possible for me right now. However, my team has stepped up in a big way to keep Prism going for you. Every single one of them has taken on extra tasks to keep the blog running. Every single one of them has offered help when I needed it. I can’t thank them enough. I want to call out PizzyGirl especially because she has spearheaded the task of uploading and scheduling guest posts and scheduling reviews.

That being said, I don’t want to put too much work on my team, as I don’t want them to burn out. This is going to be a long road, and while I hope to get slowly back into the grind over the next couple of months, I ask for your patience.

There are some tasks we do promptly that are going to fall by the wayside. Some of these tasks you, as readers, may notice. Some are behind the scenes tasks that only the publishers will notice. For example, I can’t even think of how behind I am on picking giveaway winners. I have also missed the Weekly Review and Coming Soon posts these last two weeks. For this I apologize, but I will get there. I promise.

I am slow to respond to emails. This isn’t because I don’t think your email isn’t important. It is because 1) my meds have knocked me out or 2) I can’t fathom the energy involved in thinking about a response. I will get to your emails, I promise. I will get to your tour requests I promise. I will get to review your book, eventually, I promise. Every single one of you is important to me and to this team.

As of this moment, I am hoping I will be able to travel to Bristol in September for UKmeet, but I am not counting on it.

So in conclusion, I want to apologize for not being 100% right now and thank you for your patience.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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26 thoughts on “Apologies, Explanations, and a Thank You ~ Sunday Spotlight by Brandilyn

  1. I’m so sorry to hear this. You need to take care of yourself and get some rest. We all understand and I don’t think you’ll be hearing any grumbling. You’ll be in my thoughts.

  2. Taking care of yourself comes first! About 10 years ago my husband broke his ankle in six places and also broke 2 other bones in that leg. It was a long process of healing, with him out of work for a year. It impacted our family so much my son chose to become a physical therapist. You will have many ups and downs during this ordeal. I am glad you have such a great support system!

    • It is going to be a long road, but I am listening to the orthopedist and being s good patient. I have a family that needs me, and not listening will just make an already long road longer. You know things are bad when your Dr insists you google your injury and when you say you avoid that, he goes and prints out articles and tells you to read them…

  3. Please do no apologize, at least not to me. I’m amazed at how present you still are, considering everything you’re dealing with. I know all about life knocking a person completely off track and I know how frustrating it is. My best advice is to embrace whatever you are capable of doing and have a (minor or big) celebration every time you can add something else to the list of ‘can-do’s’. I’m sure I’m not the only one who loves you and this blog you so brilliantly run just as I’m sure I’m not the only one impressed and thankful for your amazing team and the way they keep things going. All of us, I’m sure, will cheer you along as you travel the long road to recovery and while I look forward to the day you’ll be able to fully participate in all of life again, I urge you not to rush it. Look after yourself and give your body the time it needs to heal. As brilliant as this blog is and as much good as it does for the genre, you are way more important.

  4. No apology is ever needed for an injury or illness! My daughter slipped on our icy wooden stairs & shattered her ankle & had the spiral bone break & knee displacement. She had surgery to fix her ankle pieces & yes it was a long haul back but she can out walk any one of us … did all over Scotland & Ireland this past summer. You have put together a fantastic team … let them be your team. So a couple of things change … we’re here for you & them. Take it from another 4+ personality … listen to & do exactly what you are told & you will be up & good as new. Channel your bad times into something soothing … do art, coloring books, anything! Stress & anger restrict your healing. Do something out of the ordinary … learn a new language … grade papers for a Professor or teacher. Stretch out & you’ll have lots of stuff to tell us & that removes pressure off of your team. Let them handle your fb while you ‘play’ in the bedroom. * snickering* We All love you … take time & heal for yourself … your family & us! Love from Alaska

  5. You have an amazing team helping you 🙂 and I wouldn’t have known otherwise without reading this post!
    So, rest up; do what the Doc says; even more importantly – do what the Physio says!!!

    I can bring my GD’s wheelchair to UKMeet and push you around if you wish 🙂 but hoping that won’t be necessary!! Get well; do what you have to; and know that we’ll be here anyway.

    {{Hugs}}

  6. Sending love and healing thoughts. Just keeping leaning on your tribe, even if you hate it, that’s what they’re there for. Sending more love and more healing thoughts, because you can never have enough.

  7. That is just so awful – hope you are looking after yourself properly.
    As a web-only girl, this was the first I knew so I think your team are doing a stirling job!

  8. Wow! I am so sorry to hear about your terrible accident. I know how frustrating it is to be laid up and made not yourself by pain killers. Take care of yourself and I hope your recovery is as speedy as possible. It is wonderful that your awesome team has stepped in to help.

  9. Wow, Brandilyn, that post was totally coherent! LOL! *high fives you* I know from having chatted with you and hung out with you on other parts of FB lately that you are definitely off your game. I see it in your shortened responses and you asked me something the other day I’m pretty sure that, pre-injury, you knew the answer to. ;o) I feel so bad for you because I know you’re a lot like me in many respects. Having to admit you need help is bad enough – accepting it…ughhhh. Your team is doing an awesome job, though, because I haven’t noticed a bit of difference in the blog. I just have one question…is it too soon to make “falling down the rabbit hole” jokes?

  10. I am so sorry this has happened to you. I check this blog every day. It is an important part of my life.

    BUT you are way more important. Worlds will not collapse if the blog slows down. Please take care of yourself, and put all your energy direction and high standards into healing yourself.

  11. Ouch! That truly does sound like the injury from hell, and I wish all our happy thoughts for you could send it packing back to the pit of hellfire and brimstone it came from! I certainly understand needing to take personal time in the face of such an injury, and I totally encourage you to put yourself first! The blog will definitely still be here when you come out the other side of this detour, and my co-workers and I wish you a speedy recovery and absolute best wishes with the intense physical therapy you’ll be facing once all the surgery is dealt with. You’re in our thoughts!

    I had no idea this was even going on, so you had me fooled! Great job Prism Book Alliance team! You’re all awesome for helping out!

  12. This is horrible. I am so sorry. I am off work in July, so if you need some help on something you are willing to delegate, let me know. You have to take care of yourself first.

  13. I just read this post and please take it easy and work on your recovery, your health is the most important thing. I wish you and your family all the best 🙂

  14. Brandilyn, I understand how hard it is to delegate. But you need to heal and being in so much pain makes everything harder. I know that I love your blog, it was one of the first ones I found and loved, I’m not going anywhere and will be here through thick and thin. I’m glad everyone has rallied around you and I hope that the timing is on the lower end of that 18 month to 2 years recovery time, just for the strain on you and your family. Take care, and if there is anything we can do to help, please let us know. The blog has been going amazingly well, the team has stepped up so well.

  15. I’m so very sorry to read about your serious injuries and the long recovery that you are facing. If certain things lag or some features may be need to trimmed, it is so understandable. Please don’t feel any guilt or stress if that happens. Big thanks to your team and yourself for all of your time and effort.

  16. Oh my! Brandilyn this is just an awful thing to happen to you. Besides your blog, you life has been completely thrown offtrack I’m sure. Take good care of yourself and fingers crossed on the surgery front. I know it’s hard to let go and let others help, but you will get better quicker hopefully if you have some assistance that will let you focus on your healing. Best wishes and healing thoughts coming your way.

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