Author has written 11 stories for Hogan's Heroes.
It's been awhile, a long while. The brain is coming back to life, finally. I'm tearing through tons of books, not HH or WWII yet, but rather cosy mysteries. My favorite authors are: Charles Todd (definitely not a cozy, but gripping books dealing with the trauma that WWI caused among soldiers and civilians), Emily Brightwell, Joanne Fluke, Nancy Atherton, Anne Perry, M.C Beaton (the Hamish stories, not Agatha Raisan), Dean Koontz' Odd Thomas series (definitely not a cozy) and Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series (also definitely not a cozy). The output from these writers and others sometimes overwhelm me, and then get me angry at myself. Since it's just Tewlee and me, I can't say I'm overworked. So, it is definitely time to get back to the life I always wanted when I retired (pre-parents' illnesses) - reading and writing and taking better care of myself.
And a great big, Thank You, to those of you who still love the series. BTW, the Theater of War Yahoo group is still alive, so if you have any questions about the series, feel free to join it.
Back temporarily. Since the last update, I have lost Dad to a staph infection. He went peacefully at home, and I was with him. I was glad to be there. At the end of March, I lost my little BernieBear unexpectedly. That tore me up more than the parents' deaths. They were at the end of long lives. Bernie was only 11. Like the parents, I was with him when he went. I was actually giving him a belly rub when he gave a small gasp, and he was gone. A few days later, his breeder gave me a 10-month old boy who was actually Bernie's half nephew 11 years removed. :-) He's a sweet, loving little boy, which helps with the pain of losing Bernie.
I am slowly trying to get back to writing. I've been rereading the TOW series. But if you've ever been a caregiver, you know it takes a toll, mentally and physically. But I'm trying. So, one of these days, Act 5 will slowly be seen.
Thank you to those of you who have liked the series and the stories. And thank you for all your kind comments.
Well, I'm back - from the frying pan into the fire (which is an odd cliche - given a choice I'd rather be burned to death than fried to death - much quicker - yeah, I know, morbid).
Mom died in her sleep on 9/9/09. It was very quick, literally 15 minutes from the time I checked her blood sugar, to the time I checked on her before the home health person came. It was a shock in that she was more responsive that morning and actually ate some breakfast. It was a shock to my brother as well as he was flying in from Chicago when she died.
Bernie, my not so small chihuahua, and I drove to Minnesota in October with Mom's ashes and for her funeral. Everything went okay, and the weather going, there and coming back behaved. I got lucky and missed all the storms, though the first day coming back was very wet, though not snowing, thank God. I brought Dad back with me. To die, I think. He'd been hospitalized and in a nursing home because he wasn't eating. The dementia from the stroke 11 years ago has finally taken a toll. It's also possible that his lung cancer, which was dead/in remission for over 10 years, may be coming back. Given his age and the dementia, there's nothing to be done for the cancer if it is back. (The life expectancy for most lung cancer patients is 2 years, so he's beaten the odds there quite a bit.) But he's still not eating; he has no appetite and foods he used to love have no taste for him any more. There are days when Bernie eats more than he does. He's down to 113 lbs now; he was 150 3 years ago. So, it's a matter of keeping him comfortable - not that easy some days when he gets violent (again, the dementia). We're trying some new meds for the dementia that may or may not work. We'll see. I am not putting him in a nursing home. For mentally damaged patients, as with Mom, I think they're not very conducive to recovery, unless someone can afford a 24-hr babysitter. Nursing homes are understaffed and the personnel overworked, caring for a dozen or more patients at a time, and have no time to be with someone with dementia all the time. And that's what he needs. (If you've ever cared for a mentally damaged person, you know what I mean.) It's not easy, and I'm tired physically and mentally, but at least he's with someone who loves him and not in an institution, and he won't die alone, as happens to so many people in nursing homes. At least, he likes it here, and I can get him out several times a week to church or the store or just for a ride in car. So, that's it for now. More when there's something new going on, like a new fanfic. :-) , which won't be for a while.
This has been a devastating month. Three days before Mom and I were to move to Palm Desert, she was hospitalized for pain. Unfortunately, I had to make the move without her as helpers and a tenant for our place had all been arranged. She was first in Kaiser Irvine, then transferred to Riverside kaiser, and finally to a nursing center in Palm Desert. While they didn't know what had caused the pain and continued to cause pain intermittently, there was no reason to believe that she wouldn't be home and happy in the new house. It wasn't to be. After bouts with pneumonia and several secondary infections, she took a sudden turn for the worse, and is now home under hospice care. It is just a matter of time now as she isn't eating or even taking many fluids. With the dementia, she doesn't know for the most part what is happening.
I was born in Hungary, moved to the U.S. when I was 5 with my parents, grew up primarily in New York City and NY State, before moving first to Colorado (gorgeous, but in time too cold) and then to California where, God willing, I'll spend the rest of my hopefully long days. I have no human children, but currently have a rather large chihuahua, whose picture is much cuter than mine, so I've posted it. I was barely a teenager when HH first aired, so you can guess my age if you want to. :-)
I have been a closet writer for as long as I can remember. I'd make up stories of all kinds based on books, some movies, TV shows, whatever. But I never admitted it to anyone, though my high school English teacher did think I had talent. :-) Most of those stories never made it to paper for many long years. But in time, I did start scribbling them down in secret. Writing became much easier once I discovered the joys (and woes) of word processing. But it was still a deep dark secret, kept from everyone, including my family. Until I became involved with Deep Space 9 fandom. Though I vaguely knew fan fiction existed, I discovered that there were dozens, hundreds, of people actually writing stories about characters I grew to love. And actually publishing it. So, to my astonishment, I worked up the nerve to self-publish a Deep Space 9 story. And, to paraphrase a commercial, they liked it! In time, Deep Space 9 became 5 stories (which will be posted here eventually).
Sadly, Deep Space 9 took off into directions that I didn't like (neither did many viewers as they slowly left the show). Then a local station started airing Hogan's Heroes - 2 episodes a day, every single day. I began taping them and retaping them until I'd recorded and edited all of them over the course of 2-3 years. Well, all that watching and rewatching - back to the computer, and Theater of War was born. I wasn't sure there was much of a market for it; I knew of only one other print HH publisher, but what the hey? So, in 1996, Theater of War: Act One appeared in book form. And, to my surprise, there were others who liked it as well. Eventually, Act Two appeared, then Act Three and Act Four, the last in 2003. I discovered the Internet sometime after Act One came out, but save for the beginning chapters it was never posted online. It wasn't until Act Four that I allowed a couple of sites to post the Acts online.
I had hoped that Act Five would follow soon after Act Four, at least within a year or so. Unfortunately, real life - work and 2 aging parents - interfered. And if truth be told, I was tired by then. And there is all that WWII history to catch up on! (Note to self- Stop Buying Books!) :-) So, to get myself back into HH and the Acts, I decided to post them here. At least, it's getting me back into the HH mood again. :-) So, here are the first four Acts complete.
Act Five will only be posted when it's finished. My writing and thinking aren't very linear. So, maybe half of Act Five is done, but it's all over the place. :-) So, if you enjoyed the first four, I'm afraid you'll have to wait until all of Five is done. And then there's Six . . .
Well, I've started posting Scene Two to Act Four. I wasn't going to post it until October. However, my nearly disabled parents are coming back to live with me in early October, which means I'll be a bit busy then, and which will mean some drastic changes around here. Hence the complete posting of Act Four this month. In time, I hope to actually finish Act Five. I'm afraid you'll have to bear with me.
Because I've been asked to, I've started a yahoo group for the purpose of discussing Theater of War - plots, characters, WWII history, whatever. It's called HogansHeroesTheaterofWar. Come on by is you're interested.
Act Four is finished, and so is my posting for awhile. I'm off to Minnesota to pick up Mom; Dad will fly out next month (if it goes according to plan). Until things settle down, I won't be able to work on A5, at least the writing part of it. I may post the DS9 stories; I'll have to see how it goes. Given what happened the last 2 seasons of DS9, they're now considered AU stories. :-) But I think they're a good read. :-) Until next time, take care.
I'd love to hear from you if you enjoyed the stories, or even if you didn't. Constructive criticism please. Feel free to email me. Thanks!
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