The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

9 Jul

Hi, everyone

The good news is that I finished the first draft of The Long-Range War (A Learning Experience V) and, after an extensive edit, it is currently working its way through Amazon Kindle. Hopefully, it will be available from tomorrow. I’ll put up a sample and suchlike on the website when its actually up. The Broken Throne will be coming next.

The Long Distance War Edit 3

The bad news is that my health is still veering backwards and forwards. I was able to write for eight or so days after returning from Amsterdam, then my health decided to collapse again on Wednesday afternoon and get much worse on Friday. The NHS has been very little help: none of the treatments they have suggested have been more than briefly effective, while its boroucractic inefficiency has slowed any further investigations, either public or private. I tried to go to a private clinic for more detailed investigations, at my own expense, but apparently I need a letter of referral from my GP first. I had to wait a week for an appointment with the GP to get the letter, which was apparently dispatched last Monday … and still hasn’t reached its destination. You’d think a private clinic would be happy to take anyone willing to pay.

And, for that matter, you’d think the cash-strapped NHS would be delighted to shovel a patient onto a private clinic at the patient’s own expense. <rolls eyes>.

Ah, the joys of socialised medicine. The NHS is good at some things, but others … not so good.

Anyway, we’re off on a small break to celebrate our anniversary. And then it’s back to the grindstone.


22 Responses to “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly”

  1. Billy July 9, 2018 at 8:05 pm #

    You may have to use what I call * Dr Internet

    Research your symptoms yourself on the internet.

    That’s what I do sometimes

    • Pyo July 16, 2018 at 11:29 am #

      According to the Internet you are practically dead no matter what it is …

  2. Billy July 9, 2018 at 8:38 pm #


    If you have the money, fly to here the USA and go to a Dr

  3. James Jeffery July 9, 2018 at 8:41 pm #

    I’m sorry to hear you’re unwell and have had such a poor experience with the NHS. It’s fantastic when working as it’s supposed to and a nightmare when it isn’t, hopefully you’ll get the treatment you need soon. I am looking forward to your coming publications Get well soon.
    James Jeffery

    • Pyo July 16, 2018 at 11:30 am #

      The obvious fallacy her is believing that private medicine with the same incompetent people running it will be any better.

      • Shrekgrinch July 16, 2018 at 6:15 pm #

        If the incompetent people are in the private practice, then that private practice would not be in business for long.

      • Pyo July 17, 2018 at 9:24 am #

        Yeah, right, in some fantasy world where a patient a) can accurately judge the competence of a Doctor, b) doesn’t in 9/10 cases go to the nearest one anyway.

        Can’t believe people still think privatization actually solves anything on virtue of being privatized alone. There’s so many examples out there to look at …
        Not saying it can’t be part of a solution for some problem. But it’s not some panacea to society’s woes.

        (same for making anything state-controlled, of course)

  4. Kaesha July 9, 2018 at 10:15 pm #

    Seriously, I hope you get better and to take it easy if you need to and not push yourself to hard. Us fans out there love the books you write, but wouldn’t want you to overstretch yourself. Thanks for the amazing stories so far Chris! We hope for a recovery!

  5. patdailey July 9, 2018 at 11:09 pm #

    OK…… I owe you a great deal of stress reduction points from my IT consulting job. You kept me sane. I love and have read every genre you have written BUT… your health is far more important than the next book.

    What are your symptoms? Come to the U.S.. We don’t have socialized medicine, yet. I can do some research on specialists. My Daughter in-law is a Dr.; she can help.

    Talk to me!!!!!!

  6. Bob July 10, 2018 at 12:02 am #


    Phone the consultants secretary, tell him/ her
    That the referral letter from Doctor X is in the pipeline and you should get an immediate appointment!

  7. Shrekgrinch July 10, 2018 at 12:35 am #

    I hope it isn’t serious.

    BTW, found Book 5 on Amazon and bought it. But it doesn’t show up as one of the series.

  8. Issac July 10, 2018 at 3:27 am #

    all I can do is hope for good luck in regards to ypur health… love your work…

  9. johntae71 July 10, 2018 at 6:42 am #

    If you’re going to do “Retail” health care, take a trip to Busan South Korea. There’s travel packages for international patients. Do the whole family. They’re much more thorough.

    My In-laws had me to a physical while I was there, made the ones in the US look like a joke.

  10. Anarchymedes July 10, 2018 at 11:21 am #

    It’s the same here in Australia: you need a referral letter from your GP for a specialist to see you. Once, my GP started to google my symptoms in front of me; I told him I’d already done that, and then, in mock desperation, he went, ‘So, tell me, how do I treat you?!’ Afterwards, he gave me the referral letter.
    Seriously, I wouldn’t trust Dr. Google too much: just find a better GP, who’s not too proud to admit he doesn’t know something.

  11. Martin Stallard July 10, 2018 at 12:11 pm #

    Have you had your vitamin D levels checked, If you are not taking a vitamin D supplement your levels will be low and it is part of your immune system.

  12. G July 10, 2018 at 6:38 pm #

    You frequently need a referral letter from a GP to see specialists even in the U.S., so make sure of any requirements before you travel…hope you get well soon,,,

    • Shrekgrinch July 10, 2018 at 9:07 pm #

      Only because US insurance companies require it. But just coming over with cash, no problemo.

      • G July 11, 2018 at 12:55 am #

        In Minnesota, some top specialists are so booked you still need a referral–even paying cash…

  13. Gareth July 10, 2018 at 8:20 pm #

    The NHS is awesome. Go and see a private GP as they can refer you. Your GP should have a copy of the letter so you could just get that rather than waiting. Amy details about the corps?

  14. gbarbay00 July 11, 2018 at 7:46 pm #

    Wishing you a speedy recovery!

  15. Drowe July 22, 2018 at 7:45 pm #

    I just finished the book after rereading the entire series, and unfortunately I was disappointed. Not by the quality of writing nor the story in and of itself, but because the core premise isn’t plausible within established canon, which broke my suspension of disbelief.

    I’m referring to the ability to destabilize a gravity point, which is what in the end of “Hard Lessons” forced the Tokomak to surrender rather than retreat through the gravity point. The implication of that is, that a defending force should be able to close a gravity point whenever they find themselves under attack, or at least make a gravity point assault virtually impossible regardless of how large a fleet the attacker has. From the perspective of the Solar Union, even if it risked closing the gravity point permanently it would have been worth it since all they really need is time. Forcing the Tokomak to take a much longer route to attack earth which also stretches their supply lines, would have been the best strategy given the circumstances.

    Obviously that wasn’t the story you wanted to tell, but you could have pointed out that option and given an explanation why the Solar Union couldn’t or wouldn’t use that strategy. Be it for political reasons, like the other races threatening to declare war if the Solar Union messed with the gravity points, or because the one time it did happen was a fluke and the scientists don’t know how it happened or maybe it’s too expensive to destabilize a gravity point for prolonged periods of time.

    Other than that I don’t have complaints, and I really loved the new character Hameeda and the LinkShip.

    Hope your health improves soon,

    Best wishes,

  16. Glenna July 23, 2018 at 5:00 am #

    Hey, I hope you read this, but have you ever thought of crossing over to the other side of the ocean, and into New York to see a doctor?

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