Life’s Notes


Life got in the Way the last few years….ugh.


When I say life got in the way, I mean life got in the way the last few years. All I had the time and energy for was trying to keep up with the characters of the Torn Apart Series. That in itself was hard enough. At the time, it seemed the only sanity in my life.

During the last seven years, I retired; my son, Michael, got very sick with heart complications from a congenital heart defect. 2015 was very difficult with resulting oxygen requirements, medical procedures, and many doctor’s appointments. It was a stress-filled time, but writing seemed to help. I could always escape to an apocalypse.

In February of 2019, Michael’s cardiologist admitted he could do nothing more for Michael and referred him to Adult Congenital Heart Defect at Texas Children’s in Houston. We started a (Hail Mary) round of testing. On April 25, 2019, the doctors at Texas Children’s placed three stents and closed two holes in Michael’s heart in a 10-hour heart catheterization procedure that removed his pacemaker. He’s doing fantastic now despite extensive liver damage; we take wins when we get them.

Since then, Michael has gained weight and is off oxygen and back to being a pretty healthy 48-year-old young man.  Of course, there are many follow-ups through 2019, then came 2020, and we had to worry about COVID-19. Good grief. Will life ever settle down? We’ve had to hide out for a year now. Finally, we feel we can come out of hibernation since we’re both vaccinated…


  1. Daniel F Von Hoene says:

    Dear C. A. Hoaks,
    Hi I’m Daniel F Von Hoene from Facebook. Just want to say I got blocked for 30 days because I called a Democrat a traitor. Facebook is making NEW Community Standards as we get closer to 2020, IN MY OPINION of course. I can give more details if you get this. Meanwhile I can read your stories.


  2. Tim Hemlin says:

    Nice twist! Zombie cheerleaders, how ironic . . . or is it?

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Jenny S Burke says:

    An unexpected ending. Very Halloweeny!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. leecreatingbad says:

    Very cool story – I’m a sucker for some good old fashioned zombie action and this one delivered!

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