Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Nothing Too Terribly Important

Utterly Random Thoughts

I feel icky. Hurt-all-over, achy, tired icky. I sneezed up a storm at work on Monday and I'm sure I went through half a box of tissue. After work, I went to the grocery store and picked up a can of tomato soup (soup and cold weather go together, y'know!) and some sugar free Pillsbury chocolate chip cookies. I figured out the secret to making them taste good - take them out of the oven before they're fully cooked and leave a nice, chewy, middle. Almost as good as the "hard" stuff. Boy, I sure do miss being able to eat all those yummy things...but then I think about all the weight I've lost and I guess it's not so bad after all.

I had planned to write all evening long, but ended up watching Toy Story 2 (a classic!) with my daughter, helping her with her reading, doing the dishes and a few loads of laundry. I didn't want to do the last two, believe me - but it's always a good thing to have clean clothes in the morning. But my body wasn't too happy with me afterward.

Halfway Focused Thoughts

Some of the members of my local writing group are doing NaNoWriMo. I've thought about it, but not too seriously. I've tried it a few times before and bombed big time. Of course, I was in grad school at the time...

For some reason, I don't think I do too well with things like that. I always start out strong, but sort of run out of steam somewhere in the middle. I guess I work at my own pace and if it gets the novel done, then I suppose I'm doing ok. Which is why I'm incredibly frustrated at being sick right now. I want to be writing. There are those who say you should write even when you're sick, but I don't know that I agree. There's a reason you're sick - your body has had enough and needs to slow down and rest. Fighting that compulsion to rest only makes things worse - at least it does for me.

But then again...if the urge to write is strong, why resist?

Not My Thought At All

"The best writing advice I've ever heard: Don't write like you went to college." ~Alice Kahn


  1. Aww! Feel better! I'm doing NaNo--I chickened out at the last minute last year, so I'm coming to the contest contrite and humbled. *G*

  2. Feel better soon!

    When you're sick, it's best to listen to your body. The more you rest, the faster you heal. YOu can "write in your head"and jot notes, but don't push yourself unless the Muse is screaming so loudly you need the peace.

    RE: NaNo -- last year, I did it to see if I could focus on one project long enough to do 50K, since I'd spent the previous two years writing 8K/week on the four serials.

    This year, I'm doing it to hang out with other writers.

  3. Hope you feel better soon!

    I considered doing the Nanowrimo this year, but I'm not in a spot where I'd be writing anything new. I'm editing TOB and then editing Brimstone. I'd really like to try it though. Maybe next year...

  4. Hmm. With all the American Title stuff going on, I don't think NaNoWriMo is for me either. Maybe next year though.

    But then why not any old time? Who says we need a specific month to do it? If we wait until the time is *just* right, it might not ever happen!

    Excellent job with your weight loss, Melissa. I hope you feel better soon.

  5. Best wishes for a quick recovery! There seems to be lots going round everywhere these days.

    I still haven't decided about NaNoWriMo either.

  6. Oh no, I sure hope you feel better soon. And you're right, it's your body telling it to take it easy and rest...so do it if you can (I have young ones too so I know it's not always possible)


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