Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Writing While Sick

I get sick a lot, so I'll have to find a way to write through the malaise. I'm not interested in excuses, I have a career to drag out of the darkness and into the light of fame, fortune, and fun. The anti-excuses:

I should exercise more and drink slightly less.
Ignoring The Problem
Work it off!
Writing With My Eyes Closed
I'll just write by tapping away at the keyboard without looking at the screen, that way the damn sun won't get in the way of my masterpiece.
Having a Live-In Nurse
Oh, that won't help.
Vitamin C, take my troubles away!
Thinking About the Good Times
It was fun, those days of yore when I was not sick. I'd try to remember them, but I'm too sick.
Writing Horror 
Where...where a lot of people are sick?
Trying Too Hard
Nobody never died of no overwork.
Not Answering The Phone
Just a good idea in general, really.


I guess I'll go ask the Checker King what to do. Again.


In other news, I've been throwing myself into Scribus (page layout) in conjunction with Inkscape (vector graphics). I'm trying to format up a magazine for printing. Or anything really, I just want to be competent.

Is this a harbinger of things to come?


Words? Yes
Short Story "An Aesop Amidst the Fairy Dust", in which pizza is made for fairies.
Short Story "Players of the Nuclear Theremin", in which thereminers are put to useful purposes.
Short Story "All the Squirrels Have Gone", in which squirrels make no appearance.
Short Story "Monsieur Dant├Ęs' Inferno", in which a steampunk helicopter causes a stir.
Short Story "Estevanico", in which freedom comes at a price.
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Reading - "The Count of Monte Cristo" (Alexander Dumas)



  1. I get migraines and cluster headaches every few weeks. They leave me in a state in which the only acceptable activities are puking, puking, and poisoning my liver with intolerable levels of acetominophen, ibuprofen, and other over-the-counter drugs. Sometimes, if I'm lucky, during the afterglow where non-pain is bliss, I am struck by inspiration and write it down.

    Other times I just go to bed.

  2. Well, that's not healthy. I propose trepanning to get the evil spirits right out of there. Wait, you're in Canada, and probably have access to fancy doctors.

    Still, story idea?

    "The Canadian Witch Doctor"

  3. Sitting in bed (or bundled up at a desk) with a mug of tea and your laptop can be soothing to any illness (except perhaps the puking kind) so even if your energy level is low, writing can be done.

    I wish I could vegetate when sick, but my two year old won't let me. I hope you can vegetate.

  4. That's fair. Sickness does come in many different flavors. My main problem is knowing when I'm sick or when I'm just doomed.

    Writing while doomed is surprisingly effective.


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