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It’s Time to Stop Writing for the Day When the Pain Becomes Blinding

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Managed 1.5K words on the new novel. Meant to try to wrap up the “Kiyohime” short story, but I wanted to put down a couple thoughts on Dragon Queller. “A couple thoughts” turned into “this scene” which turned into “this scene plus this bridge” which turned into “this chapter.”

Now head hurts a lot. Pain radiating down my neck and spreading to my shoulder. Looking at the monitor makes my eyes go squinty, and my stomach’s all queasy from the owing. Stupid of me, really, but I’d always figured that “suffering for one’s art” was figurative.

I think it’s time to call to call it done for the day. And take a handful of pills.

 

Originally published at EugieFoster.com. You can comment here or there.

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On November 19th, 2010 11:25 pm (UTC), dream_wind commented:
Sounds like a sensible plan. For future reference, when you can't type simple words like "the," you forget your main character's name, or you can't pick up your water glass, it's also time to stop.
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On November 22nd, 2010 02:13 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Duly noted. 'Course if I'm in that bad a shape, I'm not sure if I'd have enough cognitive faculties left to remember your sage advice.
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On November 20th, 2010 01:26 pm (UTC), threeoutside commented:
I'm sorry to hear you're in pain! I hope by now (Saturday morning) it's gone away and you're feeling wonderful.

But I also HAVE to tell you, I read "it’s time to stop writing for the day when the pain becomes blinding" as having the sense like "saving for the day when I'm free to travel" - er, dunno if that's clear. For an instant I thought you'd been writing with blinding pain as the *goal*, and had decided to stop. I"m glad that wasn't it at ALL, but it does occur to me that it might make a title for some Jay Lake story...lol
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On November 22nd, 2010 02:11 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Hee! I like your interpretation better. Although that would make me far, far more of a masochist than I am. I mean, writing is already enough of an exercise in self-flagellation without the need for blinding headaches...
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On November 22nd, 2010 02:13 pm (UTC), threeoutside replied:
No kidding.
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