Today is going to be all about the chemicals versus the pain. Thus far, I have downed: 1 20 MG Adderall XR capsule, 2 Sudafeds, 2 Extra Strength Tylenols, and 1 pot of green tea. Hoping that the wracking headache and drooping sense of fatigue lift shortly. I think it must be something about the turning of the season. I seem to remember having similar headaches at this time last year. Unhappy sinuses, maybe? Or maybe it's the little man with the iron club inside my skull. Ow.
Also, to my great distress (and near myocardial infarction), the smoke alarm went off a little while ago--the one right outside the library door where I'm working. Very double not good on nerves or for headaches. I'm still rather baffled as to what set it off, as well as what prompted it to cease its ear-shattering wails. I'm thinking it was a mischievous fey or ghostie. Or perhaps it was the cinnamon in my cream of wheat.
My brain hurts.
reddherring1955 put together three fantastic writerly "Ten Reasons" lists: "Ten Reasons Why I Write," "Ten Negative Things I Have Learned (Mostly About Myself) from Writing Fiction," and "Ten Positive Things I Have Learned from Writing Fiction." I'd link to them, except the big chicken has friends-locked that post ( you know I love you, Swamp Queen).
Edit: reddherring1955 unlocked her post! Therefore, I give you listie goodness.
Ah, you mentioned my lists. So I unlocked the post in case anyone else has an interest. I really think this exercise is best when you do it for yourself. Since reading your "Ten Things I've Learned from Writing Finction," I've had quite a burst of energy after I took the trouble to expand the topic and compose my own lists.
Sorry the little man with the mallet is back. Maybe the chemical bath will melt him away like the W3.
I will have to pick up the Cricket with the story that makes you cry. That happens with me all the time; makes readings tough. And good luck with Eric Flint. When I have heard him at conventions, he impressed me with his knowledge and love of the genre. I bet he will also love your story!
I was just teasing, y'know, sweetie. But I'm glad you opened it up for other writers to see and grok along with.
I hope the burst of energy keeps on firing.
"That happens with me all the time; makes readings tough."
Really? I'm so glad I'm not the only one. 'Course now I'm doubly terrified of doing readings . . . if that's even possible.
In this corner, Brit -- weighing twenty pounds more than she should, unshowered and barely awake. Her secret weapon -- Percocet!
And in this corner, PAINPAINPAINOMGPAIN, weighing heavily on the psyche. His non-so-secret weapon -- PAIN!
(The fluffy bunny will referee.)
It occurs to me that we go through a lot of the same sh*t at the same times. Are we on the same "cycle"? ;-)
I am much adoring your fluffy bunny referee. He looks like the perfect thing to squeeze when one is floored by agony.
"It occurs to me that we go through a lot of the same sh*t at the same times. Are we on the same "cycle"?"
Huh. Y'know you're right. We're either peculiarly in sync or there's something in the Alpharetta air which lays both of us out in similar ways--or both. Oof.
Hi, Eugie, Jaye Lawrence here--you said some kind things about my short-short story "Fallen Idols" last year, and I think we swapped crits on Critters back when I was actively participating there.
I'm enjoying keeping up with your writing news on your LJ--but so sorry you're having a painful day. Hope it eases soon.
"Was it Paula who sent it up to Eric?"
Yepper. Does Baen's have other submissions editors? All of my previous correspondences have always been with Paula.
"Did you send it through the regular slush or the sluch for the Introducing slot?"
Regular slush. I'm not eligible for their "Introducing" slot. Did the story you sold them go through the Baen's Bar/Introducing process?
Paula is the only one that I've worked with, but that was through the Introducing slush, so I didn't know how it works at the regular level. Are you going to be at World Fantasy Con in Austin TX this year? I'll be there, as will Paula and a bunch of the other Baen folks.