Monday, September 04, 2006
Labor Day-Maybe Not
Happy Labor Day, everyone! I hope that most of you are enjoying a day off, filled with family, barbeque, and maybe even a nap. Sounds like heaven to me.
Unfortunately, I get to spend my Labor Day sick, along with Little Man. Our family has been passing around some kind of weird sinus/stomach virus hybrid. I feel like I have a cold, but when I'm tempted to eat my stomach hurts really bad. Very weird to me. I can't imagine what it feels like to my two-year-old. So we'll probably spend today much like yesterday: piled up on the couch watching cartoons on television. At least, I hope so.
One might think that all that time lying around would yield lots of pages worth of worthy prose, or at least a ton of notes. After all, what else do you have to do? And yet, I've always found it hard to write when I'm sick. My brain can't seem to concentrate for long before being interrupted by the overwhelming signals from my body. Writing with a sick child in your lap is nigh unto impossible.
I take that back. If I'm not sick, I can write just fine with one of my little darlings piled onto my lap, because I write my first drafts long hand. That's actually how I started writing. I wrote my first book longhand while nursing my oldest. But I'm not in that stage of this book, I'm in revisions. Which means the Alphasmart or the computer. Kind of hard to do either of those with a wiggling child.
Well, I'm off to check on Little Man's fever and give him his first dose of Robitussin for the day. While I'm busy, why don't y'all discuss whether you write when you don't feel well or not. For those of you who are published, how to you cope with this and a deadline?