Monday, January 23, 2012

What happens when you can't write?

three pens, six nibs, public domain

We've had a situation in my house for the last couple of weeks. My husband had knee replacement surgery and the knee part is doing great. Not so for the patient, though. He first had a rare drug reaction, then another one, then another one. He doesn't remember much of the last two weeks and, for most of that time, didn't know where or who he was. Needless to say, I haven't gotten much writing done!

The drug problems seem to be mostly (ALL, I hope!) over and I need to get back to writing! But I've gotten out of the habit. Now, how did I used to approach my day?

The internet contacts and messages have gotten out of hand while I've been mostly absent, so I'm madly skimming, deleting, and archiving most of it. I'll probably miss something vitally important, like the top agent that has fallen in love with my writing and wants to give me a full-page NYTimes ad when my next novel comes out. Maybe he/she will write again after I delete that email.

Logic tells me, when I look around, that I should clean up the office first, but I'm VERY anxious to get back to the WIP I left hanging in December. And there are tax files from 2011 to organize before 2012 info starts piling up. Maybe a little of each task every day? I'm not like that. I like to finish things.

I have been jotting down notes in case I want to do to a character what was done to my poor husband. The things he was saying under the influence were so funny that I was laughing and crying at the same time. That kind of thing needs to be used.

Well, time to help hubby with some physical therapy. After that, ONWARD!

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  1. Hang in there, Kaye! You've had so much on your plate the last few weeks. By the way, we had 5 winners from our Goodreads giveaway for All Things Dark and Dastardly. I will mail out their copies this week!

  2. Thanks. I hope to be at the group in February!

  3. Sorry to hear about the hubby, Kaye, and hope everything is now resolved about his meds and his knee will quickly heal. You'll get back in your groove soon! Good luck, and happy new year.

  4. Yes, thanks, Jan! I think we're over the worst of the drug reactions. And through it all his knee is doing great. I did some editing today and yesterday!

  5. So glad to hear he's getting through it finally, and that you are, too. My friend Judy had a similar reaction after her knee surgery. Ouch.

    The way to get back into your writing? You know the drill: butt in the chair, fingers on the keyboard!

  6. You're right, Edith. And the butt and the fingers in place for more than five minutes at a time. Next month this will be a distant memory!