In Which the Writer Has a Cold

Day Four: 0 of 50,000

No, I’m afraid that word count isn’t a typo or an oversight. I’ve written nothing on the new book so far.

I’m sick. I have an excuse.

I’m afraid I’ve come down with a cold. A torrential, horrible kill-me-now-or-at-least-knock-me-out cold.

And if you haven’t guessed, I’m a baby about being sick.

I don’t know exactly what combination it was that did it: stomach flu plus writing all night plus a poorly timed workout perhaps. But around Wednesday, I could feel fatigue weighing on me a bit too heavily.

Hoping to avoid burnout, I let myself take a mini-vacation. I went out and bought a stack of those popcorn-type books, the kind you can just eat up one after another. I cut myself some slack on the writing deadlines, and I kinda neglected the whole blog thing completely.

I guess it wasn’t enough, because here I am surrounded by tea and tissue boxes and I’m feeling like hell. Or maybe I was feeling tired because I was busy trying to fight off this bug. I don’t know.

Whatever the cause, when I’m sick like this, I can barely think enough to follow watching television shows, let alone compose a plot. So my word count remains empty.

Even this little post is a strain.

Oh, well. I’ll catch up writing as soon as I’m feeling better.

And then I’ll kick this month’s ass.


Keep writing, my friends. And if you catch a cold, you have my permission to lay around and watch marathons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Because that’s what I’ll be doing.


5 thoughts on “In Which the Writer Has a Cold

  1. Stomach flu is an evil twist on Dante’s inferno. I had it last week, and spent two days lying still as death in a darkened room. And when I was I able to sit up again, I did not feel one bit of guilt for watching two movies in a row–that is about all I could manage, and was a welcome distraction from my discomfort. Sometimes you just have to recharge your batteries. Hanging with Buffy sounds just about right. Feel better!

    1. Thanks, Naomi
      ! Strangely, it’s comforting that someone else has been taken out with illness lately – but stomach flu is so not fun. Ugh. I’m glad you’ve recovered.

  2. I’m sorry to hear that you’re sick. After three days I’m only now getting over a killer cold–and just in time to go back to work. Hooray.

    As for the writing, you know you’ll be able to do it. At least there are a full thirty-one days in this month, right? You hit your mark last month with only twenty-nine days to do it so now you’ve just got to do it again.

    Feel better soon. Also, Buffy is the shit.

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