I Had the Flu

At about the time my last post went live, I was taking my temperature for the first time. It was Wednesday before I was finally done with that mess, if still exhausted and thoroughly sick of being sick. So this is not going to be a really long post.

Even so, it’s almost Christmas and there are a few presents I’m so thankful for from this past week.

First, the MVPs:

  • My mom (for doing all the things, even though she just got through this herself)
  • My dad (same! But he was still kind of sick so that much harder)
  • Understanding employers (also it being almost Christmas so work schedules were already lighter which was wonderful)
  • Brother (was not sick, the lucky bugger, but also put up with my random texts from boredom and all that)

Now the fun little things:

  • Sleeping through the night (best thing ever not waking up at midnight needing more Nyquil just to fall unconscious)
  • The weird orange juice finally tastes weird again (I was desperate for something with a little sugar in it, I guess)
  • Waking up with a story in my head instead of an observation about a dry mouth or sweating or one of the other symptoms I woke up with
  • I can make my bed and not just lie in it all day
  • Also, changing clothes is wonderful and not something to be taken for granted
  • And showers, those are great

These are just a few of the things I made note of right after I started getting better. I’m sure there are more wonderful gifts I’ve been given over the past week. Like finishing up my own Christmas prep just in time! (Except for one thing, but that got tanked by the flu week and that was just it)

Merry Christmas! Hope no one gets sick.


When coming up with a subject for this week’s blog post, the only thing that came to mind was the short story I was working on. Which in turn made me think of how I had created this story, and that in turn made me think of audience, and how it relates to writing. I’ve never paid much heed to it, but this particular story was shaped by its audience, and so was a lesson in how maybe there was more to it than I ever gave credence to. Continue reading “Audience”

NaNoWriMo 2017: Finale

This one really came down to the wire, which is new for me. Not the most fun thing ever, if I’m being honest.

It’s been an interesting week, schedule-wise. I started Monday being one day ahead of the target word count. Monday was my mom’s birthday so between work and getting ready for that and then actually enjoying the party, not a whole lot of words. (Also the first two parts of the Arrowverse crossover, if I’m being totally honest. And I can’t even regret it because by that point I needed the chance to chill.) I basically lost a day here.

Tuesday was pretty normal, but normal includes work and some laundry and more work and then dance which is fun but does take time. So that made things difficult but I managed to do a little more than the 1667 it takes to meet the daily goal and actually made it partway through Wednesday’s.

Then Wednesday. Wednesday was a longer than normal workday, and since I’m a babysitter I can’t exactly say “no, I’m taking the time off to write.” (Well, I could but it would make things hard for the families and I really don’t want to do that.) Even so, I came within 1500 words of the end goal.

And finally, Thursday. Another long day, and at this point I am also tired. (Not nearly as tired as some of the kids I babysit for, but that’s what happens when they get up in the middle of the night.) More babysitting, and this time it also involves driving, which is a blessing and a curse. Curse because I’m all over the place and half the locations I’ve never even been there so I’m relying entirely on my GPS. Blessing, because this kid had a cello lesson and a dentist appointment and that last is where I managed to reach 50,000 words. (At least, according to Scrivener’s word count, which is a bit more generous than the validating tool on Nanowrimo.org so I still had a few words to go but let me have this!)

After that it was a simple matter to wrap up once I made it home, and all in time to watch The Orville, which was my reward for finishing. If I hadn’t, my mom had my full permission to spoil the whole thing for me. Thank goodness I made it, because I hate spoilers.

(No tallies for this one, because I don’t feel like doing math. But I won!)