Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Why Having a Cold Inhibits Mystery Writing

One of my primary Christmas gifts is a cold, bestowed upon my by my son, who in turn caught it at the germ factory known as grade school.

Today I need to do some major revisions on a book that I hope to be sending to my agent soon. Unfortunately, the following things are impeding my chances of getting that done.

1. Blogging is easier than revising.

2. I want to take a nap.

3. While my mind is racing with things I need to do, phone calls I need to make, new toys I need to put away, dishes I need to wash, etcetera--my body mostly wants to sit in a chair.

4. The office is the coldest room in the house. I would rather be sitting ON the heater, inside a tub of hot tea.

5. I found my morning shower to be a difficult task.

6. I want to take a nap.

7. I need to make some sort of nutritious food, but I don't have the wherewithal to open cabinet doors and make decisions.

8. Upon reflection, the entire book seems dumb.

9. The cat is sitting on me.

10. The children just popped in a movie--that's just about my speed.

Anyone else ever been in this bind?

(image from marthaschindler.com)


Bill Cameron said...

I've got a cold too. Bleh. And the cat spends a lot of time sitting on me too, and I have to energy to shoo her away so I can draw a breath or two.

No fair!

Julia Buckley said...

Hey, cool new picture!

I was hoping the cold would be gone by today, but no--still feel like yuck. And the problem is that I'm one of those people who schedules every part of her vacation (grading papers, etc), and now I'm way behind, which makes me feel terrible.

But on a lighter note, your book release is just around the corner! Do I get an ARC?

Lonnie Cruse said...

I'm having the same problem, not the cold, but getting the writing done what with Christmas, grandkids, friends, etc. Good luck with keeping to your schedule. Just think, we'll be hanging out in a hotel lobby, causing problems to passersby in little over a month. That alone should make you well.

Julia Buckley said...

Hey, Lonnie! Yes, I can't believe that you and I will soon be at Love is Murder. How shall we make trouble? Shall we smoke and wear red lipstick and fishnet stockings?

Yeah, the writing is a real drudge, especially since I may need to change a really BIG feature of it.

Shane Gericke said...

I vote for fishnets for Julia and Lonnie. I'd wear 'em too, but that would scare the gentry :-)Hope you're over your cold(s) soon!


Julia Buckley said...

Shane, I gave the cold to my husband. And I don't have fishnets, but they must still sell them somewhere . . .