January 25, 2007

Thursday, January 25, 2007
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Burns Night
Virginia Woolf’s birthday

Have a laugh at my attempts at herbal studies over on Kemmyrk.

Check out the poetry news on Circadian.

Sometimes, you lose.

I lost yesterday, to the migraine. I managed to get some admin work done, but I thought my head was going to explode. It was the type that also creates nausea, so all was unhappy.

I wonder if the stuff the exterminator used triggered it.

It’s not supposed to affect humans or pets adversely, but I somehow doubt it.

However, the cats were fine (thank goodness), but I was not.

I tried everything – lying down, gel pack, passive traction with the rubber balls at the base of the skull.


So I caved by 2:30 and took a Canadian pain pill. It took the edge off, and made it difficult to focus. After awhile, I was able to read for short periods of time, but not any of my research material.

I managed to finish Archie Mayor’s The Ragman’s Memory. What a wonderful, thoughtful, clever, enticing book. I definitely want to read the entire series.

In response to the responses to yesterday’s second entry, “How to be a Full-Time Writer” (if you haven’t read it, scroll down): I forgot how many of you recently joined me on this journey. I’m in the midst of TRANSITIONING from two full-time careers into the full-time writing. I lost eight months of the transition fighting the developers last year, who were trying to drive out the 100+ families in this building. So I’m a little behind schedule, but, for once in my life, I’m TRANSITIONING instead of LEAPING. I’ve already cut way back on the theatre and increased the writing. That steady progress has to continue. In this case, a break as opposed to a flow is the wrong choice.

It was a choice I SHOULD have made back when it was pointed out to me over a dozen years ago. But I didn’t. In some ways I’m glad I didn’t, but in some ways, I know it makes the hill all that much steeper to climb now. It points out consequences of a road not taken. As glad as I am to have had 20+ years in the theatre, it took a toll on my writing and the overall flow of the writing career.

And I certainly wouldn’t cut and run when I made a commitment to the show until the beginning of March. Once I make a commitment, I do everything I can to keep it.

To bed early last night, because I could not get rid of the migraine. It’s a combination of the physical factors of the demands of the show and the mental demands of trying to balance the writing and the theatre work.

The migraine woke me up at 5:30, so I got up to start the day. A long session of yoga and plenty of coffee (in spite of the warnings about caffeine with migraines, it helps mine), helped. And, once the snow began, the pre-storm pressure lifted, leaving just the migraine.

Because I’m a swing, and I cover when others are out, calling in sick is not an option. So I’ll take some Excedrin migraine and work through it.

Managed to get some decent work done on Changeling. Working on it alleviated some of the migraine pain – probably because it released the tension built up by not writing. Although I have a loose outline, I find each chapter creates itself and its world, and the process of discovery is exciting. I feel as though I have the best of both worlds – the world of pre-planning, and the world of blank-paging. Let’s hope it all holds together for a coherent story.

Since “Illuminated Nude” is far more complex than I originally expected, I need to work on the other two stories due by the end of the month first and make sure they get out. “Illuminated Nude” would be great to include, but I’m not going to rush through it and hurt the story – especially since it’s not a deadline with a signed contract.

I have a lot to clear off my desk before I start doing full weeks on the show again. Next week will have to be very long days of practical work rather than creative work.


Chasing the Changeling – 17,217 words out of est. 45,000

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
17 / 45


  1. Ouch on the migraine, I used to suffer from those and the only thing I could do was get a shot from the doctor, go home and sleep. Oddly enough, I quit getting them when I stopped taking acetamenophen (sp?).

    It really looks like you’re coming along great on the writing. You know, I think that’s the way I do it – loose outline. I’m not a total panster.

    I hope you get to feeling better.

  2. Migraines suck. Especially the kind that beat you down like that. Hmmmm, I want some of those Canadian pills! 😉

    Glad you’re better. And I think you’re wise, going the route you’ve gone. You shouldn’t have any regrets about the road you’ve taken. It’s worked for you, and although the transition to full-time writing is more challenging, YOU can handle the challenge. I bet you wouldn’t trade your memories for anything! 🙂

  3. Everyone has a pth in life they are supposed to take. Who says it doesn’t diverge? *g* Sorry to hear of your migraine, as a fellow sufferer I can sympathize. I hope today is better for you and that the dratted migraine stays away!

  4. Oh, I know how you feel! Even though my headaches are caused by chronic tension, (which, I have a feeling stems from a sports-related accident in high school and further enflamed by a car wreck three years ago), I know the feeling of not having any relief from the pounding and agony. Even sleep doesn’t do the trick sometimes.

  5. I hope you’re feeling better. Magrains are the worst.

    I think you’re making an informed decision about your future. You know where you want to go and how to get there…just getting there is now all that’s left. 🙂

  6. You gotta love Excedrin. I hope you feel better.

  7. Boy, those migraines sound awful. Hope you feel better. And that is amazing about Arthur Miller – congrats. This sounds like a good time for you to do the transition – you’ve proven you can excel in the theater, so you’ve got nothing else to prove to yourself, so you can give your writing your all. (hope that made sense).

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