Friday, January 22, 2016

Nothing Worse Than Sickness Invading Your Writing Life

Through these last couple of years while writing Lore I have come to a startling resignation - no matter how hard I try to push myself to have it ready for publishing, something will stand in my way to prevent any deadline from being reached. I'm not really sure why that is, but it is getting nerve racking. 

I recently had talked to my critique partner and editor about the possibility of running out of time to have the book printed for ComicCon in June, and they have both been on board with me to rush it a little. Then what happens?! I get pneumonia!!! Of all things - pneumonia!!

I have never had it, in fact I rarely get sick except for the occasional cold, but needless to say, it is really hard to concentrate on any type of writing when you feel this awful. It took me 4 days just to critique my partner's chapter, and a friend had sent me some pages to read of her new work and I couldn't wrap my head around anything. I finally got my comments back to her yesterday and she sent it to me last Friday.

I have decided I would probably do more harm than good if I attempted to work on my book. I have the edits back from Michael, and 4 chapters of critiques from Robin that I can't seem to do, but I think I still need to give it a couple more days. 

I actually miss my book, but I don't want to screw it up further when I'm trying to fix some things. That would defeat the purpose for the hold up in publishing. But I will be back at it by Sunday, or at least that's the plan.

I'm sure all next week I'll be playing catch-up, but rest assured, I will catch up. I am determined to get this finished as soon as humanly possible, or truly what life allows me to do.

So don't give up on me. I should have the next ten chapters to Michael in 2 weeks for editing. It will happen - the good lord willin' and the creek don't rise. Lore will be published, one way or another!

Has life continuously handed you roadblocks, but you pressed on and got through it, no matter what it was? Leave me a comment and tell me your struggled journeys. I'm sure I'm not the only on who has Murphy living in the spare bedroom. 

Take care and have a great weekend, Lisa


  1. One day at a time, Lisa. It'll get done. Hope you get better soon. Blessings.

  2. Michael Says, "As things come, so they shall go. All shall wait contentedly for the Universe is Slow."

    Re pneumonia: I'm active with a group of email folks who regularly chat about the various one person CRPGs they're playing -- games like Skyrim, Witcher, Fallout 4 etc. Most of them are folks in their 50s and 60s, and all except me are nonsmokers. I'd come down with a bit of a nasty congestive thing after Christmas myself and was doing some self-kicking about what effect my smoking have had with it -- only to then discover that roughly half (six out of 11) of our gamers group, scattered all over the country, ALL had the same thing! Actually for three of them it seemed to develop into full fledged pneumonia/bronchial-pneumonia.

    In the discussion of how it was hitting all of us so simultaneously it hit me that one of my "Zombie Apocalypse" predictions about the smoking bans in airplanes and the 80% or so reduction in fresh air they were able to get away with afterward could very well have been a real factor here as people traveled all around through airports and airplanes for Thanksgiving and Christmas! All that recirculated air in crowds of people provides an *absolutely* ideal environment for any airborne plague. We've just got to keep our fingers crossed that we don't see some sort of airborne variation of Ebola with a week-long+ infectious incubation period come along or we truly may end up with airplane smoking bans wiping out half the planet! (A problem the Djen have nicely avoided!)