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Complete blank-minded lethargy is my goal for today.  (I have a cold and I'm trying to at least wring some wisdom out of the experience of staying home for a day.)

So far, I haven't managed blank mind.  Done pretty well on lethargy.  Also making a fine showing on pessimism, theatrical suffering, and littering the area around my sofa. 

If I let the usual projects into my head, then they're all in trouble.  How was it ever possible that anyone could write Seabiscuit while downed by chronic fatigue?  I can't imagine it.  The writer should have been morosely obsessing.

Face hurts, kidneys tired. Eyes burn.

Must keep dark thoughts out of my head.

Started reading a new novel off my stack  (finished the Anita Brookner late last night, and late was probably a mistake.)  Chucked today's book; didn't hold me.  Soon to rouse the energy to reach for another one.

Perhaps having a cold will increase my empathy with people who are sick a lot. 

I'm not optimistic about that.

Got a whole lot to do tomorrow. But I will NOT think ahead.

Instead, soup.

A nap.

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  • February 21, 2013 at 1:59 pm Reply

    I want to see some of that theatrical suffering.  Really get INTO that feeling.  It may not increase your empathy but you'll be able to write about it more effectively when one of your characters get sick.  Plus the drama is a small compensation for all that suffering, don't you think?

    • February 21, 2013 at 3:02 pm Reply

      This is wise advice, Dr. Burgo. I’ll start throwing Kleenex.

  • BoBraxton
    February 22, 2013 at 7:50 am Reply

    nap soup

  • February 22, 2013 at 8:30 am Reply

    Oh no, Peggy!  I have been battling this bug for a month.  It's terrible.  The fatigue keeps coming and the sinus headache is torture.  I call it the knifeintheeyeball headache.  Nothing helps, except hard liquor. Hot toddies, especially.  But they increase the fatigue, so it's back to bed and stay there.  I did manage to read five books in five days.  It was all I could do to prop a book up in bed.

    I hope you get better soon!  (((hugs)))

    • February 22, 2013 at 10:09 am Reply

      This sounds dreadful, Beth. I’m sorry. I seem to have gotten off easy, feeling much better today. Hot toddies still sound good, though.

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