My Writing Time Isn't Swelling As Much As My Elbow



You’d think only being able to sleep three or four hours at a stretch would increase my writing time. Unfortunately, some of the other side-effects of Prednisone—nausea, headache, tiredness, and don’t get me started on night sweats—have slowed me down. Worse, I haven’t experienced the side-effect I hoped for: loss of appetite.

But at least my arm feels better. Oh, wait … no, it doesn’t.

But I’ve been reading more, so there’s that. Also, we’ve edged closer to finishing preparations for the Girl Scout story, with the aim of having it on the “shelves” before the end of spring. Only four votes were received on the poll for a title, with “Best Session Ever” getting two and the other two split between “No Campfire, Girls” and “Who Keeps Singing?” (Although “No Campfire, Girls” is leading in comments.)

Some other interesting ideas came in. Jane and Lance Hattatt suggested “Girls On Fire”, which should not be taken literally. (No girls were harmed in the writing of this novella.) An honest to goodness Scout vet, April Isbell, suggested “Lackablazical”, which is kind of an inside joke and brilliant, but maybe too obscure.

Then there’s the fact that I still haven’t named my actual group, which is currently going by “Yellowbirds” for no good reason other than that it’s not “Girl Scouts”.  Considering Emily’s half done with the cover material and the story’s pretty much ready to be formatted, I’d better get cracking. And by that, I don’t mean my elbow.

6 comments:

  1. "No girls were harmed in the writing of this novella"... a pretty nessecary disclaimer!

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  2. Mark, years ago I had a close writer friend our group nicknamed "the jinx." Seriously, had it not been for bad luck, she would not have had any. She was a walking, talking personification of Murphy's Law.

    But I think you have her beat!

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    1. Well, there's also the good stuff that happens ... but it's not as easy to make the good stuff funny.

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  3. I think my writing hand is having empathy for your writing hand.

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    1. Surely most writers have had similar problems!

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