Me? I finished NaNoWriMo, or Nano Rhino, as we call it around here. I am a winner! See how this fancy gif tells you that?!? So I have 50,022 words, all about a similar topic, blended together into one document that we’ll call “The First Draft”. On January 1, after a one month break from “The First Draft”, I plan to print it out and ruthlessly re-write almost every stinkin’ sentence. As I told my writing partner, I felt more like I was directing traffic with a keyboard than magically creating a story.
The book is, mainly, about my Dad’s battle with MDS and Leukemia. Ya know the saying “no tears in the writer, no tears in the reader…”? well, this book has tears, from the writer at least. I tried to handle it lightly and keep it full of the grace and humor with which my Dad fought the illnesses. But much like the physiological reaction to the stress I had at the time, my body started shutting down as I was writing.
The morning after I started writing about Dad’s last day, I woke up with either a stomach virus or food poisoning. Yup, ole Hurley Joe was back for one last round of “maybe you shouldn’t revisit this trauma just yet.” I was the kind of sick where you lay on the cold bathroom floor cause the bed is too far away, pull the cat’s sleeping pillow under your head and just drape a bath towel over you while you try and sleep for just 5 minutes. On a positive note, I tried Head-On (applied directly to my forehead), because the headache I had was overwhelming and I couldn’t even keep water down. That stuff works pretty well! (and BTW, did you know that Pepto Bismal gives you a black tongue? I just found that out/fascinating.)
After a few days (which included Thanksgiving, America’s eating holiday) I sipped my broth and said “Screw You Body! I’m finishing this thing, so SUCK IT!” Suck it indeed. The knot in my belly kicked like a p.o.’d fetus, but I sallied forth and viola! Winner GIF! And hopefully, in a year or so, after 2 rewrites, copy edits and reviews from trustworthy sources, securing an agent and a publisher…a Barnes & Noble best seller. Like Magic!
I guess I’ll get back to pressing matters. So you peeps have a Happy Hannukah, Good Yule, Sweet Solstice and Merry Christmas. Don’t drink and drive, but say yes to fun and have the best time you possibly can!