Oh man, I have been so sick. I’ve had this nasty cough and cold for 10 days and haven’t been able to write or blog anything. My mind, a haze of sleep deprivation and germiness, just couldn’t come up with anything anyone would want to read.
At 2:30 a.m. I’d lie awake in a stupor and think, “I’m going to blog about how much this cough syrup I bought sucks. I’m going to tell my readers about how it’s left me stuck between sleep and awake and hasn’t even calmed my cough as it promised.” Thankfully I had enough awareness to know that no one wants to read that. Also the cough syrup had caused my fingers to become detached from my body floating lazily near my hands, but immovable.
Standing in the shower using the gross NeilMed sinus wash bottle to rinse out my nose – must avoid a sinus infection – I ponder how much money this peddler of squishy bottles and salt packets is worth. Maybe he’s one of those people who makes $99,000 every two weeks. My mind wanders to why so many salt packets come with each bottle I purchase, because I know I have an entire shoebox of salt packets in my linen closet: enough to rinse my nose out every day for years. I’m distracted from my revery by the green snot crab that has just landed in the bathtub and squiggles down the drain. After I dry off I realize that I should not blog about rinsing out my nose, because no one wants to read that.
This morning I woke up and knew I was feeling better because the words and stories returned to my brain. Soap day, my pretty fingernails, the flat-aloes I saw yesterday and the beautiful weather all poured into my head as likely blog topics I needed to write. Then my mind jumped to the critique I received on my novel from an agent and I longed to go downstairs and start removing the piles of “He smiled, he walked, he looked” worthless phrases from my novel. She said it made my story plod, and I don’t want to plod, I want to fly.
It’s such a relief to have the story gates open again and be able to step away from the sickness induced drivel that was drifting through my head the past ten days. I can’t wait to get started, but first I’m going to post publish on this post. I hope it doesn’t go viral.
Ba dum bum, ching!