My writing has been somewhat sidetracked for the last month, but this has been a worse week. During the cold itself I wasn’t able to write much. Instead of words, I was creating random keyboard strikes while coughing.
One of the stories I’m co-writing I’ve had problems dredging up enthusiasm for. I was banging my head against a window. I could see where I wanted to go, but no matter how hard I pushed, I couldn’t break through the glass. I thought it had to do with the monster cold, but even as I felt better, I was still blocked. Julie and I had a talk about the plot and character motivations, and we seem to be back on track.
With that problem solved, my next goals were to get ready for Chaos Wolf’s developmental edit, outline the finish Lucy Harker, and begin setting research for a story. Thursday, I took Sherbert in for a possible tooth extraction and an ultrasound of a suspicious lump. Prior vets had told us it was just a fat pad, but that diagnosis never seemed to sit well.
Turns out we were right to be leery of that diagnosis. While she didn’t need her tooth extracted, the “fat pad” turned out to be an umbilical hernia. She had surgery the same day to fix it, which she came through with flying colors. The post surgery was less stellar.
We kept her separate per doctor’s instructions. Then she slipped out of Mom’s bedroom at 3:00 AM Friday. I spent the morning trying to figure out where Sherbert had slunk off to and keeping the other cats from harassing her too much. It turns out there’s a spot under the couch that I can’t reach that is just the perfect size for Sherbert to curl up in. I managed to get some sleep between the growling but had a hard time stringing words together.
Four AM Saturday Mom woke me up. We hadn’t seen Sherbert use the litter box, and Mom thought her belly felt big. So I threw on clothes and put her in the carrier and took her to the emergency vet clinic. The vet (a woman who was way too nice for it being 5:00 AM) said that since Sherbert’s bladder was small, she was probably using the litter box when we weren’t looking. So I paid for Sherbert’s visit and put her back in the car. Sherbert then proved that she could use the bathroom.
The stress and lack of sleep knocked me out for most of Saturday. I wrote with Julie Saturday night, but I’m not sure that it made any sense. I’ll go back and reread it. I’ve been staring at Chaos Wolf, trying to decide if I make a structural change to the chapters before I submit it for the edit. I haven’t even touched the other two stories that I wanted to start on.
It looks like July will be the month I spend getting things back on track. Fortunately, I don’t have any close, hard deadlines. The few deadlines I do have are cushioned by a healthy buffer. So after getting back to normal, it will be time to dive in again.
I’m still recovering from con crud. It hit so bad that I haven’t been able to go back to the day job. I finally turned a corner on Wednesday night when I was able to get six hours uninterrupted sleep. Still, this has been the cold from hell. With any luck, I’m returning to the day job today. At least it didn’t become bronchitis.
It has severely sapped my energy, to say the least. I’ve been picking at things that I intended to get done after the con, and managed to accomplish a few. They all involve writing, but none of them involve actual putting words on paper. So my word counts are still at the levels they were before BayCon. I hope I can get things scheduled out to something closer to normal this week.
In the mean time, my friend ElizaBeth Gilligan has released the third book in her Silken Magic series, Sovereign Silk. You can find it at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks Store, or your preferred bookseller.
I went to BayCon and had fun, but came home with an epic case of Con Crud that is trying to turn into bronchitis. So a few quick points before I toddle back to a cough medication induced haze.
I won Best in Show for my X-Wing Pilot costume. Carolyn Hill has awesome pictures of me and Denise Tanaka in her costume on her website. I’ll get some up once I’m able to think clearly and get permission to post a few more pictures. It’s hard to take shots of yourself when you’re in costume.
I had an awesome time hanging out with all my friends. My hobbies-for-writers panel seemed to go over well, so I’ll keep it in my back pocket for future cons. The co-writer panel was also a lot of fun, and for once I didn’t feel like an imposter when I spoke. The Match Game was a lot of fun. The fanart panel was a lot of fun and brought back memories of my time in the X-File fandom.
Unfortunately, I came home feeling a bit off. By late in the evening, I had a plugged up nose and began the process of coughing up my lungs. Docs have seen fit to give me medicine, so I’m now going in an out of a mental haze. I’ll try to do a deeper writeup when I’m not so fuzzy headed.
Here’s where to find me during BayCon 2017. The full schedule of events can be found here.
Creative Hobbies For Writers
Friday 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM, Synergy 5
We create with words. But when we’re relaxing, what do you do? Knit? Paint? Sculpt? Weave baskets underwater while wearing SCUBA gear? And how does it inform your writing?
Sheryl Hayes (M), Michele Roger, Tyler Hayes, Dr. Carolyn Hill, Daniel Dociu
Saturday 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Convene 1
BayCon’s talented individuals show their moxie and their craftsmanship through performances and costuming with a nod to this year’s theme.
Collaborations: Are two heads better than one or do too many writers spoil the plot?
Sunday 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM, Synergy 5
Are two heads better than one or do too many writers spoil the plot?
Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff (M), Mark Gelineau, Sheryl Hayes, Kathleen Bartholomew
Monday 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, Inspire 1
Hilarity ensues as our contestants try to match their answers.
Ms. Jennifer L. Carson (M), J. L. Doty, Sheryl Hayes, Chris O’Halloran, JC Arkham
Monday 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM, Synergy 1
Is fan inspired art (the art equivalent of FanFic) actually creating your own art? Discussion of how artists do it and make it their own!
Daniel Dociu, Amy-Elyse Neer, Taunya Gren, Sheryl Hayes
Otherwise, I’ll be in and out of panels and the ever dangerous Dealer’s Room. Look for my write up on June 5th.
The answer to the question “What are you writing?” is not that much.
Like I said in my last post, I’m catching up on my costume. I’m closer, but I have at least a week’s worth of work to finish, as well as a script and music to take care of. I should be done in time for BayCon, but it’s going to be close.
So most my writing is currently On Hold –
In Progress –
Basically, I’ve got a lot of work that I’m pushing off until after BayCon. Then instead of having calluses on the sides of my fingers from knitting, they’ll be on the tips from typing.