Today my arm feels as if it’s about to fall off and I’m tired. I also had some chills periodically. I had originally planned to do a bit more writing than usual but I think my goal will be just to get some words down and to maintain my productivity level.
My cat was limping last night. He’s fine this morning. He probably jumped and landed wrong. Of course, having gone to acupuncture school and worked at a vet, my mind immediately went to the worst possible diagnosis. “Oh no! Does he have bone cancer?!”
It reminded me of being in acupuncture school and we had Western Pathology or something like that. We were to learn about various western pathologies and when we needed to refer to a doctor.
Our professor had taught at the school since the beginning so he was used to to students. He’d gone to naturopathic school after being a teacher for a number of years so he was good at anticipating what would happen.
There’s an obscure disease that mostly manifests in men older than sixty which presents with fatigue, digestive upset, and difficulty concentrating. The class was probably 80% female and most of us were younger than fifty.
Before he even began, Joe stood up there and looked at us, “Just for the record, you all do NOT have this disease. Most of you aren’t men over sixty and most of your symptoms are normal for acupuncture students.”
Even having had him say that, I know we all found ourselves wondering, “What if.” It’s something called medical school disease where you start learning about all these things and every single symptom seems to be ready to kill you. The panic doubles when you’ve worked for a vet and the symptoms are from your cat.
My father was a Navy pilot. When I was a child he still served in the reserves but as I grew older, he went on inactive duty and when he was in his 60s, retired.
My dad wasn’t much of a talker, but when he did talk, family could count on stories about his days as a pilot. At his funeral, I learned he’d barely graduated high school, largely because he was bored. He enlisted in the Navy and served on a ship and became interested in flying. He found out he had to have certain degree requirements to get into pilot’s training and he worked on those and passed.
While he was shorter than average and had the slightest heart murmur, the Navy doctor still passed him as fit to fly. He was in the Navy when they sent out the first call for astronauts and my cousin who is more than a decade older than I am remembers my dad coming home and talking to his ma about applying. She was adamant that he not do so.
I’m sure even if he had, those minor issues that the Navy doctor had allowed to slide would have disqualified him from being an astronaut.
Instead, he met my mom and decided if he were going to raise a family he could do better in the private sector so he became an engineer. He worked on the Saturn V rocket and later on the 747. We moved to California and he went to work for the Jet Propulsion Laboratories and worked on most of the unmanned space craft from the Viking program through Cassini. He died before Cassini launched.
It’s been more than twenty years but I still think about my dad, wonder what he’d say about certain changes. I wrote a character named John King in the book Down in Whisper. I don’t think it’s the best written of my books but I like it because I created that character in memory of him.
I set myself two stories to write this week. I finished one already. It was one of those stories that write itself and I’m pleased about that. I have been putting off doing any sort of editing, proofing on the stories I’ve written recently for some reason. I’ve also been putting off finishing up a print cover for Unfair Magic.
These are both easy enough tasks. The editing might take longer or be more involved if I need to do any rewrites but the stories feel pretty complete right now which means it’s mostly going to be grammar and perhaps a linking sentence and then they can go out to markets and see what people think. It shouldn’t take long but I’m just avoiding it.
The finishing the print cover means I need to set up the spine. I have a template for it already so it’s just filling in the title and the color. Should take about five minutes. And another five or so to get it sized correctly. You’d think that would be easy enough to do, but, once again, I’m avoiding it. I hate it when I can’t get these small tasks off my plate.
Maybe I’m avoiding them because the bigger task is to figure out what I want to write next. I want something at least a little bit dark. The last two stories were fairly light so I need to write something darker. Some hauntings and ghosts and things like that. Moody. I love moody.
The best part about “falling back” is that I feel like I’ve gotten so much done and it’s still early. If there’s a favorite Monday of the year, this is it. I’m nearly done with the laundry already and it’s barely ten in the morning.
My sick cat is feeling better. Not only is he eating, he’s back to his usual Chatty Cathy self. And he’s on the desk, of course, making it difficult to type.
Hopefully, this promising start will continue through the week and things will be looking up. I have two ideas for short stories and hope to get both of those finished this week along and maybe do some short story editing so I can start sending them off to markets.
Training myself to remember to blog is challenging. I remember when I read the cat blogs all the time, I’d remember every single day but I expect it was because I was reading blogs daily.
I still read a lot of blogs daily but I’m not participating in certain blog days, memes, and games. For instance, even though I saw that yesterday was Blog Blast for Peace, it didn’t even occur to me to blog about it because I have so much more distance between me and blogging. So there is a greater challenge in writing five days a week.
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