Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Great Escape

Some people eat when they’re trying to forget about something.  Others exercise.  

Then there’s always the ‘drugs, sex, and rock n roll’ method (which is not doctor recommended).   And of course, we can’t forget day time television, books, video games, and the internet- which holds its own myriad of distraction.

I was surprised to discover, however, in the last few days that in my case, when the going gets rough, the rough get writing.  ( Ok, I know its supposed to be ‘tough’ but ‘rough and writing’ just sound so much better together, don’t they?)

..and writing, and writing, and writing and writing.  Needless to say, I started my wip almost three weeks ago and its already 24k.  Like the gold.  Almost 10k of which has been written in the last few days.  

 I’m thinking its stress related.  I haven’t been blogging much.  I just don’t have the energy and my eyes are already starting to protrude from my head from all the time spent staring at the black and white screen.  (This is not a good look for me.  As you can see from my photo, my teeth are just a little too big for my head.  And I swear to God, they get bigger every year.  Or maybe my head is shrinking. Is there such a thing as shrinking head syndrome?)

Anyway, I want to thank everyone so much for their kind words and prayers for my daughter Lily.  She is doing HEAPS better.  Today she had her last dose of steroids and we found out she won’t be able to see the allergy specialist and run tests until at least ten days off the treatment.  But her color is a lot better and the virus seems to have run its course, so YAY!!
 
Tomorrow is the ‘Guest That Character Blogfest’ sponsored by Jen from Unedited!  Thanks Jen for reminding me since I’ve got cronic blogfest-find-and-forgetitisisisis.is. 

Hope ya’ll have a great humpday!

*CQG*

32 comments:

Summer Ross said...

I'm so glad she's doing better. I'll be playing in Jens blogfest. and congrats on getting so much writing done.

Jaydee Morgan said...

That's a lot of writing - good job, even if it has been your escape :)

The Alliterative Allomorph said...

Wow, great stuff! See you tomorrow :o) Glad to hear your little gal is doing betta!

Are you a writer? Then you MUST enter this CONTEST!

salarsenッ said...

Glad things are looking up for you, honey, and so glad to hear about your writing. Great job!!

Dawn said...

Katie, I've been away without internet and this is the first I have heard of your daughter. I am SO glad she is doing better. And I'm happy you've found some comfort in writing. I bet your words are gold :-) Stay strong. xo

Laura Pauling said...

Glad to hear your daughter's better. And congrats on so many words in not a long time! That's what writing is all about!

Bethany Elizabeth said...

10k? Seriously? Congrats! When I'm stressed, I have to rewrite scenes. Or I take a break from prose and try some poetry. :) That's great that your daughter is feeling better, and I hope things go well with the blood tests and everything!
(P.S. I'm super excited about the blogfest!!)

RosieC said...

I'm really glad to hear she's doing better.

I always find that stress makes me write. It's the easy way to escape into another world where the consequences of people actions don't immediately affect you. It feels safer there (for me) despite the evil villains I create :) There's always time later to go back and polish.

Can't wait to see your entry tomorrow.

April said...

Well, writing is certainly a healthy way to escape, especially since you're a writer!

For me...writing. It's always been writing. Or reading in a bath with wine. Or working out. I guess I have a few different ways to escape, depending on why I need to escape.

Renae said...

I'm so glad you're daughter is better!
And congrats on all the writing. That is my stress outlet as well. It's actually what got me started in the first place.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

SO HAPPY to hear that your daughter is feeling better!

I haven't noticed that your teeth are too big for your head, although Shrinking Head Syndrome would make an interesting Modern VooDoo curse. (Always thinking, I am ...)

Congratulations on blasting through your new WIP! When the fever hits, you've got to run with it! Go, go, go!

Old Kitty said...

Great to hear that Lily is doing heaps better!! I hope you get to the root of the cause because that was pretty scary!! Big hugs to her!!!

And Well Done you for writing, writing, writing!!! GOOD LUCK with it and keep going!!

Take care
x

LTM said...

glad your baby's getting better! As for the writing through the rough, writing's art. And you know how that is--more emotions = more creativity. I bet you're getting some good stuff down!

Your teeth are NOT too big for your head. Back away from the mirror... ;p

Tom M Franklin said...

yeah, lily!

fwiw, i'd suggest "the tough get steroids to help them out".

it's interesting you've done so much writing. since getting back from my parents' house i haven't written anything but a single blog post. i find i'm actively avoiding writing this week for some reason. no idea why.

stay strong.


-- Tom

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Damn, you've been productive! Maybe I need some stress. Okay, forget that request.

Lenny said...

hi miss katie! im real happy that lily is doing good. i like how you said that writing helps when things get rough. thats just why i got blogging and it is a real help for not thinking about how i was soo sick or being scared of getting sick again. im in that cool blog fest. i hope you could read mine and make a guess. im gonna try to read everyones. its gonna be so much fun.
...hugs from lenny

Grammy said...

Hey there,
thanks for the support you've been giving me! I appreciate it very much and look forward to getting to read some posts again that are not my own. Best regards to you.
Ruby

Jolene said...

When I have a long writing day, I can't focus on anything for a few hours. Like I'm in this computer induced haze.

Talli Roland said...

So happy to hear your daughter is feeling better!

I escape into writing, too.

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

Yay! I'm so glad Lily is getting better. :)

Great job on the word count btw. I'm doing Jen's blogfest too. Can't wait to read your entry :)

M.J. Nicholls said...

Shrinking head syndrome is when all that writing energy and genius you had one day vanishes the next. It hurts, begorrah.

Jemi Fraser said...

So glad your little one is doing better - nothing scarier than a sick kid. Take care.

Hart Johnson said...

Yay for manic writing as an escape! (I have been there, so I know it works) And I'm very glad your daughter is doing a lot better.

Raquel Byrnes said...

So glad your daughter is doing better. I too write under stress, or while stressed...it helps when I have a nice gunfight scene to write. =)

Vicki Rocho said...

Glad to hear Lily is better. I hate it when kids are sick. Makes me feel so small and helpless.

But congrats on all that writing! I applaud your efforts. Now come over here and kick me in the hiney and tell me to quit procrastinating and FINISH my damn book. Got any steel toed boots? hahaha ;)

Carolyn V. said...

I'm glad to hear your daughter is doing better! =)

I'm doing the blogfest too! Can't wait. =)

Susan Fields said...

I'm so glad to hear she's doing better - what a relief for you all! And keep writing, sounds like a great way to handle stress!

I'll see you at Jen's blogfest. :)

Candyland said...

So glad she's better. I always write more when I'm stressed out.

Julie Musil said...

I'm glad to hear your daughter is doing better.

And it's awesome that you've piled on those words. Great job! That's much better therapy than eating!

Angela M. said...

So good to hear she's doing better. It's hard when the kids are sick, makes you want to trade spots with them.

Escapism is right! When I'm at sea, I stress horribly (yes, hair falling out and all), but I write a lot, 2000-4000 words per day even. I slow down again when we get back, thus my new WIP is taking a little longer this time. It's awesome you're getting so much done. Too bad we can't be this motivated all the time :)

And hey, you, I'd trade smiles with you any day!

Sugar said...

good for you girl! I wish I could get that motivated..I run to the gym when I'm stressed..although..seeing me..you'd never guess lol

Shelley Sly said...

"24k. Like the gold." Made me laugh.

So glad your daughter is doing better!!

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