Tuesday, April 17, 2012

On Page 133, The Only One Close To Death Is The Author

i.e. Me.

Or I.E. me.

Take your pick.

Usually when I write about something looking sweet and innocent, but actually cruel and vicious, I'm referring to Scooter.

But not this time.

No, it's spring, the most glorious season of the year, that has done me in.

Thanks to my hearty peasant blood, I never suffer from allergies. But this season, after an incredibly mild winter followed by an incredibly hot spring, my aristocratic sensitive blood has taken over.

When I'm not sneezing, I'm blowing my nose. When I'm not blowing my nose, my eyes are weeping. Actually my eyes are simultaneously extremely wet and painfully dry. Even indoors, sunlight hurts.

I really would be working on The Shade Of The Moon Take Three, but it's hard to type when you're wearing a sleep mask. And blowing your nose. And sneezing.

I do intend to get back to writing. As soon as this
starts looking like this, I'll return to the manuscript, and find out who lives and who dies.

I hope I'll be in the who lives category!


McQ said...

Please feel better soon - you have two readers (one teen, one way beyond teen) anxiously awaiting The Shade of the Moon.

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hello and thank you McQ-

I'd like to be finished with The Shade Of The Moon also.

If I don't feel better tomorrow, I'll tell Scooter what's due to happen on Page 134, and let him write it!

Bonnie Jacobs said...

My aristocratic side kicked in during my 30s, but all that was available to me then (that I knew of, anyway) was Benedryl, which put me to sleep. My doctor recommended generic loratadine, available over the counter. I've been using it for a couple of years, and it actually helps.

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hello fellow aristocrat Bonnie Jacobs-

A friend of mine recommended Claritin, which according to the box is loratadine. I've taken it for 2 days now, and have no idea if it's helping or not.

My guess is the weather will pass or the pollen will go away or my body will get bored, and I'll miraculously feel better.

I just hope the miracle happens fast!

Bonnie Jacobs said...

Loratadine seems to work better on some days than others, which makes me believe the different spring (and fall) pollens don't all affect me in the same way. I hope whatever's causing your allergies to act up will quickly go away.

Anonymous said...

I love your books and so does my 15 year old son. Have you ever played with dictation software? My son broke both wrists at the same time playing volleyball and could not write for 8 weeks. Our solution was to use Dragon Dictation. He just told his story or assignment and then made a few corrections. He actually enjoyed using it and the convenience of using it anywhere. I hope your allergies get better soon. We look forward to your next book.

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hello again Bonnie Jacobs and hello to Anonymous (and Anonymous's 15 year old son)-

Right now, I think if I dictated my writing, it would come out like this:

Achoo, Jon said, where are the tissues oh do I ache, I think I'll go to bed now, Scooter stop eating the tissues, achoo!

I took today off from writing, but I do feel a whole lot better, and I expect to get back to work tomorrow.

Either that, or I'm going to have to come up with a whole new excuse!