Sunday, September 23, 2007

Caution: Zombie Working

My allergies are so bad lately that they've severely interrupted my life. It got to the point on Friday that I had to take some allergy drugs. Relief is a good thing, even if it's only temporary. Being drowsy is not.

The kind of meds I'm taking make me extremely drowsy and make my head foggy. So I only took them Friday night. Then yesterday morning I felt worse. So I took them again, felt better and went about most of my daily activities. This morning I had to weigh all the effects carefully before I popped that little pill: I could either not take it and suffer (to the point that I'm getting sick and can't eat) or I could take it, feel better and just nap on the couch most of the afternoon. I decided to take the drugs. So now I feel like a walking zombie who is reading with her eyes half closed and who will soon be grading papers. I tell you, what a rotten way to spend the weekend! And apparently there's really no end in sight to the allergy problem here in Austin.

I worked a lot yesterday (even in the allergy med fog) on TCAFS and I'm thrilled with the way the story is coming together. I still wish I didn't have to go to the day job so I could spend as much time as I wanted on my writing, but if I want my supply of allergy meds to stay filled, I guess I have to keep the day job...for now. You know, just until I make the best-seller list a kazillion times in a row.

I ventured over to eharlequin to check out the latest Harlequin Romances last night, which led me to check out several authors. Do you know I found one woman who had 7 books published this year? 7! SEVEN! Granted they're short contemporaries, but they're still full stories. I'm aiming to write 2 a year and I thought I was doing well with that. But seven? I'd definitely have to quit the day job for that and yet, I'd have to make more money in order to quit the day job! It's a vicious catch 22, isn't it?

Unless I hit the best-seller list a kazillion times in a row.


Kelly said...

Don't you hate allergy season?? Mine aren't too bad this year but they seem to hit at the worst possible time. Like right when I'm on my way out somewhere.

I hear ya on trying to write more per year. I want to be able to do 2 books per year but right now I'm only managing one. I'm still trying to find the most efficient 'system'.

Nita Wick said...

The ragweed pollen is what really gets to me this time of year. I keep waiting for the weather to cool so it will stop blooming. But temps in the 90's this week aren't helping. :(

One of my CPs works full time and often writes as much as 50k words in one week. She's finished (with self edits) at least 4 books already this year and none of them were less than 80K. There are also several books with 3 or 4 chapters and many, many short stories or articles she's written for magazines.

I don't know how she does it. All I know is she can churn out 5,000 words or more in an hour.

Don't you hate people like that? LOL We can only hope to learn how to do that.

Lexi said...

Kelly, I could probably do 2 a year comfortably. I'd like to do more, though.

Lexi said...

Nita, it's not just people like that, but the people who bring them to my attention! How cruel of you!

Heather said...

Dang - Nita's friend needs to be stopped! Or else she needs to bottle what she has and sell it. :-) If it cures allergies...even better.

I'm with you, Lexi. The allergies are killing me. I'm fuzzy headed and can't remember my name half the time. Sheesh. Come on, cold weather!