I'm glad that the rest was good for you, and sorry that it didn't help the vertigo.
And yay for new story ideas!
Thanks for the update, and I'm sorry it's not better news.
One of the rules was that I could write down new things (ideas for stories or snippets towards stories I already had) but could not pursue them. After the first two days, that started happening a lot.
That part is really cool. It reminds me of some of the exercises that helped me from The Artist's Way, like the one about not reading or watching TV for a week and the one about finishing or getting rid of old projects.
I sometimes find it useful to sort through my unfinished projects and put some in the sub-folder of my trunk labeled "Fragments" and finish others.
But for me, it's important not to prune too enthusiastically. Mike Ford once compared unfinished projects to the nurse logs of the forest ecosystem, and I think that clearing my forest floor of all of them would probably not work well.
On the other hand, finishing stories that are nearly there before I start into a big novel project is a very good idea.
That's a really good point about leaving some of them to marinate or fertilise or whatever.
One of the lessons that I learned from knitting and have now applied to work and writing and various other creative pursuits is that I actually make more progress when I have several projects on the go than when I only have one.
Oh, very much so. Things of different voice and style, things of different length and type: all of it helps give me an "in" to work on something regardless of how I'm doing.
The nice thing about novels is that I often find Chapter 2 of a novel and Chapter 17 of the same novel to be very different work experiences, so while they're closer than even linked short stories, they're farther away than different scenes in Chapter 2 from each other.
Yeah, there are some useful and synergetic aspects to the "Forward in all directions!" approach.
Mris, sorry about the stupid vertigo. Glad about the less exhaustion though.
One of my friends was praising my patience with this today, and it's not that I'm patient. It's that the impatient bits don't do anything. They don't help. So there's not a lot of sense in expressing them, because they don't go anywhere.kniedzw
sometimes looks at me like I'm crazy, when I say things like this. But as far as I'm concerned, that makes Total Sense.
Anyway, I am glad the rest helped, but sorry it didn't help in the more central way. Fingers crossed that you find a good way to mitigate the side effects.
2012-02-03 02:45 pm (UTC)
it's not that I'm patient. It's that the impatient bits don't do anything. They don't help. So there's not a lot of sense in expressing them, because they don't go anywhere.
Yes, that. My partners were telling me recently that I should complain more. I figure, when I have expressed my unhappiness once, it's done being expressed and I should just get on with being sick/injured/whatever and not go constantly reminding myself about it. Because, yes, it doesn't help. If it helped I would be complaining all over the damn place.
I am glad that you are rested, and sorry that you're going to have to deal with the side effects again. Boo, side effects.
Well, there are times when I deliberately express frustration or unhappiness because I feel like the other people around me need an update of sorts, and "Yep, still frustrated; more focused on the cake for Moo's birthday, though" is useful data. But even then, it probably comes out lower-key than I entirely expect.
To be fair, we were saying that because you not complaining was giving us a skewed perception of how well you were.
But I'd said I didn't feel well. Earlier the same day, even.
This is like that thing where I have to raise my voice or Andres doesn't believe I'm upset, isn't it?
I think the real problem here is that you're using XML to indicate your feelings, so you're all "but I didn't say !" (or , or whatever) whereas other folks are using some kind of packet-exchange method where we're like "I feel this now. Please ACK."
Markup fail! Let's try again.
I think the real problem here is that you're using XML to indicate your feelings, so you're all "but I didn't say < / sick >!" (or < / like >, or whatever) whereas other folks are using some kind of packet-exchange method where we're like "I feel this now. Please ACK."
Stating the obvious, but I've really come to hate your vertigo.
I would have long gone off into the myriad maze of madness [that alliteration's so bad it's lovely] from just the frustration.
Thank you for the update. I've been thinking of you and wondering how it was going. The image of getting to stay home with my feet up reading for a week sounds really appealing to me from my 40-hour a week plus other committments vantage point. I am certain it is much less fun when imposed from outside. There is nothing that makes a person want to do something so much as being told not to. I hope that you will at least get the satifaction of getting to do some of those things again.
I am really sorry that the rest time had no effect on the vertigo. That really sucks. I hope you find a real solution soon.
Sorry to hear that the vertigo has not improved. I'm sending thoughts of good balance and minimal side effects your way.
Thank you for the update. I'm sorry that it wasn't helpful in the primary way that you had hoped that it would be helpful. I'm glad that you still gain some useful data/experiences out of it in other ways, especially in the department of how to keep yourself properly-rested. I'm sorry that it didn't prevent the frustration of having to go back on the medication that you were hoping to avoid. I remain hopeful that something goes right, and as always willing to help make it right in any way that I can.
Stupid vertigo. Cannot take a hint even applied with a two-by-four.
I'm very glad about the insights you have had and about the significantly decreased exhaustion.