Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Extra Crispy

I hope everyone who celebrates it had a nice Thanksgiving, and I'm sorry I've been scarce. For me insomnia + day job + Thanksgiving + evil/dark + ocular migraine = only 15 hours sleep in 5 days. I can function on 4 hours, but 3 is definitely not enough. By day five I was completely fried. Last night I finally resorted to non-narcotic sleep aid pills (Alteril, which actually works for me) and got in about 7 hours of very hard, dreamless sleep. Usually that resets my brain to go back to my normal 5-6 hours of sleep per night, but we'll see.

For these reasons and a few others I had to stop working on my NaNoWriMo novel, and obviously I won't be crossing the finish line. It was fun to give it a go and get out to the real-life write-ins (I made four before I had to throw in the towel). I'm disappointed, but I'm also starting to realize that what I want to do and what I actually can do are becoming very different things.

By the way, thanks to everyone who checked on me. You guys are the best.

I always say it's good to fail. You learn more, it keeps your ego in check, and it gives you the chance to start over and do things differently. It never feels as lovely as success, but it's good for me. It's also a bit like oatmeal. I really don't like oatmeal unless it's a cookie, but as a breakfast it's good for my heart and my plumbing. It'll never be my favorite breakfast (hot buttermilk biscuits and butter and honey and a big glass of orange juice will forever hold that title), but if I add some sliced bananas or raisins it's palatable.

So how are you all doing with your November novels? Let us know in comments.


  1. I too will not be finishing my NaNo, but i have been beyond sick. I managed to drag my rear out of my congested coma long enough to feed 8 on Thursday, then returned and today is the first day I actually feel almost human again. Needless to say, I did not write, did not compute anything. I'm still coughing like mad and horribly congested though. So you and I can 'fail' together :) No shame there. ;)

  2. I'm so sorry you've not been sleeping. I hate when that happens. Stick with the drugs a couple more days so you can be sure you're back on schedule.

    I've been a little scarce since before Thanksgiving thanks to family visiting. It was great to see everyone, but it's been a long time since I've been around four-year-olds. Even with four adults watching her it takes mere seconds for a four year old to find trouble. LOL. I don't know how parents keep up.

  3. So sorry to hear you've been sleepless in Florida. That's a killer, insomnia, plus all the other happenings, YIKES. You need to sleep for DAYS, girl. Hope you are back to your sweet self soon. And now here I sit in bed in the morning craving buttermilk pancakes, but with good Canadian pure maple syrup, of course.

  4. I was 7k from finishing on Friday. On Saturday helped watch my adorable great nephew who was very sick on Friday night. He shared his stomach bug with everyone who was at the house on Saturday. Today is the first day I've felt remotely healthy. with the day job I doubt I'll make it over the finish line, but it's okay, I am going to get it finished in December. I like attempting Nano just to see if I can do it.


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