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Forced Idleness

(Crossposted from Jennifer Brozek)

June 14th I had surgery. It was expected and everything is going according to plan.

I am recovering at a good rate for my age and health. Which is to say, like the last surgery, not fast enough for my wants. This time, I really have to take a full week off of working. Actually, 9 days off.

Several reasons for this. For the first 4 days, I was on medicine that gave me blurry vision. It also mucked with my coordination. So computer work (which is 98% of my work) was out. Also, the meds make me sleepy. Sleeping is good for healing. I’ve found myself back in bed several times a day for a rest.  Also, my focus and attention span is shot. It has taken me about four times as long as normal to write this.

So, really, editing is right out. Writing, not very coherent either. I can manage twitter and FB but everything else is touch and go.

Ya’ll have no idea how hard this is on me. I have contracts waiting. I have an anthology to finish edits on, an anthology to start edits on, Battletech edits. Battletech writing. Gruntz writing. It is all hanging over me like a messed up freelancer’s Pen of Damocles.

And yet, I know it is better for me to “just rest” and “just heal” so when I do get back to work, it will be up to my normal good work. Thus, I am idle.

And the effort it has taken to write this post has proven to me that forced idleness is the best thing I can do for my career right now.

Comments

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cascade_writers
Jun. 20th, 2012 09:01 pm (UTC)
Sending you lots of happy healing wishes! Take care.
jennifer_brozek
Jun. 20th, 2012 09:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I appreciate it.
torreybird
Jun. 21st, 2012 01:52 pm (UTC)
Ooh, hang in there. I've been to that surgery-induced-mandatory-rest place, and have deeply resented it each time.

FWIW, knitting sounded like a great idea to me - it's tedious, repetitive, not THAT pointy, so what could go wrong?

In no particular order:
- dropped stitches
- k2tog without reasoning or noticing
- creative "shortcuts" in the pattern I don't remember taking
- pointier than I thought.

Yeah. So, hang in there! Watching any good movies?
jennifer_brozek
Jun. 21st, 2012 05:31 pm (UTC)
I will try to find a good movie to watch. And one I won't mind falling asleep to.
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jennifer_brozek
Jun. 21st, 2012 05:31 pm (UTC)
I am but it is slow going.
endlessrarities
Jun. 21st, 2012 06:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I can really sympathise. Combining writing and health issues (iron deficiency due to long running girlie issues with me) is proving very hard, particularly when the day job has to get factored into the equation!
jennifer_brozek
Jun. 22nd, 2012 07:26 pm (UTC)
May we both survive and get better so we can get back to being our crazy selves.

BTW, I really do love your posts and pictures. I always look forward to them.
endlessrarities
Jun. 22nd, 2012 07:59 pm (UTC)
I'm delighted to oblige!!
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