As some of you may or may not know, I’ve had some issues with chronic migraines that FINALLY seem to be resolving. (The short version: have had migraines since I was 18. Went from 0-3 migraines a month to 12-15, suddenly and without warning. After 13 months, have managed to get my migraines back down to 3-4/month. Now am working on having fewer headaches as well.)
As you can imagine, this threw my writing schedule for a loop.
When I’d had a day job, I’d still managed to write 3000 words a day. When I first went “full time” with writing, I was doing 4-5000 words a day.
This last year, I’ve been struggling to get 2000 words a day done. Or rather, my goal has been 10,000 words a week, so only 2000 words 5 days a week.
I’ve frequently missed this goal (see migraines, above.) But I’m more stubborn than most, and I’ve kept writing regardless.
As of the end of August, it will have been two months with many fewer migraines. And I’m having fewer headaches as well.
I’d made the decision that starting this morning, and going until the end of the year, I was going to up that goal to 15,000 words a week, or 3000 words a day, 5 days a week.
I felt good about this. I was doing so much better physically. I figured this would be a breeze.
Then Sunday morning—I came down with a cold.
It hit me really hard emotionally. Here I was, all set to make a serious run at the writing again, only to get derailed.
I know it’s only for a few days. Maybe I’ll be able to start September 1st. I’m just disappointed.
In the meanwhile, I have the best husband in the world. He made my bacon, got me orange juice and Prosecco. I have coffee, tea, kleenex, and lots of meds.
There’s client work that I must do today. Before and after that, I’ll be napping.
And plotting to write fiction later. When I can.
PS. Though the migraines could be considered a chronic illness, and this cold sucks, I also realized that the last time I was actually sick with something like a cold was March 2015. I used to get sick ALL THE TIME. I’m still kind of amazed that it’s been so long since I was last sick.