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Writerly Life: Yes, We are (All) Totally Mental

Are writers all crazy? Well...duh. I mean, we (some of us) work for free. And if we are honest with ourselves, we expect that to continue to happen for at least ten years (unless we are Stephanie Meyer). And we all know we may never get paid a single penny, even after twenty years. Honestly, what sane person would do that? Also, we live in imaginary worlds where dragons exist and eleven-year-olds can save the world from utter destruction; we do things like spend all day deciding in what order to arrange seven words; and then tomorrow we erase all seven because they were stupid. My theory: most (all?) writers suffer from ADD (what other job would zoned-out, dreamy, late, always-getting-lost people like us not get fired from?), OCD (how else could we spend twelve hours a day for months working and reworking scenes and sentences if we couldn't And then act out our a compulsion to write? How many

We're Back...

I am back from Korea. Thank you all for your book suggestions. Unfortunately, I didn't read at all. I was too drugged out on motion-sickness medicine to read on the airplane. Or the bus. The rest of the time we spent running between subway stops and up and down flights of subway stairs. No wonder Koreans are so thin. They are ALWAYS walking. Also, they don't know how to make edible desserts (though they do make killer lettuce-wraps). I lost weight. And... computer is back from the repair shop. It works (so far). It's a blooming miracle. It has only taken two months. MONTHS. Not weeks. Not days. Moral: do not drop off your machine to be fixed by a guy who works in a wire-filled dungeon in the basement of an acupuncture clinic. Anyway, I am writing again. At last. Vacations are nice. But getting back to work feels like putting my head back on again after airing it out for awhile. I knew I was missing something . Just couldn't think what.