Saturday, January 26, 2008

Just When I Thought All Was Dandy...

I think I mentioned in my last post how I'd been down with the cruddies. Spent over a week fighting various cold and sinus symptoms, while at the same time not getting any writing done. Thought I was on the mend, slowly working my way back to energy and health, when a burning sore throat began Thursday evening. Then the aches started. Couldn't sleep through the night and awoke to misery Friday.

Hubby was my hero. He stayed home from work, taking care of the girls (and me). He ferried the oldest to and from preschool and also did some grocery shopping to boot (not his forte, but we can live on hot dogs and Frosted Flakes for a few days...). I couldn't have expected more out of him.

I spent the day on the couch, in and out of sleep. Finally made it to the doctor mid-afternoon, where both strep and flu tests came back negative. (I'd never had a flu test done... they stick a swab up your nose and twist. Ugh. Very unnatural, if you ask me.) But he gave me two medicines anyway; one for chest and head congestion, the other for body aches. My first doses along with a full night's sleep gave me the boost I needed to get back on my feet again. I'm moving slowly but, as hubby went back to work today, I can tend to my daughters' basic needs.

I'm sad no writing has been done. Before the ickies got me I had idea after idea boppin' around in my noggin. I think they're still there somewhere, but I'll have to unearth them from the snot and lethargy. If I can get enough energy up to make the house neat and functional again, I should be able to sit back at the computer and get some things accomplished. It goes back to my need for balance - if my house is out of whack I can't get any writing done. Make sense?

What's worse: My down days haven't stopped editors from rejecting my work. I've gotten two rejections via e-mail, and one through the mail. The letter response was from Guideposts and it might quite possibly be the nicest I've received. Gives me hope for both the article and future submissions to the publication. One e-mail reponse was very generic, just as you'd expect; the other quite pleasant. The editor said she liked my work but they didn't use any freelancers for the category my article would have fallen under. But, she's going to keep my info on file for the future. (Do you think that's true, or were they just words?) I, just a little bit ago, e-mailed her again, asking if there are any voids they need filled within their publication. Perhaps, if I build a rapport with her, I can still get something printed. Eh?

Anyway, just a long, winding blog as I gather my thoughts. Hope all are well and that you're succeeding in all your writing endeavors. Until next time...


Melanie Hooyenga said...

My favorite line: I'll have to unearth them from the snot and lethargy.

I think the one rejection sounds promising for the future. Good luck getting healthy and back on track!

Janna Leadbetter said...

Thanks! :D