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Pillow Thought

I am very much enjoying breathing through my nose.

Snot is not something I enjoy being obsessed with, but its chronic over-production makes my life miserable so I have to keep thinking about it.

I’ve written already this year about colds and recovering from colds, along with certain epiphanies over the years around my sleeping environment and how it has caused so much congestion. The other night I woke up with my nose plugged (again) and suddenly thought that it could be my pillow.

So I switched pillows. I have a sleeping pillow and an extra propping-up pillow – the propper-up is much thinner, but even without enough neck support and only a couple of hours of sleep I woke up feeling better than I had in a while.

What I should have done was to go and buy a new pillow immediately, but I decided to try washing the old one first. That was better, but replacing the pillow entirely was better still.

This should be a calendar thing every few years: replace pillow.

Now that the quality of my sleep is improved I just have to get enough of it.

Post Script: this post was written when I had just bought my new pillow and had woken up snot-free the morning after. As I am publishing it a few days later I have to mention that I have been slightly congested again on subsequent mornings as my body has adjusted to its less allergen-rich environment. It is still a lot better than with the old pillow, though.

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I find one of the most uncomfortable things about recovering from illness is suddenly seeing all the things that I haven’t been doing.

One of these things is of course this blog, which I will come back to writing about sensible things soon, but right now my primary concern is getting better.

Where I am right now is that I’ve finished the course of antibiotics which means the strep appears to be gone. This means the constantly scratchy throat is smooth and the swollen lymph nodes in my neck are more normal. I’m getting a bit more energy back, reestablishing work patterns and trying to get back to exercising.

I am starting from a very low base, unfortunately.

When I was at the doctor the other week my vitals were pretty decent, but the way I keep them that way is by exercising. If I had had a couple of weeks off I would start by running, but I’ve had more like three months without significant exercise so I am going to start a bit more gently.

But I am going to start. It’s time.

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Picking Things Up

so much paper

so much paper

I hate colds. I remember soldiering on when I was kid, whether because I was tougher or more resolute then I do not know, but these days I get light-headed with a sore throat and completely laid out by a blocked nose.

After fighting something cold-related off this last week, it’s time to pick things up again.

Here, for example is a blog post. Not, I suspect, a return to a regular schedule, but something.

I’ve been working on the next season of A New Dawn, the supers campaign I have been running with my roleplaying group. The first episode didn’t happen last Friday because of the cold, but I have been working on plotting out the season and working out specifically how to play the resolution of the end of season cliffhanger from last session. I will write more about that once it has been played.

I am also picking up Song again, thinking about my novel-writing process a bit in so doing.

My process for novel drafting has historically been to rewrite the whole thing when I do a fresh draft. This makes sense if the story is being largely rewritten as it so often has in the past: a new draft of Bluehammer, for example, was usually necessary because I was writing a whole new version of the story. So when I started in on the second draft of Song, where I’m taking the first half of the 2011 NaNoWriMo work and expanding that out to a full novel while adjusting the point of view to first person, I started afresh as I usually do.

And I’ve got a fair way into it, but I find myself writing the same scenes over again and thinking that what I wrote the first time was better. History does not bear out this perception – I felt the same about a lot of the Bluehammer extension content I wrote in 2012, and a lot of that was better in the newer version – but I can’t help feeling like I an making poor use of my time.

In picking up the Song manuscript to continue the second draft, then, I am going to work differently and revise the first draft text directly for point of view. It was pretty close in third person in the first place, so adjusting into first should not be difficult. This way, I hope, I can get to the new stuff faster.

Do you have any tricks you use to pick things up after a break, enforced or otherwise?

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