Today, February 20th, marks the two-month anniversary of my family's Season of Sickness. On December 20th, the first of my four children got sick with what would be a three-round-of-antibiotics-bronchitis. Since then, we haven't had one day where between one and four of us endured the flu, bronchitis, pneumonia, or the stomach bug.
Even though I've been the one constantly in the face of each patient, I've felt fine. Which is good, since they all needed someone to take care of them.
But it looks like my time has come.
I hope it won't last long. I hope I won't need to sleep all the time. And I hope I can do some writing while I'm laid up.
I checked to see if other writers have tried to write while they're sick. Surprisingly, there was a lot out there. So even while I hope you stay healthy, here are some posts that might encourage you on your sick bed.
I absolutely love this post by SurlyMuse's Daniel Swenson. Writing While You're Sick, Tired, or Just Hate the World gives six practical but funny pieces of advice.
Sarah Wilson shares highlights from an interview with author Laura Hillenbrand of Seabiscuit fame. Hillenbrand has managed to fit successful writing into a life crippled by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Brian's situation at Anocial sounds like mine. Lots of sick kids, and he's the go-to guy. It's hard to work on bringing in an income when you can't actually take a day off.
Susannah Windsor Freeman, author of Write It Sideways, endured acute bronchitis while pregnant with twins (and caring for a toddler!). She shares how to keep up your writing when you're sick.
Do you try to write when you're sick? Maybe you just brainstorm, or do nothing at all. Hopefully, I'll see you Wednesday!