Sometimes, the writing goes well but real life doesn’t.

I realized earlier today that it will be a plot spoiler of sorts to have “that novel” published before the sequel to The Madness Engine.  (Not that we’re certain that’s how we’re doing it, but that does seem to be the plan.)  There’s a sizable time-gap for a character who’s in both novels (I say a character because these fictional people have a way of surprising us, and I know better at this point than to assume he’ll be the only crossover), and having him there makes it clear that he doesn’t die (at least not permanently 🙂 ) in the other series.  Readers who are familiar with The Madness Engine, once that’s out, may see this character in “that novel” and wonder what could have happened in the intervening time to cause the changes they see.  (Yeah, I’d like to know, too.  Maybe I’ll find out when I interview him in April for the A to Z Challenge.)

Speaking of the A to Z Challenge… I was talking to my clone the other day (oh, be quiet — you’re just jealous because you don’t have a clone, too) and I mentioned something about a “character interview” I’d written some time ago.  He said that it would be fun to do one of those with Drake sometime.  I grinned and replied, “Well, I was hoping to interview him, along with lots of other characters, for the April Challenge this year…”  He likes that idea a lot.  So the good news is, I won’t have to sneak and do some of those character interviews behind my clone’s back.  (Do you have any idea how difficult it is to keep something secret from a person you’re mindlinked to?)

I get to do some more editing soon!  🙂  Imagine me doing a happy dance with red pen in hand.  Well, not literally, but you get the idea… If I go too long without telling other writers what to do with commas and participles and dialogue tags and stuff, I start getting the urge to take over the world or something, and since that would interfere with my writing (although not for the reasons you’d think), it’s better for all of us if I’m allowed to wield the red pen sometimes.

So, there’s that.


In ordinary real life (the part that has nothing to do with creating stories), things are not going too well.

Something is wrong with my left eye.  I’m not sure what, and I’m hoping it’ll go away soon.

Yesterday evening, I suddenly got a major floater in my eye.  I get them all the time, but usually they’re small, blurry grey things that, at worst, interfere a bit with reading for a few hours.  This one, though… Pure black and sharply defined, like an ink squiggle.  A moving ink squiggle, because of course every time my eyeball moved slightly as I attempted to see around/past the squiggle, the floater got sloshed around and rearranged its shape.  (Yeah.  Wasn’t fun for me, either.)  I actually watched this thing break up over the course of a few of hours, to the point where it was just a bunch of grey spots — fairly typical floaters. 

Then the flashes of light started in one corner of my eye.

I mentioned this to my clone, and he suggested that I was experiencing vision problems from pressure on my optic nerve.  It was a reasonable explanation; he sometimes gets full-blown optic nerve migraines, auras and all.  So I took some ibuprofen and Sudafed and went to bed, hoping it would all be better in the morning.

Well, the light flashes went away, but today I’ve had a faint blurry patch — a slightly moving blurry patch — in my left field of vision.  I looked this up online, and… WebMD says, “Retinal detachment may happen with no warning, but often there are retinal tear ‘warning’ symptoms of flashes and floaters.”  I was worried about this before I saw the web site, by the way — I just went and looked at that a moment ago.  And it seems that one of the risk factors is extreme near-sightedness.  Joy.  The only reason I thought to look up the symptoms in the first place is that, several yeas ago, I had a problem with floaters — one floater, actually, but a big one like a grey thumbprint in the middle of my left eye — that someone else thought could be a sign of a detached retina… Not that I got to see a doctor about it, of course.

I sort of wish I hadn’t looked this stuff up, because now I know it could be serious.  There is no way I can afford getting it taken care of, either.

Have I ever mentioned that the idea of losing my eyesight scares the hell out of me?



About Thomas Weaver

I’m a writer and editor who got into professional editing almost by accident years ago when a friend from university needed someone to copyedit his screenplay about giant stompy robots (mecha). Having discovered that I greatly enjoy this kind of work, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use ever since as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom. I'm physically disabled, and for the past several years, I’ve lived with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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11 Responses to Sometimes, the writing goes well but real life doesn’t.

  1. Ouch, that does sound scary. Hope everything works out for the best. And (*cough*) good luck with the editing, don’t be too harsh on the poor sod! 😉

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  2. My eyesight seems to be getting worse, and yes, it worries me too.

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    • Bad eyesight has been a thing with me pretty much my entire life; I started going nearsighted when I was eight years old, and it has only gotten worse since then. (It’s got to be because I have fibromyalgia — my twin has almost perfect eyesight even now.) I tell myself that at least I’ve had plenty of time to practice dealing with it, instead of it hitting me all of a sudden when I turned 40.

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  3. Hie thee to an ophthalmologist TODAY. This is a vision emergency that needs immediate attention. A few years ago, I had a retinal detachment in my left eye (the eye from which I had a cataract removed, back in 1996). As soon as I recognized it, I asked my optometrist for an emergency referral to an ophthalmologist, and I got my eye put back together, even though I didn’t have insurance. We’ll talk about how to pay for it, later.

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  4. A like for the writing, and a dislike for the real life stuff. I just started following you recently, but all this writing stuff you talk about has me really interested in these projects you’re working on, haha.

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  5. Alex Hurst says:

    That sounds terrifying…. oddly, though, another blogger I met in April A-Z had this problem too recently… (Patricia Lynne?) In any case, I hope it’s an easy procedure to fix and it’s not something terribly escalated. 😦

    I don’t know if I’m going to do A-Z this year… if I do, it’ll need to be something easier than last year. Maybe I’ll do Golden Age Illustrators, or something… hmm. Something to think about.

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    • It is fairly easy to fix if caught soon enough, and right now I don’t even know if I DO have a problem with my retina. I’ll find out next week.

      Golden Age illustrators sounds like an interesting topic for the A-Z challenge.

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  6. Something like that happened to me a few weeks ago — new floater, like an intensely black dot (maybe a clump of the commas I’m always deleting!), then light flashes shaped like parentheses in my peripheral vision on the right side. I left work and went to a clinic, where a doc assured me it didn’t sound as though the flashes were strong enough to indicate retinal detachment. And the next day they were gone. The floater has become a grey blob. Losing sight is a nightmare for anyone, but especially writers, so I wish you well.

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