Monday, August 24, 2009

Pains in the Head Make it Hard to Write

This post won't be nearly as long-winded as my first one. Monday has hit full-force today, with dinner, laundry, garbage disposal, mandatory paperwork, and research for my day job taking big chunks out of my writing time. To top it off, my wife has come down with a murderous migraine that jabs another red-hot needle in her head whenever the dog barks.

A good migraine, when its worked itself up, can leave one drooling in bed, eyes squeezed shut to blot out even the most minuscule light, desperately hoping that the sensation of nausea will go away long enough to choke down a crust of bread. I don't think my wife's that bad off yet, but if this thing sticks around 'til the morning, I don't plan on arguing when the question of sick leave comes up.


Author's Log

Today's writing consists of 450 words of a (new... d'oh) short story, and five chapter titles for the novel... which may not even have chapters, for all I know at this point. But I did get a kick out of coming up with them.

Current Reading

Finished half of Dead Until Dark today. So far I'd say I'm enjoying it: the changes between the book and the TV show are enough to keep the reading fresh, and it's nice to get a different look at Sookie, Bill and Sam.

Aside from reading, I've been listening to the soundtrack for Sam Raimi's Drag Me To Hell, which is the best horror flick I've seen in awhile. If you're interested in character development, you could do worse than to watch the movie and examine how Raimi keeps us sympathizing with his main character, Christine Brown, even as she does things we probably don't agree with. The soundtrack makes for good atmosphere music, especially if you're writing something scary or scary/dramatic.

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