On Evil Eyes, Dropping NaNo & Writerly Thoughts…

Last week was…difficult, to say the least. Once again, I paid the price for being a rebel and ignoring my eye doc’s strong admonition to use eyedrops twice daily. Basically, I have chronically dry/inflamed eyes, and last week they decided they weren’t going to work right any longer by watering incessantly and not tolerating much in the way of light – especially backlit screens – at all. This happens occasionally, and I haven’t paid good enough attention to what’s going on at the time to know the trigger, but I’m keeping a log this time, so hopefully if it happens again I can figure out what went wrong.

Needless to say, I make my living sitting in front of a computer screen all day, so I had to save what sight tolerance I had for work, which meant no writing, and very limited electronic activities during non-work hours. It was not only frustrating trying to work with uncooperative eyes, but also annoying having to stay off the computer at night when I really needed to be writing.

My vision still isn’t back to normal, but I’ve been using good eyedrops and it’s getting there, slowly but surely. Staring at the screen for too long still hurts a bit, but it’s do-able. As long as I keep up with the eyedrops and stay hydrated (something else I’m not particularly good at), I should be back to normal soon.

In any case, due to losing an entire week, and being way behind before that, there’s no way I can make the NaNo goal by the end of the month. So I’m out of the running this year, though I’ll still be working on that draft along with the two others I still have going until they’re all done.

I should be more broken up about this, perhaps, but…I’m really not. A little bummed, maybe, but really, it’s all good. NaNo was the best thing to happen to me years ago when I just needed to finish something (anything), but now? I know I’ll finish my drafts either way, so I don’t really need the competition/deadline any longer.

I’ve been thinking a lot about writing lately – from the typical writerly confidence issues to sales vs. art vs. overall business. I’m still trying to distill it all down into something coherent, but once I do that, it’ll determine how I move forward with the writing stuff in the next year. So we’ll see. There will be writing, of course, but I’m seriously considering a pretty sharp change in direction & writing style. Hopefully I’ll have more information on that next week – I need to decide whether or not to alter next year’s writing/publishing schedule fairly soon.

I dare say this week will be far more productive and less frustrating, and I’m actually looking forward to it. Onward!

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