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Resurfacing. Again.
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Wow, it's been a while.

So. I think I'm at the tail end of a mild hypomanic/manic episode that's lasted about two weeks. I think. Using my Make Hay While the Sun Shines policy, I sat down to put as much of Black Ribbon together as I could, and write more whenever I thought of something. There are a lot of symptoms that I eventually notice--don't want to eat, have a hard time falling asleep and staying asleep, unexplained itchiness (often a caffeinated sort of tingle), creativity/productivity, and--sometimes--the distinct giddy feeling that I'm in love, even when there's no one around to be in love with. Turns out? Hypergraphia can also be a symptom of mania. BEHOLD: Tuesday. Read more...Collapse )

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There are worse things than taking a few days off from the Internets. Hopefully, it's enabled you to miss the latest incarnation of that goddamn "breast cancer awareness!!!!" meme of bra-color and stairs past--this one is about (shit you not) saying "I'm week [#] and craving [candy]!" based upon a list messaged to people, and your birthday.

For breast cancer awareness.

(Sounds more like pregnancy awareness to me, in which case I would just go with "BEWARE THE VENOM COCK" or similar.)

I know you're under the weather and the tail-end of mania is usually followed by wanting to stay in bed and never brush your hair again (been there, done that, bought the tee shirt), but if you could make a post about the fires in Texas? I have several friends and family in the way of the brushfires that are very rapidly spreading due to the drought this summer. Especially if anyone has or knows someone who has room to board livestock- I used to be a horse trainer so most of the people I know need to evacuate their horses.

This is a bit late, and is specifically about the problem of having to retype all those handwritten pages (great achievement, but the thought of typing all that made me cringe in sympathy).

Have you ever thought of investing in a Smartpen? I've been drooling at those things ever since they were produced a few years ago, and I stop myself from indulging by insisting sternly that they probably won't send them to my godforsaken corner of the universe.

Anyway, besides recording conversations and lectures, they also record anything you write with them (you have to buy the special paper, too). Then you can download an application which converts your handwritten stuff to editable text: this guy describes the entire process, and maybe the pen(s) are cheaper than they were in 2009, when he wrote this . . . must. resist. temptation.

Please, gods of writing, let Cleo finish writing this so I can read it! It sounds so yummy!

I've dealt with hypergraphia before - I found a really interesting book about it: 'The Midnight Disease', by Alice W. Flaherty. It poses some really neat thoughts on hypergraphia, how it is connected to brain function, and creativity.

It's a very interesting read, I recommend it to anyone who's dealt with either hypergraphia or writer's block.

The first year I did NaNoWriMo I think I clocked something like 25k in 2 days. It was interesting.

And talking about white whales... this book I'm writing now (well, actually series, because I'm on the third book and it DOESN'T WANT TO ENNNNNND) has taken me the better part of 15 years to get down. And it's only a first draft! It's about as crappy as Crappy Drafts get, only, you know, I don't do the [THINK OF SOMETHING WITTY] notes, because when I am all out of witty, I either just slog along or I stop writing. No wonder this has taken me close to 15 years.

My bestie/editor wants me to have the third book done by Christmas-ish, and I honestly don't know if that's gonna happen.