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Tuesday, January 7th, 2014
the work and the boy

The boy was scoped today. I videotaped some of him being really goofy on drugs. The doc found nothing in particular so far. We wait for biopsies. There was one small nodule that could be something or not, and that was biopsied. Hopefully we get some results this Thursday. Basically there’s no “smoking gun” as it were. I’m not sure if I’m happy about that or not. On the one hand, yay! He’s not got a boiling ulcer! On the other hand, what the hell is wrong that’s making him barf???? He only threw up twice today. It was surprised, given he’d been scoped. I thought his stomach would be more upset. I’m glad it’s not.

I have been thinking about writing. First, this program was suggested to me today: Scapple. I’m thinking about trying it to see about plotting and developing ideas. I’m wondering how it will work for me.

I also got to thinking about how difficult it has been to get writing done this last month or so–partly because the boy got sick, but also partly because of the holidays and doing all the things. I am in a situation now where I really need to sink down in the work. I need to immerse and really think. More importantly, I need to nurture the creativity. I need to protect the work.

I’ve heard that phrase before, but I haven’t really thought of it. But today I realized this is what I have to do. This is the thing that it’s in danger. I admit that with my son ill, I may not be able to focus or be creative or do the work that I need to do, but after that, or because of that, I need to focus on protecting the work. I’m not sure how yet, but I’ve got to do it.

4 comments to “the work and the boy”

  1. Kbritain
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     · January 7th, 2014 at 11:50 pm · Link

    Protecting the work is something I am still working on, and probably will be for as long as I write. You have been through some major changes in a short time–a move, becoming a fulltime writer, and now your son’s illness. Oh, and not to mention the holidays. Be gentle to yourself. The writing will come.

    Hope the docs find an answer for your son and that it’s easily treatable.



    • Di Francis
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       · January 8th, 2014 at 3:44 pm · Link

      Thanks. Protecting the work is a weird concept in some ways, but in other ways, it’s so obvious and yet one of the things that is tough to remember to do and to do.



  2. Leslie
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     · January 8th, 2014 at 3:38 pm · Link

    I hope they can find answers for your son’s illness soon. I can’t even imagine how stressful that must be.

    I used Scapple a bit in my NaNo planning this year and liked it. It got more fun the more I used it. I think I’ll probably buy the full version.



    • Di Francis
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       · January 8th, 2014 at 3:45 pm · Link

      Thanks! I am wondering how it will be on my iMac with a big screen. It could be really cool.



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