Daylight Day 31: S.A.D.

October 31, 2009 at 10:21 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

“Can you believe it’s my wedding month already?” trilled Mum. Dad and I exchanged a glance of woe. I caught myself and checked for sparkles.

Still not EMO. How can my hair be so green without falling out? Maybe I’ve become an anti-EMO. If only I could believe that.


“S.A.D” is a genuine medical condition. It stands for “Seasonal Affective Disorder” and it happens to people who are (otherwise) mentally healthy. Basically it means that prolonged cloudy weather (eg in Forks) causes temporary mental illness. Affected people sleep more, eat more, and basically act as if they’re hibernating.

But. . . is it merely a seasonal disorder, or have they been bitten by an EMO?

It is far more prevalent in cloudy countries (Finland, etc) where the EMOs prefer to live. Coincidence? I think not.

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Writing Daze

October 2, 2009 at 5:41 am (Writing Ranting) (, , , )

Today is Friday, roughly halfway through school holidays. While I usually have at least an hour or so of work even in holiday weeks, this week I’ve had nothing. Nada. No-one.

This is sort of good, because it means there’s a lot less in my life to cause daily panic. On the other hand, an entire week of sitting looking at my carpet isn’t good for me either.

So I decided to double my writing quote this week – bringing it to forty hours. It’s been dreamy. On Monday I spent eight hours working on ONE CHAPTER. Is there anything more wonderful?

I’ve been craving some novel-editing work for a while, but knew I didn’t have the headspace for it. As a general rule, the longer I take to edit a small amount of work, the better my writing is going.

I’m running low on steam today, but right now I’m in my 36th hour, so the fact that I have any steam at all is remarkable. Today I’ll finish the chapter I’m on and do one more, then stop – probably until next Wednesday. That way, I’ll have built up plenty of enthusiasm just in time for the climax and end of the book. I have a bit of work on Monday and Tuesday, so I’ll work on short stories those days.

Today I also launched “Daylight” – my twitter tale mocking “Twilight” (and all emos*). I bet it’s more popular than “Worse Things Happen at Sea”, because it’s pure, unadulterated humour.

Altogether, a good week. And I’ve saved up a week’s worth of writing quota for when my husband and I visit China next year.

*An emo is basically a person who is proud of being depressed. It’s a recently-developed and HIGHLY unpopular subgroup.

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