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Whatevs - Nisi Shawl
Work on my novel scheduled for today has been pre-empted by a migraine. Not in active pain any more, but meds make me feel like wet straw. Will muster up the endurance to attempt research in another hour or two. Lots of that to move forward with.

I need to learn about the anthropology and ecology of the Congo--but not only the much-documented river basin. No, I am setting a lot of this book's action in the highlands to the east; still equatorial, but much different landscape. And the peoples that once lived there, where have they gone? What are their stories? I care. I care more than I care about most things at the moment. Migraine and or meds I take for them promote apathy. And napathy.

Back to bed now.

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e_bourne From: e_bourne Date: September 22nd, 2010 01:01 am (UTC) (Link)
I love the caring (don't love the migraine, I have suffered them, and they are awful).

The passion, the need to know something, is a wonderful thing.
vogelein From: vogelein Date: September 22nd, 2010 01:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Migranes, yuck. Feel better soon!
rachel_swirsky From: rachel_swirsky Date: September 22nd, 2010 02:35 am (UTC) (Link)
A) I hope you feel better soon, but

B) Can I just say how excited this makes me for your novel?
nisi_la From: nisi_la Date: September 22nd, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
A) Some better today, though not feeling full on yet.

B) Yes, and thanks, Rachel! I am excited about it, also, which is obviously a good thing. Although daunted at the idea that it may take two years to write it. Ughh! No wonder I've mostly finished short stories to date.

This will be my fourth novel, though, and I have learned a bit about writing them from the earlier three. Which I hope will soon be published.
From: ex_triciasu Date: September 22nd, 2010 05:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I hope you feel better soon and that the napathy helps.

The novel, I look forward to that :-)

miketo From: miketo Date: September 22nd, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yikes. I've had the M thing too, and they truly suck. Hope you feel better soon, Nisi!
polymexina From: polymexina Date: September 22nd, 2010 02:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
There's a doctoral student I know who might be able to help you -- want me to give her your contact info?
nisi_la From: nisi_la Date: September 22nd, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, yes, please! You mean with the research, not the migraines, right? Thank you!
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