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State of the Self, Feb 2017

Let’s talk about where things stand in general with me.

1. Last night I posted fiction onto my Patreon. It’s the first scene of ONE MAN, the novel I’ve been working on, and I thought my patrons deserved a sneak peak. Just my way of saying “Thank you.”

Someone immediately cancelled their pledge.

Can’t please them all, I guess.

2. My gaming group has been playing MASKS, which is a genuinely great game about teenage superheroes. For the longest time, we couldn’t settle on a team name, so I’ve been throwing out joke suggestions (The Integriteens!)

The other players have latched onto one of my jokes as the name they actually want to adopt.

It starts with a hashtag.

3. I shipped my latest revision of ONE MAN to my agent last weekend, and I feel pretty good about it. She may have additional tweaks, but maybe not. If she does, I’m not sure how long it will take me to do them, because

4. I’m sick and getting sicker. Low-grade fever. Body aches. Exhaution.

And a cough that could shatter marble. At this point, I’m coughing so hard that my vision goes fuzzy and my extremities tingle. I honestly feel close to fainting. Which sucks.

Now that I’ve gotten older, it’s common for me to suffer a lingering cough after a cold, and I mean that it lingers for months. My wife hates it, because I cough big. BIG. She tells me to see a doctor, but they never do anything except prescribe cough suppressants and try to placebo me into thinking they’re super powerful. That never works and I’m sick of going. This time, though…

5. I’m not doing too much social media right now, because HACKING. It’s too hard to focus, which is why I’m doing Lemony Snicket and PI shows on Netflix.

6. My rent just went up.

7.Buy my books.

Mirrored from Harry Connolly. You can comment here but not there.

Comments

( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
sartorias
Feb. 1st, 2017 11:44 pm (UTC)
Might you need antibiotic action to whack the cough out?

(Though in my family we used to get a tablespoon of bourbon, which burned the damn thing out. Maybe that's why I loathe hard liquor now.)

Edited at 2017-02-01 11:45 pm (UTC)
sylphon
Feb. 2nd, 2017 12:14 pm (UTC)
The person might have cancelled since it was beginning of month, some folks forget they have monthly pledges on patreon till they get taken out on the 1st.
Tim Freeman
Feb. 2nd, 2017 04:49 pm (UTC)
Coughing
Be aware that there is such a thing as pneumonia. It is consistent with the symptoms you describe and it occasionally kills people. I thought it killed Jim Henson, but Wikipedia says that was just a first guess and they eventually settled on it being a complication of strep throat instead: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Henson#Later_life_and_death:_1983.E2.80.931990

Some of the things consistent with what you describe are curable with antibiotics. A competent doctor will at least use a stethescope to check for pneumonia and tests to discover which bacteria, if any, are the problem.

There is also viral pneumonia. Last I checked it was basically untreatable, but that was a few years ago at least so they might have something now.
Tim Freeman
Mar. 4th, 2017 06:13 pm (UTC)
Coughing, antivirals
For viral pneumonia, apparently there are four different antivirals worth trying in some circumstances, depending on whether it's influenza or RSV: http://www.webmd.com/lung/viral-pneumonia-lung-infection#5
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