I've been increasingly unsatisfied with my fiction writing. So have my critters. Am I writing worse?
I've been thinking about this for a bit, and I've decided yes, I'm writing worse, but it's because I've been trying to write more complicated stories with more complicated characters. I currently have an sf short up on OWW which tries to merge a teenage girl's struggles with adolescence and love with her father's political and military struggles in a future US that has sunk back into Third World status. My critters have had good comments, but most have said that it doesn't quite work. I think they're right, it's got problems, but it's because I'm trying to do harder stuff that I've done before.
That's okay... as long as I eventually learn to do it.
Update on my cold: still present. Not much better. Persistent, annoying, non-productive cough. I think I've sprained a neck muscle coughing. Ow.
So far I'm nine days into this bug, and not happy with it. Most upper respiratory infections are significantly better in a week, but occasionally you run into one that just lingers. I've wondered whether it might be adult pertussis—that's whooping cough. Kids get vaccinated against it, but the vaccination doesn't last forever, and adults can get it. Luckily, in adults the illness is much milder (no whoops, for one thing), is basically just an annoying, chronic cough for weeks or months. About five winters ago I had a similar illness that just hung on for two months, and friends have had URI's that lasted about as long. One friend, a nurse, about ten years ago developed a fever, then wheezing. Then she got a lot worse, wound up in the ICU, narrowly missed getting put on a ventilator. Viral pneumonia, but much worse than usual. She had no history of asthma, but she had to use an inhaler for wheezes for the next two years. Holy crap. Most viral respiratory infections are trivial, but every once in a while, randomly, you run into a really nasty one.
Viral crud or pertussis, there's no good treatment. Whatever I've got, I'm probably going to have to live with it until it goes away.
== chokin == savings
|The right radical was once a pictograph of a gadget for winding yarn for storage; this character now means 'save/store' in general. The right radical is 'shell/money', (貝), possibly added for the idea of stored wealth. Henshall suggests taking the top part of the right radical as 'roof', and the bottom part as 'exactly' (丁), and as a mnemonic: 'Stored wealth fits exactly under roof.'|