I have made a habit of using the last Sunday of every month to address issues of health for a writer. The better our health, the better chance we have to get the writing done and get our books published. On the last Sunday of February I was too sick to remember to do that. Preaching is easy, practice takes some work.
There is a particularly strong flu virus going around, so it’s good advice to stay away from crowds. And stay away from children! They carry diseases like adults carry credit cards. If you get sick, stay away from old people and anyone with a compromised immune system. In fact, stay at your computer. That’s the best advice I can give you.
Seriously, if you do get sick, follow the smart people’s advice. http://symptoms.webmd.com/cold-and-flu-map-tool/cold-and-flu-treatment-checklist Stay home until at least 24 hours after your last bout of fever, drink liquids, use saline nasal spray and throat gargle, and so on. For me, the sleep with an extra pillow does not work. When I start coughing, I won’t stop if I am sitting up or standing. Once I lay down, flat, I get better results. So be sure to adjust the checklist to your own responses.
Now, you will need to decontaminate your house. Get those wonderful antiseptic wipes and clean your keyboard, mouse, cell phone, regular phone, light switches, door knobs, pens, pencils, purses, lap tops, and anything else you touch regularly. You should buy a new toothbrush, wash your sheets with some disinfectant, and become as totally germaphobic as you can stand for a few days. Once you are done with that, you will be so tired, you will want to sleep all day. That’s fine, you can work out lots of plot issues as you fall asleep.
As a prompt, why not think of one of your favorite characters from a book you have read or a book you have written/are writing. Imagine that character getting the flu. Will he or she be stoic? Or complain bitterly and expect to be taken care of. Will there be piles of used tissues everywhere, or an empty tissue box re-purposed for the throw-aways? What happened in the character’s past that creates this type of behavior?
I have and I always will love Fitzwilliam Darcy. He admits to being spoilt as a child, so I imagine he would be somewhat demanding and expect to be taken care of. But I also see that his wife, Elizabeth, would know how to take care of him, and so he could also be stoic about his pain and suffering.
Thanks for reading! Stay well, and I will be back on Sunday.