February 6th, 2016

The Red Tree

"I feel numb. I feel numb in this kingdom."

It snowed until about 5 p.m., I think. And there's talk of more on Monday and Tuesday, maybe another winter storm. So, today we have to make it to the market, which means slogging through the ice and snow and slush all the way to the East Side. Currently, it's 31˚F. The sun is blindingly bright off all the snow.

I feel very slightly better today, though, once again, I hardly managed to sleep.

No work yesterday, aside from email with ST Joshi and Centipede Press, Chris Morey (Dark Regions Press) and my agent. The day was spent mostly on my back, coasting through waves of aches and chills, queasiness, watering eyes, snot, cramps, serious anxiety, and mild headachiness. The chills are the worst of it. And the stark cruelness of sobriety. As of tonight, it will have been three days. Which is the longest I've been clean in...years. Some part of me questions the wisdom of writing about this in public, for the public, but if you read my fiction, and if you follow the blog, there should be no surprises here. And it is one of the few up sides of being a freelance author that no one's gonna give me a bad reference next time I apply for a job. There's no shame here.

"Our national drug is alcohol. We tend to regard the use of any other drug with special horror." ~ WSB

Late in day, Spooky and I worked on an Edward Gorey jigsaw puzzle, and then I passed out, and she worked on it alone. Right now, sleep is my friend. It just seems to be a friend who wants to keep its distance.

I have a few photos from yesterday and last night. Just before sunset, the sun broke through the clouds, that low-to-the-southern-horizon, highish-latitude sun, and set the treetops and rooftops on fire:

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“The story goes on and leaves the writer behind, for no story is ever done.” ~ John Steinbeck

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