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A glum morning. The sky is overcast and we have more snow (or sleet or freezing rain) inbound. Outside looks like the space inside my head. We match, the weather and I.

It's never good when I take days off without having very solid plans. I can't simply rest. As long as I'm writing, I can hang onto an illusion that by writing I'm managing to stave off some sort of inevitable catastrophe. The nature of this catastrophe is always vague, but usually begins with homelessness, then explores the nether regions of destitution. This is one reason that I write so much. I imagine writing keeps the wolves at bay. I stop writing, and there's nothing but my thoughts, unless I remain mentally active. So, there's never really any rest, not really. I've just been trying to catch up on all the sleep I lost in December, but I didn't leave the house yesterday and may not today, and the thoughts of catastrophe are pressing in at me. I don't know how people rest, how they take time off, how they stop. My rare "vacations" are rarely restful, as rest of the "not doing anything" sort only stresses me out more.

And it's all sort of beside the point, what I may have hoped to do this week and how the weather is making a shambles of those plans, as the coughing has stopped, finally, and the Bad Tooth has become excruciating again. Spooky's calling the dentist today, and I expect it will be pulled in the next few days. Good riddance.

I have no solid plans for today. But I will fret. I begin to think I should spend today and tomorrow starting something for Sirenia Digest #38.

Something nice yesterday in the mail, something from Neil. I think that was yesterday's one bright spot.

The low point was discovering that there's a very minor error in the header of Sirenia Digest #37. I asked Gordon to correct it, and Spooky's has just done a second mailing to subscribers. The only difference is the correction to the header.

I wonder if I could find something erotic about tooth pain?

Oh, I almost forgot to include something cheerful. (Sarcasm, people.)

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brienze
Jan. 6th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
I wonder if I could find something erotic about tooth pain?

The euphoria of a sudden cessation of that pain, maybe? My friends think Darvocet makes me loopy, but it really doesn't; I'm just so damn grateful to not hurt anymore. (And I think you are wise to get the tooth out altogether... a botched root canal brought teh Darvocet into my life.)
greygirlbeast
Jan. 6th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)

(And I think you are wise to get the tooth out altogether... a botched root canal brought teh Darvocet into my life.)

A root canal is no longer an option.
mrs_ralph
Jan. 6th, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
Tell your brain resting is work...the well needs time to refill and if you never do anything but write how are you supposed to get inspiration for new stories? Or maybe you could just get some wolf's bane and silver bullets to keep the wolves at bay? Usually when I am resting I am cooking up ideas for things I would like to make or accomplish.

The only erotic thing I can think of about tooth pain is getting rid of it otherwise you are just covering ground already covered by Jack Nicholson in 'Little Shop of Horrors'. ;-)

Make sure to get some ice cream with real vanilla in it for after the extraction. Make milkshakes or slurries with it and eat it with a spoon (no straw because sucking could dislodge your clot.) My dentist swears that the vanilla and cold helps stop the bleeding and keep the swelling down. It was one of the more pleasant prescriptions I ever got from my dentist.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 6th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)

Tell your brain resting is work...

Ha!

Sorry. Not trying to be an ass, really. That was my honest, initial reaction.

Make sure to get some ice cream with real vanilla in it for after the extraction.

Sadly, my teeth have all become so cold sensitive this isn't really an option.

Yeah...I know I'm not a happy little elf.
mrs_ralph
Jan. 6th, 2009 06:46 pm (UTC)
Once you get the tooth out you should feel a little better. I suggest laying on the couch with a notebook and pen make outlines or monster doodles to sell in order to fulfill the rest component and one of those enamel care toothpastes for the sensitive teeth. I used the Arm and Hammer one and I could see and feel the difference in my teeth right away.
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greygirlbeast
Jan. 6th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)

If anyone can, it's you.

Thank you.

(I would merely offer that a sexually sadistic dentist brings the idea of S&M to a whole 'nother level.)

Nah, too easy. Too obvious.
robyn_ma
Jan. 6th, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
'I wonder if I could find something erotic about tooth pain?'

'Oh, baby...I've got a big juicy oblique supragingival fracture for you...yank it, baby, yank it...all the way out of my gums...oh god...'

...Um.

Okay, this is why you're writing Sirenia and I'm not.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 6th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)

Okay, this is why you're writing Sirenia and I'm not.

Possibly, yes.
robyn_ma
Jan. 6th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
Hell, if there are fetish videos out there of women sitting on balloons or wearing puffy jackets, there's got to be a market for tooth-pain porn.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 6th, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)

Hell, if there are fetish videos out there of women sitting on balloons or wearing puffy jackets, there's got to be a market for tooth-pain porn.

True fact.
robyn_ma
Jan. 6th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
Sadly, googling 'tooth porn' yields dissatisfying results.

[cigar-chomping Preston Sturges-style agent, rapid-fire delivery] 'It's an untapped market, kid. Write us up some dental porn. Maybe a hot girlie goes to the dentist. Maybe the dentist is also a hot girlie. Heck, it practically writes itself, kid. But you're the writer, you know more about that. Maybe the dentist could sparkle or something, the kids like that.'

Uh, that somehow turned into Jack Lipnick in Barton Fink towards the end there.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 6th, 2009 05:51 pm (UTC)

[cigar-chomping Preston Sturges-style agent, rapid-fire delivery] 'It's an untapped market, kid. Write us up some dental porn. Maybe a hot girlie goes to the dentist. Maybe the dentist is also a hot girlie. Heck, it practically writes itself, kid. But you're the writer, you know more about that. Maybe the dentist could sparkle or something, the kids like that.'

Nice.
sovay
Jan. 6th, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
I wonder if I could find something erotic about tooth pain?

If it means the new and razor-edged ones are growing in?
greygirlbeast
Jan. 6th, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)


If it means the new and razor-edged ones are growing in?


I was thinking of something along those lines.
sovay
Jan. 6th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
I was thinking of something along those lines.

Yay. Speaking (perhaps) of which, I thought of you:

The restless ocean and the souls that breathe within
I'm tired of treading when there's someplace else to swim
I'm praying for something that's worth drowning for . . .


—Jill Tracy, "The Water Flows So Slow"
greygirlbeast
Jan. 6th, 2009 06:52 pm (UTC)

I'm praying for something that's worth drowning for . . .

That line is superb!
scarletboi
Jan. 6th, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
Saw Let the Right One In last night. It was amazing.

I loved the odd tenderness of their relationship contrasting with the violent backdrop of the situation. It was beautiful.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 6th, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)

Saw Let the Right One In last night. It was amazing.

Good. I really need to read the novel now.
laudre
Jan. 6th, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
My wife and I just saw it this afternoon. We were awed and amazed by it.
nykolus
Jan. 6th, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
nice journal title... :)
sfmarty
Jan. 6th, 2009 07:48 pm (UTC)
Interesting article

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7811875.stm

After my dental surgery (a couple of weeks ago) I began to feel much healthier. Good luck to you.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 6th, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)

After my dental surgery (a couple of weeks ago) I began to feel much healthier.

That's pretty much what I'm hoping for.
shaula82
Jan. 7th, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)
I wonder if I could find something erotic about tooth pain?

Hmm, maybe not tooth pain as such, but I immediately thought of Poe's Berenice.

Although I really like the idea of pain caused by impending transformation/transgression/as a signal of things to come.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 7th, 2009 03:14 am (UTC)

Although I really like the idea of pain caused by impending transformation/transgression/as a signal of things to come.

Noted.
spiritworld25
Jan. 8th, 2009 03:23 am (UTC)
I know that your having a rough time and its hard to do anything when you are in pain, thankfully it will be pulled and you can find some semblance of peace, if only for a few moments. :)
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