Writing On Drugs

It has been nearly a week since I had oral surgery.  In my more lucid moments, I checked into the causes of the pain in my cheek and under my eye.  It seems that having a micro-saw inserted into your mouth and removing part of your jaw bone causes the cheek bone, which is much weaker, to suffer from micro-fractures.  That explains why I was given so many pills to pop.  Pain killers and antibiotics both go down the hatch several times a day.

It turns out that I am not among the (in)famous great writers who consumed copious amounts of opium while managing to churn out amazing novels.  As a matter of fact, I’m at the exact opposite end of the spectrum… I churn out drivel and I do it at an astoundingly slow pace.

Today, I managed to write 1,000 words.  I’m pretty sure they are boring.  I have no idea if they make sense.  As a matter of fact, the only reason this post is coherent is because I took my pills a half hour ago and they haven’t kicked in yet.

There is roughly a 2-hour window when I am perfectly lucid.  This is the hour in which the meds have worn off and I can’t yet take another dose and the hour after I have taken them, but they haven’t kicked in yet.  During these two hours, my face aches and occasionally, throbs, depending on when I have eaten and how much I have touched my face during the time when I was under the effects of the meds.  So, I get little done at that time.

Also, during these lucid moments, I feel like a failure.  I’m a writer.  I write.  Every day.  When I’m not specifically writing, I’m editing, formatting, interacting with beta readers and alpha readers, investigating marketing, planning blog posts (which I have sucked at lately), and thinking about doing more book tours (I also suck at this, but it is a constant suckage, so I just accept that it never gets past the stage of thinking).

Furthermore, I have been reviewing some of my Facebook posts during these more lucid moments.  Holy crap!  I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to post on pain killers.  It appears I was very very wrong.  I do post and they are strange things.

Just a few more days of it.  After that, the pain should be manageable with Tylenol.

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