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Powering Through (aka the “Neener Neener” Theorem)


I woke up with a headache. It moved into my frontal lobe and made itself at home.

Of all the types of pain, I really think I dislike a headache the most. Other types of pain I can either ignore or treat and keep working.

But a headache automatically effects my ability to think.  Not a good thing when you make your living putting words on paper. And call it a quirk, but in my experience, readers prefer that those words be in some semblance of order.

Case in point — I started this blog post around 10 am. The first sentence is the ONLY portion that remains from the original post. I started to keep some of it so you could see how a headache effects me, but it’s pretty early in our relationship — you’ll have plenty of opportunities to see what an actual loon I am. 🙂

Anyway, after spending most of the day just doing nothing (or as close to it as possible), I’m trying to get some work done.

Deadlines don’t meet themselves and commitments don’t go away because your frontal lobe is throbbing. Sometimes you just have to suck it up and power through.  One word leads to five words, then a sentence. Put a couple of sentences together, you get a paragraph. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

Before you know it, you’ve got several paragraphs, and in this case, a blog entry. It ain’t poetry, and it’s not going to win me a Pulitzer, but it’s writing, and from what I’ve been told, it’s what I do.

So, whether it’s a headache, writers block or some other obstacle that’s keeping you from putting pen to paper or fingers to keys: suck it up and power through.

And no, it’s not a miracle cure. I still have my headache. But I stuck my tongue out at it and said “Neener neener — I got something done in spite of you!”

And that made me feel better!

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