On Writing & Publishing by Robin D. Owens

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Heat..thinking...and working

I've learned the last couple of days that, no, I do not think well in the heat. It's 6:01 now and I've been up since 4:15 trying to cool down the house...which was 84 on the main level.

Yes, I AM drinking a lot of water, and NO, my brain is not working as well as I wanted, and I sure don't have the energy to pull the 10-14 hour days I'm accustomed to when I want to work on revisions/edits. I've been lucky enough to make 2.

So, work arounds: I can clear out an area in the half-basement (scary but cool basement). I can clear out an area in the back storage room which has an ancient (but working) air conditioner...of course cats would not be able to come in and out, and since they hardly make a peep, I wouldn't hear them at the door.

I can find an inexpensive motel close by and rent for a couple of days.

I can flee to my parents basement (where they are also living since their house seems to be hotter than mine)....

But right now I need to write while I have the brain cells...later.



Blogger Cate Rowan said...

I so hear you. The other day it hit 95 degrees in my office. Felt like my brains were melting out of my ears. I gave up, retreated to the tiny inner hallway (the coolest room in the place) with my swamp cooler, a book, and a pint of Ben & Jerry's. The repair guy is supposed to install a screen door today, which would give me more ventilation, but we'll see. Good luck in the basement! These days, even a few degrees of relief can help.

8:41 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

I'm sorry the heat is getting to you this year. Living in South GA, we get a lot of hot weather, but this year has been really unusual. We had no winter at all. I think my air conditioner has been turned on since last summer. Hope it gets better for you.

10:57 AM  
Blogger FantasyAuthor RobinDOwens said...

I have retreated to the storeroom that has an ancient window air conditioner...but it works. Amazing how thoughts come clearer and faster out of the heat.

THANKS, all, and sorry about your place, Cate.

5:45 PM  

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