I had a good Christmas. A quiet night and morning at my mother's. An embarrassment of gifts between us, which is a tradition in our family. A nice dinner, although not nearly as stunning as the dinner joshuwain did!
Before driving up to my mother's I printed out the new first chapter of In Our Image and did heavy editing on it. I recently rediscovered how much value I get out of "old-fashioned" proofing like that; I'm not sure why, but it's a lot easier to be critical with pen and paper than it is on the computer screen. A few more little things got changed, including the setup for the next chapter.
So now I'm on that next chapter and I'm completely out of the comfort zone--I couldn't cut and paste from the original even if I wanted to, because what's going on now didn't happen in the published version at all. I have a new character and as of yet I don't know if she's going to introduce the animal cruelty investigator from the first version or replace her. If this new character just introduces Linda, will the new one stay around or just exit stage after her scene?
I'd like to keep writing tonight, but I don't think that's going to happen. See, in addition to this writing I am trying something foolish and risky: I am trying to stop my caffeine dependency. Given that I've been drinking coffee for over twenty years--yes, I really did start drinking it in elementary school--that's going to be difficult. In some people, like me, caffeine is actually a mild depressant rather than a stimulant. I was prescribed coffee by a pediatrician as an antidote to hyperactivity.
Pretty strange, huh?
The problem is that I can still overdose on it, and get jittery and irritable. It's probably doing untold damage to my system. And I don't think I really want to lower my energy level that way anymore. so, I'm trying an experiment by cutting it out. I've switched to decaf coffee, avoid caffeinated sodas--and I've bought a nice big bottle of Percogesic for when the withdrawal headaches kick in. It probably won't help, but we'll see.
Of course, I might go through that to discover that without caffeine, the problems the coffee was prescribed for--what's now called ADHD--will return. If so, no problem. I'll go back to caffeine! I expect to be having it anyway on occasion even if things go well--I just want to see how I feel when it's not a permanent part of my bloodstream....