The best fever I ever got was about eight years ago. It spawned a wild, fun, really creative plot idea that is still one of my all-time favorites. It came out of nowhere and I made scads and scads of handwritten notes, literally in a fevered state.
Anyway, I was sick last week with a fever of 103 degrees for six days until they finally found the right antibiotic (funny story, I turned out to be allergic to the “right” antibiotic, so even though the fever went away, I got lots of very scary welts and both eyes became quite swollen, etc. I’m fine now, thanks. We found another drug, and anti-histamines did their job on the unsightlies.)
The worst part about last week was that I simply couldn’t do all the things that I always dream I’ll be able to do if-and-when I get stuck in bed for a week. Fevers keep you from enjoying movies, or reading a book. They also prevent this author from concentrating on her current book, in this case, the one that’s due in a month.
But I find that if I let my fevered mind wander, I can plot like crazy. So by the third day of this particular fever, that’s what I did. I started working on a new story – one that I had made a few notes on this Spring, then put aside because of the contracted book that really needed to be finished. The new idea had possibilities, but I hadn’t allowed myself to explore them for fear of getting distracted. Now with the fever, I just decided to let nature take its course.
Wow, what fun. Yep, I didn’t feel good, but still, what a great experience. With all the internal editors turned off – after all, what was the worst that could happen? – my imagination had a great couple of days. The line between dreaming and imagining was as blurry as everything else, I guess.
Of course, I’m a little behind now on the book I’m supposed to be writing, but I’ll make up that time. And meanwhile, I have a box of scribbles that are pretty cool.
Oh and guess what else I wrote? A wedding scene for one of my Bombshell couples. For those of you unfamiliar with Bombshells, they tend not to carry the romance subplot all the way to engagement, or altar, or whatever, at least not in the first book featuring those characters. It’s more realistic in a sense, because even though you suspect that those two characters will get together permanently, they’re more likely at the first-date or where-do-we-go-from-here-now-that-we-sur
And meanwhile, beginning next week, there will be an EXCERPT from SPIN CONTROL on my website. When it’s actually up and running, I’ll re-blog about it.
p.s. I tagged this with the "sick" icon even though I'm better, just because it's kinda funny. If I'd known that particular emoticon existed during the fever, I'd have blogged a one-liner just to use it. Next time!