This past week which I had high hopes for was particularly disappointing. A particularly time wasted week. I didn’t post a blog so I could attend the muse online conference but got an ear infection instead. It took four visits to the doctors. Two last week. The other two were because it was treated like a bacterial infection. The ENT diagnosed it fungal. That’s why the antibiotics weren’t working. Who knew? And me a nurse. I even worked at an urgent care center. Didn’t know there was such a thing.
*as she explains about her mother in law’s gall bladder*
The ENT nurse practitioner diagnosed it by looking in the microscope, seeing the spiky white strands of fungus, vacuuming them out with a tube made for that and then squirting antifungal powder in my ear.
Three days of throbbing, feeling my heart beat on the side of my head disappeared over Sunday. Not up to the computer I finished our book club pick by Barbara Kingsolver, “The Bean Trees.” I marveled over her simple prose. Sentences like: “Lou Ann’s breath came out like a slow leak in a tire.” After an emotional buildup and referring to the protagonist’s job in a tire shop, her fear of exploding tires and finally that she was taking a long car trip with a car not her own.
So why isn’t this about the muse conference? In my spare time I was only able to take one day of a whole week’s workshop, “Marketing on a shoestring.” I’ll summarize it for you by Saturday’s post. And the following Tuesday I’ll also share the only chat I had the time to attend during which I won a collection of stories. Woot! I however may switch them around. *Yeah, I’m mean like that*.
If you’re a writer or interested in becoming one, go now to www.themuseonlineconference.com and register for next year, 2012. You’ll be glad you did. Bookmark it and look at it periodically for there’s promises of pitches and other workshops during the year.
What did you do last week? Did you attend the conference or learn something amazing? I certainly hope you were healthy and happy. Here’s to more empathy for all those little kids with ear infections.
My very first post, on the muse online writers conference is here:: https://clarbojahn.wordpress.com/2010/10/20/hello-world-2/
- Barbara Kingsolver wins peace award (dorothybinder.wordpress.com)
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- Barbara Kingsolver Ready To Start Next Novel (huffingtonpost.com)
- Barbara Kingsolver wins award for promoting peace (cbc.ca)